2014 / Director. Stephen Sommers.
Review by Glenn Cochrane.
I had zero expectations going into ODD THOMAS and it surprised the hell out of me. Perhaps I would have responded to it differently had I watched it alone... but I had the whole family with me and I ended up having a total blast. We laughed out loud, the kids shit themselves and the girls cried. Based on a novel by Dean Koontz, the story borrows heavily from Robert Zemeckis's THE FRIGHTENERS as a young guy is the only person in town with the ability to see dead folk. With the local sheriff clued in to his gift, the two of them take advantage of his sixth sense by preventing murders. When a swarm of death wraiths begin to smother the town, it becomes clear that something horrendous is about to happen and hundreds of lives are going to be taken. And there lies the basis for this quirky, comical and sinister teen movie. As our lead character begins to unravel the mystery he is faced with death at every turn. From hilarious neighbourly ghosts to terrifying demons. I have never been a big fan of Dean Koontz, nor have I had a lot of time for Stephen Sommers (although I have dug a couple of his films) but the two of them have come together to produce a really cool comedy horror. The story is great. The script is strong and the characters are likeable and Willem Dafoe's presence lifts ODD THOMAS above the usual supernatural teen drivel. With our kids old enough to cope with rotting corpses, severed limbs and mass murder (LOL) we enjoyed this as a family movie and I thought that it was jam packed with charm. Check it out and see what you think. There's also an hilarious cameo from Arnold Vosloo that had me laughing louder than everyone else.