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Fern Petersen, a driven high school senior, has her life turned upside down when her overly affectionate boyfriend, Robert Klingher, dies in an embarrassing accident. When Robert returns from the dead as a love-sick ghost, he tries to reunite with Fern - only to have his heart broken. As Robert plots to kill Fern so they can be together forever, Fern will have to fight to stay in the world of the living. Clinger is a blood-soaked teen comedy about the horrors of first love.
"Clinger" tells the story of Fern and Robert. Robert has had a crush on Fern for what seems like forever but the two have never really spoken until now their senior year. While running track Fern trips and falls and dislocates her shoulder. Robert who is sitting in the stands rushes to her aid and they hit it off from there. It looks like a match made in heaven until Robert's over affectionate behavior becomes a bit too creepy. So one night Fern goes over Robert's house to break up with him but a freak accident decapitates him instead. At first Fern feels responsible for what happened and she actually misses Robert but then she begins to see and hear things that might suggest that he is still with her in spirit so she gets some help from her track coach who knows a little something about ghosts.
The first thing her coach finds out is that Robert is a love ghost and to summit him she must stand on her head and say his name three times. The thing with love ghosts is they can get very violent if the one they love rejects them which is what happens when Fern wants to move on with her life. Now Fern will have to fight Robert and a host of his ghost buddies in order to stay a part of the living and send Robert to his final resting place once and for all.
There has been many movies before this one that has a lover coming back from the dead in one form or another but "Clinger" is one of the better ones I have seen. For starters it is a comedy/horror with a lot of dark humor and to it. "Clinger" brings its own original ideas to the table and its execution is flawless.
The film starts off a little slow as it introduces us to the characters and builds the relationship between Fern and Robert up a bit before Robert meets his end. The characters are developed enough so we can have feelings toward them before the killing begins. There are a lot of very likable characters in the film, one that I liked a lot was Fern's friend, Moe. A lot of her dialogue contains sexual references which are very funny. Most of the characters have some funny lines and there is not one wasted performance.
Speaking of the characters, the cast did a great job bringing them to life including the two leads, Vincent Martella and Jennifer Laporte as Robert and Fern. Both give amazing performances and they really carry the film with a little help from a fantastic supporting cast.
"Clinger" is a low budget film but production wise it looks much bigger. The effects both CGI and practical are very well done. I had a ton of fun watching this. There is just the right mix of romance, comedy and horror, the film clocks in at an hour and 20 minutes but it doesn't waste of second of it. Once things get going the pace picks up and it never slows until the credits begin to roll.
I must give a lot of credit to Director, Michael Steves who Co-wrote the film with Gabi Chennisi and Bubba Fish. Michael obviously knows how to make an entertaining film and I look forward to seeing what he does next. I had a blast watching this and recommend it to everyone that enjoys a good horror/comedy, it has everything you want and more and it clings to you long after it is over. A film I didn't want to end but it left a big smile on my face.
"Clinger" is currently playing in Theaters and you can visit its Official Facebook page HERE to find out where and when you can see it. It is also available now at a Redbox near you.
Released by Osiris Entertainment
**** 1/2 Out Of *****