Frightfest 2013 Film Review: Odd Thomas

odd thomas“This is a wonderful and fun film that deserves a sequel with the same cast!”

For fans of the Dean Koontz novels about a short-order cook that can see and assist ghosts in passing over, this adaptation from Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) will please immensely. Anton Yelchin stars as Odd, the resident weirdo of Pico Mundo. Odd follows a strange looking man, swarming with bodachs (creatures that only show up when people are about to die). Something terrible is about to happen in Pico Mundo, and with the help of his girlfriend, Stormy Llewellyn, and Willem Dafoe’s Chief Porter, Odd does his damned best to prevent disaster at the local shopping mall. Sticking closely to the events of the first book, Odd Thomas has an almost comic-book feel to it. On a few occasions, the relationship between Odd and Stormy is cringe-worthy, but if you can get past the fact that they fucking love each other to death, this is a wonderful and fun film that deserves a sequel with the same cast.


Director: Stephen Sommers
Writers: Stephen Sommers, Dean R. Koontz
Starring:  Anton Yelchin, Ashley Sommers, Leonor Varela
Certificate: 15
Running time: 100 minutes
FrightFest Screening: 26 August 2013

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1 comment

  1. I can’t wait to see this film. I am a big fan and admirer of all the Odd Thomas books. If the film lives up to its hype and is half as good as the six novels by master writer, Dean Koontz, I can see them doing a sequel or adapting all six – soon to be seven – books into a TV series like Under The Dome.

    Lex Sinclair author of (The Lord of Darkness, Nobody Goes There, Killer Spiders & Neighbourhood Watch).

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