Back in 2003, Dean Koontz released a little paranormal thriller with the unlikely title of Odd Thomas, a quirky tale of an unassuming young man with the power to see ghosts (and worse). Odd Thomas quickly hit the best seller list and was picked up for a feature-length film adaptation, then…nothing. Entangled in legal issues, the film’s anticipated 2013 theatrical release date has long since come and gone. Luckily for Odd Thomas fans, the film has quietly become available for digital rental from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon On Demand. You can watch the trailer below.
Although there are definite parallels to Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, the trailer seems to capture some of the juxtaposition of dark supernatural themes with good-natured goofery that made the first Odd Thomas book work. Director Stephen Sommers has turned out work with a similar tone in 1999’s The Mummy, and Odd Thomas star Anton Yelchin was charming in the Star Trek and Fright Night reboots. I’m willing to give this one a chance as a potentially pleasant afternoon diversion. What do you think, kittens?