Sunday, April 10, 2016

Phil sees SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE from Paramount Pictures - April 10, 2016

Zombie movies have been a stable within the horror genre since 1968 when director George A. Romero released his iconic zombie classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Since then there has been a plethora of zombie films, made here in the states and abroad. But with the release of 1986's RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, the late great director Dan O'Bannon added a new ingredient to the zombie film: comedy. In last several years we've had the zombie horror/comedy reach dizzying heights with films like SHAUN OF THE DEAD, ZOMBIELAND, WARM BODIES, DEAD SNOW and most recently ZOMBEVERS and POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD. Now the people at Paramount Pictures have unleashed another zombie comedy (or zom com or zomedy as it's affectionately called) to moviegoers everywhere. So what you will but SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is one funny, gore soaked film!

Theatrical Movie Poster (2015)
The film's official synopsis: Three scouts and lifelong friends (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan) join forces with one badass cocktail (Sarah Dumont) waitress to become the world's most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they'll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

I loved this a lot! It contains all the requirements of a zombie film and horror movie: people getting eaten alive, gore, bloodshed, scares, thrills, nudity, foul language and zombies. As for the comedy, it's freaking hilarious! be a teenager during the zombie apocalypse has never been more fun!

Screenwriters Carrie Lee Wilson, Emi Mochizuki and Christopher Landon (the film's director) wrote a very funny, very bloody and very entertaining script that kept the formula of what fans expect from a zombie comedy. Landon is mostly known as a screenwriter, whose past writing credits include DISTURBIA and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2-4 and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES. This is the third film he has directed, the last being PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES which I didn't like. However I am very happy and enthusiastic that he rebounded from that film with this one. His set-ups are great, the pacing is perfect and he captures all the humor and gore beautifully.

The cast is another contributing factor for my love of the movie. Tye Sheridan is a really good actor and is awesome as our lead hero Ben Goudy. I first saw him in the movie THE TREE OF LIFE. Then I saw him appear in the drama DARK PLACES, which I thought he was fantastic in. Logan Miller's character Carter Grant is a friend we all had growing up: funny, foul mouthed, perverted and just fun to hang out with. Actor Joey Morgan's Augie Foster is the one kid that refuses to grow up. He loves being a boy scout and that's all he cares about. Little bit of loser but this kid kicks major zombie ass! The sexy Sarah Dumont becomes the boy's mentor and parental figure. Smart, hot and she knows how to kill zombies with a shotgun! How could you not fall in love with her?!?

SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is a funny as hell, blood dripped zombie horror comedy that will leave you in pieces (pun intended)! Seriously, it really is that funny and that entertaining! The absurdity of it makes it that much more fun to watch! So sharpen your knives, bust out the shotgun, grab your bat and have fun watching this film! 4 out of 5 stars! Recommended viewing!

SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is now available on both Blu-Ray and DVD at your local retailer. The movie is also available at your local Redbox as well as on Netflix and Video On Demand. 

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!

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