I’ve been wanting to see ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ from the moment I had heard about it via the Internet. When exactly did I hear about it? Well, I can’t remember. A year or two ago, I think. Anyway, I never did see it in theatres. I had the chance, but for one reason or another I didn’t take it. Now, recently released on Blu-Ray/DVD, I’ve gotten the chance to see it and I’m even more bummed about not seeing it in theatres than I was beforehand.
Starring Tye Sheridan, Joey Morgan, and Logan Miller, ‘Scouts Guide’ is about three friends who met through the Boy Scout program way back when. Now teenagers, two of the friends are ready to grow up whilst the other is stuck in the past. Then, on the night of Augie’s (Morgan) biggest achievement, Ben (Sheridan) and Carter (Miller) decide to ditch Augie and go to a “cool kids” party instead. While all of this is happening, there’s a zombie outbreak occurring. Naturally. So a night of partying quickly turns into a night of survival, and thus we have ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’.
Right from the moment it started, to the moment it ended, I was pretty much hooked! The opening shot is of a janitor, singing and dancing to Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow” track. I love the opening for two reasons: it’s a great use of this song, and it really sets the tone for the entire movie. It’s one of those “you’ll know whether or not it’s for you within the first minute” type of movies. Moving on, the janitor is the first to go. After that, it’s a downward spiral. Before you know it, almost the whole town is infected.
That’s why I like this movie; because it’s a zombie movie with none of that “character development” shit. It’s quick and to the point and though this might sound pretty atrocious, it really isn’t. The filmmakers are aware that we’re not here for anything serious, that we’re just here for the zombies; not the lousy, no-good humans.
The other thing I really enjoyed about this film was its creativity. I’ve seen other reviewers saying it’s a pretty average zombie flick, but rarely have I seen a zombie flick that shows zombie genitals. Maybe that’s because I’m somewhat of a “newbie” when it comes to this type of film, but I thought that there was enough variety and creativity to excite.
Okay, enough praise; I do have a couple of very minor quibbles. Like, the whole romance aspect was hit or miss for me. There were parts where the romance actually worked and made me feel all warm inside. Then there were other parts that made me very angry and cynical about love and relationships. Another complaint is that not all of the jokes were funny. More times than not, I found myself laughing. However, when there was a bad joke it wasn’t just bad, it was really, really bad. Luckily, the bad jokes are few and far between. Also, there were times where some of the characters were obnoxious and some of the puns didn’t work. For the most part though, things clicked, and I found myself more entertained than I thought I was going to be.
Overall, ‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ is a fun zombie flick. I realise that it’s not the greatest, but I thought it was the one of the best to come out in recent memory. There’s enough of a story there to give the film the structure it needs and the gore isn’t anything too insane. Basically, it’s great for a horror-comedy and I can see this becoming a bit of a cult-classic within a couple of years.
P.S. There’s zombified boobies, so if that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will.
Director: Christopher Landon
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan