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Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Review by CJ

Director:
Christopher Landon

Starring:
Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, Halston Sage

Other notable appearances:
Blake Anderson, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman, Patrick Schwarzenegger

Running time:
93 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Shaun of the Dead, Evil Dead, The Babysitter

 

When the zombie apocalypse is caused by a hapless janitor, three scouts must use all of their skills if they are to save the day.

To start at the beginning, the dance intro in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, performed by Blake Anderson, is second only to the one performed by Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Following that is the cheesiest, most inappropriately funny zombie film I have ever seen.

In terms of zombie mechanics, I must admit I was really annoyed by the running zombies in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse — in fact, I’m annoyed by all fast zombies. Zombies that run just don’t seem right to me. But then one started jumping on a trampoline and my whole zombie physics theory went out the window, so I just sat back and enjoyed the sophomoric humour and fun, albeit predictable, plot.

As mentioned, the humour is very immature, which I kinda love when it’s done well. If you don’t like well crafted penis jokes then Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is not for you. I was howling with laughter in several parts though and I don’t often laugh aloud during films.

The cast in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse seemed to have a lot of fun with their roles and their performances were entertaining as a result.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’s special effects are quite good for the most part. The makeup is on point and the zombies look the part. The only scenes that pushed me out of the narrative were the obvious 3D scenes. You know the ones I mean, they’re in lots of films. Things start moving really slowly, seem overly animated and start flying towards the camera like asteroids. That may be effective in a 3D cinema 20 years ago, but nowadays such obvious tactics cheapen otherwise entertaining films when not viewed in 3D.

There are high cheese levels in terms of the plot, the dialogue and the humour. But overall, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a well made horror comedy film with decent effects, a good cast and loads of fun moments.

Rating:

“All right, scouts. Let’s kick some zombie ass!”

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3 Comments on Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

  1. Thanks to this review, I’ve now added Scouts Guide to my Netflix list. Cheers.

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