In 50 Words…Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse

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Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Directed by: Christopher Landon

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

Broken Road Productions, Paramount Pictures

Three friends, and fellow Scouts, get set to go on their last camping trip. Plans are also in effect to ditch the camp out after dark and go to the biggest secret location party of the year. Much to the surprise of the friends, they walk right into the middle of a full-blown zombie outbreak upon their return to town. After enlisting the help of a stripper, the group races to find the secret location of the party to save their high school friends. Scouts are always prepared, but are they prepared for this?

Horror-comedy can be really good if done right. I went into this film with no expectations. I had not heard much about it besides seeing a couple teaser trailers. I must admit. I enjoyed Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. The film knows it is a comedy and never tries to be serious. They follow the formula very well, and throw in some blood and guts for good measure. I found this movie very reminiscent of another good horror-comedy; Idle Hands (1999). Week after week, T.V.’s The Walking Dead slams us with an intense, end of the world zombie drama. Once in a while it’s nice to relax and laugh at hordes of undead. You won’t need your brain for this one, and that’s not a bad thing now and then.

3.5 Bloody Moons  3.5 /5 Bloody Moons

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31 Days of Halloween Day 18 – Dawn of the Dead (’78)

31 Days of Halloween – Day 18

Dawn of the Dead (directed by George A. Romero, 1978) Though the “sequel” to Night of the Living Dead is much different than it’s predecessor, Dawn of the Dead is still a landmark in the zombie genre. Gruesome, grizzly, violent, and most importantly; fun. I saw this movie when I was seven or eight years old, and it is something that has stuck with me, but not because it scared me. I was completely taken with the special effects. The amount of gun shots, head smashes, ripped off arms, and everything else captured my attention. And imagine going on a long-term shopping spree, and all you have to do is survive the zombie apocalypse? It sounds amazing, unless you get bitten. Four people escape Philadelphia as it is being overrun by the undead. After escaping by helicopter, they take refuge in a shopping mall. Faced with the task of clearing the zombies out of their new home, the group does there best to make their unbelievable situation tolerable. Things begin to unravel, and everything culminates in a battle with an outlaw biker gang who have come to pillage the mall. The role of Peter, played by the bad ass Ken Foree, is one of my all-time favorite horror movie heroes. Peter is the perfect mix of serious and funny, and Foree has great timing with his dialogue. Monster make-up effects wizard Tom Savini does double duty as the films make-up artist, as well as playing the role of the leader of the motorcycle gang. Dawn of the Dead has the same feel as a lot of the great films made in the late 70’s; a great synthesizer soundtrack, tough but vulnerable characters, a great special effects. George Romero did his best to keep the tone of Night of the Living Dead serious, so with Dawn, it feels like he tried to have a little fun with a larger budget. Mission accomplished. Dawn of the Dead is a quintessential zombie movie, so it should also be mandatory Halloween viewing. Even if human flesh isn’t your thing, try it. You might like it.

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Recap

  • Day 1 – The Conjuring
  • Day 2 – You’re Next
  • Day 3 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Day 4 – Dog Soldiers
  • Day 5 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Day 6 – Psycho (1960)
  • Day 7 – John Carpenter’s The Thing
  • Day 8 – The Prowler
  • Day 9 – Pet Sematary
  • Day 10 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Day 11 – Near Dark
  • Day 12 – The Lost Boys
  • Day 13 – Child’s Play
  • Day 14 – Sleepy Hollow
  • Day 15 – House of 1,000 Corpses
  • Day 16 – The Devil’s Rejects
  • Day 17 – Night of the Living Dead
  • Day 18 – Dawn of the Dead (’78)

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