Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
2.5 out of 4 stars
Zombies are my guilty pleasure, more than chocolate, more than showtunes performed by Glee cast members. Though I’m often confused with a mindless The Walking Dead fanboy, I find most dystopian/apocalyptic media to be engaging from a social psychology perspective. World War Z, the novel on which the Brad Pitt movie is based, by Max Brooks is terrifying and imaginative. George A Romero adapted his famous trilogy to represent evolving cultural metaphors on race, commercialism and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. I admit a lot is schlock, but there can be ample room for experimentation and horror.
In the perhaps least successful subgenre of zombie terrors is the zombie comedy. Horror comedy is a mixed bag, but pull in the living dead, and one can experience either the banality of Cooties or the comedy gold of Zombieland. Introducing another 2015 attempt, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse exceeded all very low expectations. Directed by Christopher Landon, writer of four and director of one Paranormal Activity movies, and cowritten with Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki, this movie excels not so much in originality but rather its boldness.
This soiree celebrating the undead is attended by a failing scout troop celebrating the achievements of its most devoted member Augie (Joey Morgan) with his troop mates Ben (Tye Sheridan) and Carter (Logan Miller). Returning from a failed camping trip, they trio find their city abandoned and so begin the attacks from the living dead. Teaming with a badass cocktail waitress Denise (Sarah Dumont), the team attempts to save their own asses while determining what happened to their families and friends along the way.
Brazen with nudity, profanity, and dick jokes, this movie takes every joke and pushes the boundary. Faced with giant zombie boobs, they grab them. Opportunity for grotesque pun, you say that with conviction. Zombie penis…..I can’t even spoil that. If you can stomach the zombie violence, this isn’t a bad one to check out. Expect plenty of laughs and a fair share of entertained groans.