Starring: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, David Koechner, Sarah Dumont
Running time: 92 Minutes
Directed by: Christopher B. Landon
Year of release: 2015
Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a zombie comedy which takes its cue from Shaun of the Dead but is lacking in most of the elements that has made that film a modern classic. Three nerdy high school sophomores, Ben, Carter, and Augie, are trying to recruit new members into their Scout troop which is led by the overly enthusiastic Scout Leader Rogers (Koechner). While Augie is still deeply in love with being a scout, Ben and Carter want out but are afraid to tell their friend.
Carter and Ben are invited to a secret party but already have a camping trip planned to the nearby woods. They scheme to sneak away when Augie falls asleep and return before he wakes up. They arrive in town to find it seemingly deserted. Seeing no bouncer outside the local club, the boys use the opening to sneak inside…where they are promptly attacked by seductive zombie strippers and the bouncer. They are rescued by Denise (Dumont), the beautiful cocktail waitress. Meanwhile Augie has also returned to town trying to located Scout Leader Rogers to find out why he did not show up for the trip. Rogers has already been turned into a zombie, however.
The three boys eventually meet up and discover the address they were given for the secret party was false and all a prank played on them by the boyfriend of Carter’s sister. The four head to Carter’s house in the hopes of locating his sister’s diary and finding the real location of the party. They need to find th party and rescue Carter’s sister before they are all turned into the undead.
In truth, the Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is part zombie horror and part 1980s coming-of-age teen comedy. As with 80s classics like “Porky’s” the goal is to visit hookers or prostitutes and finally have sex…with zombies added in for fun. Neither element works particularly well. None of the characters are compelling in the least and are more lifeless than the zombies whom they fight. The one saving grace is David Koechner (the Office) who is always hilarious even in a lackluster production.
There are a lot of sight gags, most of which fall flat and there is the ubiquitous “A-Team” moment when the group coddles together various items to turn into weapons to kill the zombies, something we’ve seen over and over again without anything new. The laughs are few and far between and there’s not even enough nudity to make it successful as a T&A film.
2 Deleted scenes.
Scouts Guide To Filmmaking- (29:34) featurette containing film clips, interviews, set footage, script discussions, and more.
The Zombie Makeup FX Handbook – (5:37) A short featurette revolving around the zombie makeup FX.
Undead Movement Guidelines: Zombie Choreography – (5:12) Looks at how the zombies were instructed to move in different ways based on their characters.
Uniforms And You: Costume Design (5:11)- A guide to the character’s wardrobes and the zombies clothes.