‘Always bring protection’
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a 2015 American comedy horror film directed by Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day 2U; Happy Death Day; Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) from a screenplay co-written with Carrie Evans, Emi Mochizuki and Lona Williams.
The make-up effects were provided by Tony Gardner and his company, Alterian, Inc.
Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead…
” …. entertains with gross out humor, hilarious one-liners, and an action packed climax I was pulled in to. Through and through, Landon’s characters are likable and very charming, even when they’re being obnoxious, and we want to see these underdogs prevail.” Cinema Crazed
“Shaun of the Dead this ain’t. Nor is it even Zombieland. The humour here is resolutely toilet-level, concentrating (inevitably) on adolescent male obsessions with bodily functions, fluids and odours but fortunately, when the undead start to appear, the focus changes to gross-out gore and splatter and the occasional neat visual gag… ” Starburst
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” … essentially one prolonged chase with a few interludes in a strip joint (called Lawrence of Alabia) and at a secret high-school dance to which the scouts aren’t invited. As zombies’ heads are shot off and feral cats and even more feral old ladies prey on the hapless adolescent heroes, you can’t help but warm to the cheery irreverence of the storytelling.” Independent
“The gags are hoary (gropey male virgins, rotting female lap dancers, Re-Animator-style cunnilingus), the gore plentiful but unoriginal (Braindead did the tooled-up set piece better way back in the 90s), the scares nonexistent (The Evil Dead this ain’t). Putrefied audiences may get a few yucks from the crass schoolboy blend of tits and offal…” The Observer
“As horror, Scouts Guide is too frivolous to thrill. As comedy, it leans too much on scenes that see the teens groping big-breasted topless zombies or the beasties sexually molesting young girls. The aim here seems to be to replace startled gasps with shocked guffaws.” Los Angeles Times
“If the film lacks bite and panache, it’s still true to the spirit of predecessors like Re-Animator and Zombieland in its fondness for wild horror and terrible taste laughs. Although the female characters are often leered at, this is an equal opportunities offender that also sports an unflappable action heroine (Sarah Dumont).” Radio Times
“This is male juvenile fantasy at its most tired, its most obvious, its most banal, and its most infuriating. Boy dorks get to save the day, and their friendship is reaffirmed as stronger than ever while the humanity of women is dismissed.” Flick Filosopher
“There’s this one shot, almost seven seconds long, in the horror-comedy Scouts’ Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. And the shot is just a huge pair of breasts, up close, in slow-mo, bouncing “hilariously” on camera. I know — breasts are so funny like that, aren’t they?” The Times (UK)
Cast and characters:
Tye Sheridan … Ben
Logan Miller … Carter
Joey Morgan … Augie
David Koechner … Scout Leader Rogers
Halston Sage … Kendall
Patrick Schwarzenegger … Jeff
Cloris Leachman … Ms Fielder – Lake Placid 2; Young Frankenstein
The film took $16,137,046 worldwide on a budget of $15 million.
The film was formerly titled Scouts vs. Zombies