Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Movie Review- Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Joey Morgan deals with some killer pussy in, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse


Introduction

Even though it's at its highest state of popularity right now, I believe that the zombie genre has been done to pun intended death. But for some reason, I still can't get enough of it. Night of the Living Dead was the first film to scare the hell out of me as a child in the 80's. Well, bits and pieces of it to be honest. I would always change the channel on my black & white thirteen inch television after every few minutes or so to some more light hearted fare like Family Ties or Night Court until, that irresistible urge of morbid curiosity called me back again. I was hooked. Before I knew it, I was chomping at the bit to see films like Return of the Living Dead parts 1 & 2, Night of the Creeps, Dead Heat, and Pet Sematary. Then it seemed as if the zombie film had all but faded into nothingness during the 90's. If it wasn't for the Resident Evil video games, I might have almost forgot that zombies had a future. Putting aside my partial disappointment at the 2002 live action Resident Evil film, there was another film that year that showed zombies in another light and made them more terrifying than ever; 28 Days Later. Soon to follow were the Zombedies, not zom-coms, zombedies (my word). Shaun of the Dead, Slither, Zombieland, Dead Snow, and Warm Bodies. They added a little something extra to an oversaturated market. Even shows like Z Nation take a more comedic bit and in all truth, that's what's needed for the undead. There's no more time for seriousness. Except for The Walking Dead; If they lighten that show up, they just might get some flaming poo thrown at their corporate offices. No touchie.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Another entry into the zombedy genre is, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse; A funny and sometimes hilarious undead film that never takes itself too seriously. It reminds me of Superbad and Can't Hardly Wait with carnivorous cadavers thrown in to make things for the three protagonist virgins even more difficult than just acne, sporadic boners, and uncontrollable flatulence. That's what I like about this movie; There's a good balance between teen angst and zombie related shenanigans. The film also gets better as it progresses. Very little time is wasted on the characters worrying about their normal problems instead, those problems get interwoven into their zombie thrashing. As impossible as it may seem, there are actually a few original ideas in this movie. I guess there are still some ideas left in the apocalypse to be fleshed out. But on the flip side of that coin, the story is not much different than other zombie fare. It's sort of like a campy version of The Crazies (2010); The
town's going nuts, we gotta find our loved ones, we gotta get out of here, take a selfie with a topless undead stripper, the military gets involved, etc. Yet it's all worth the price of admission because this film is funny and even, hilarious. There's dick jokes, pratfalls, and beautiful women who kick ass. Well, only one kicks ass and the others just look cute while smiling and texting.
Sarah Dumont (Don Jon) is the ass kicker that I'm referring to. Besides her looking like a hot combo of Lindsay Lohan (pre-rock bottom) and Miley Cyrus (sans llama teeth), she actually has a brain in her head and takes the lead more than a few times. The scouts themselves, are the typical trio of completely different teenagers that somehow clique with each other regardless of their contrasting personalities; The shy guy (Tye Sheridan, Mud), The wild and crazy guy (Logan Miller, Ultimate
Spider-Man), and the vanilla flavored nerdy guy (Joey Morgan, Videosyncrasy). Together they bring enough character variety and world saving knot tying knowledge, to keep the movie flowing. Davis Koechner (Waiting) plays the Rasputin of the film. He takes a beating, squishing, and burning, better than any other Dolly Parton fan I've ever seen (see the movie, it'll make more sense). Throw in a Clint Eastwood-imitating Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein) and cliche douchebag rich boy (Patrick Schwarzenegger, his dad's still a better actor), and you have a pretty collection of necrotic victims. I also enjoyed the fact that the zombies weren't in a vegetative state instead, they had goofy mannerisms and reactions to any living stimulus.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

The Good- Zombies on a trampoline; Who knew how funny that'd be?! Undead kitty paws reaching under a door is adorable. The denture-free ass bite is more like a suck.
The Bad- How are you gonna sit in a jail cell for multiple hours while whittling a mop stick and never think to use that spear of tree flesh to dispatch the deadies that are surrounding that cell?
The Ugly- That old zombie dong is never gonna heal if you keep pulling on it. Also, I never thought I'd ever see a zombie do that with its tongue!

Final Thoughts on Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse also has a gory final battle that's clever and funny. Sometimes when you see a movie, it's okay to not have to think very hard. That's how you should enjoy Scouts; Sit back, relax, and let this film channel your blood thirsty, horny little, inner teenager. Who's going to judge you, the critics? The stick's so far up their pompous asses, that The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still offensive to them. That movie does suck though but, you know what I mean. See this in theaters and support a low budget film with big budget gore and plenty of laughs to spare.
Rating- 6.5 out of 10
93 Minutes
Horror/Comedy

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