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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
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03.02.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Christopher Landon

Actors:
Tye Sheridan
Logan Miller
Joey Morgan
Sarah Dumont

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Three boy scouts get their "always be prepared" motto tested when their town is attacked by the undead.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is a perfectly fine timewaster. There's enough entertaining bits to keep your interest and fun zombie kills for fans to sink their teeth in to. It just happens to exist in an overcrowded genre where "perfectly fine" might not be good enough anymore.

By this point, between TV and movies, you've seen pretty much everything possible having to do with the undead and SCOUTS doesn't really go far enough to set itself apart from the horde. The script, written and directed by the guy who wrote the last four PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies, was on the Black List of great unproduced screenplays back in 2010, and perhaps six years ago this all felt fresh. But I doubt it.

If the film works at all, it's thanks to the cast, which is pretty random but has its strong suits. MUD star and future X-Man Tye Sheridan is the straight character and doesn't really get to flex his comedic muscles at all, but the two other scouts (Logan Miller and Joey Morgan) pick up the slack. You also have back up from veteran funny people like David Koechner and Cloris Leachman. The one real standout, however, is Sarah Dumont as the requisite eye candy turned zombie slayer. The character sort of defies the typical female role in this kind of movie and Dumont plays it up nicely.

The thing that holds SCOUTS back from truly working is that it doesn't balance the varying tones well and comes off much more straightforward than the ridiculous title suggests. There are a few genuinely fun moments, like the boys unknowingly getting a lapdance from a zombie stripper or zombie Cloris Leachman trying to gum a victim without her dentures. However, they're overrun by parts that are overly serious (anything having to do with the boys and their relationship drama) and some that are just way too silly, like gags involving a zombie penis, zombie cat and zombie Britney Spears singalong. It's nothing that ruins the movie, but you get the feeling SCOUTS GUIDE could've been much more.

THE EXTRAS

The Blu Ray comes with a DVD and Digital Copy, as well as a handful of very generic special features.

Scouts Guide to Filmmaking (29:34): This half-hour behind the scenes doc is pretty standard, with cast and crew discussing how the film came together, the zombie makeup and effects , working with Cloris Leachman and more. It covers a lot for those who are interested.

The Zombie Makeup FX Handbook (5:37): A look at all the work that went in to the undead makeup effects, which the artists claim is "medically-accurate."

Undead Movement Guidelines: (5:12): The film's zombie "choreographer" gives a brief overview of how the actors and extras were trained to walk like zombies.

Uniforms and You: (5:11): This featurette focuses on the costume design. Nothing too interesting here, unless you're interested in boy scout uniforms.

Deleted Scenes (2:35): Two very shot scenes, including the full scouting promo video starring David Koechner.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

If you want comedy and zombies, don't throw away your copy of SHAUN OF THE DEAD just yet. If you want a watchable, forgettable zombie flick to pass the time, give this a rental or catch it on cable.

Extra Tidbit: At one point in the film you can see a road sign for HALLOWEEN town Haddonfield.

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