But it's poorly acted, production values are low and, taste-wise, the makers could never be accused of setting the bar too high. I had trouble believing Landon and company were going to be able to pull this type of horror-comedy hybrid off.
But they do, more or less, the strengths of the performances and the number of solid laughs winning me over. Scout offers a few laughs and some nicely gooey practical effects, but there's really not a lot to recommend it.
Scout dances a mostly successful line in splatter gore and gross-out humor, itself a sleeve-full of merit badges. Zombie Apocalypse is as dumb as a box of rocks, and as spectacularly violent as you'd expect.
Better to enjoy the action and forget that it's not supposed to be a work of art. RIDICULOUS and funny, this Scouts versus zombies movie is a giggle fest of gore.
The film delivers the kind of entertainment fit for a certain maturity level; your inner seventeen-year-old may enjoy this more than you'd care to admit, and against your better judgement. For nearly a decade, high school sophomores Ben (The Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Angie (Joey Morgan) have remained dedicated to their local Boy Scouts of America chapter.
Lore-hounds won't get much exposition to explain origins of the Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse nor does the filmmaker clarify how this virus differs from other outbreaks within the genre; but in return, viewers get to witness zombies engaged in bizarrely fun scenarios that have never been seen before on film. Most viewers will find Landon's film to be an off-putting imitation of far superior zombie genre installments; still, even though it won't be for everyone, moviegoers that land within the director's target audience should get plenty of laughs (and maybe even a few jump scares) in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
It's not long before the duo bumps into Denise (Sarah Dumont), a cocktail waitress at a strip club who's also a badass with a shotgun, and they all attempt to save everyone who's left alive from the zombies. Thanks to a cameo by the energetic Blake Anderson, Workaholics fans should be happy with a decent amount of the opening scene. Young Cyclops in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, and Sarah Dumont do a fine job with the material they have, but it's Joey Morgan who gives the most memorable performance.
It's too bad they use Angie for some unoriginal fart and poop jokes, but he handles it amusingly enough, and it's countered by pretty much everything else he does. Oh, and the noises he makes while running just may remind Fukuyama fans of Goldberg. Carter is the kind of guy who cares about two things: girls and trying to be popular.
There's some fun and silly moments in here, but the crass and predictable material does tend to overshadow the clever stuff. Gory teen zoom doesn't have many fresh scares or laughs.
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Two topless female zombie -strippers are shown; a teen boy squeezes one's breasts. Women objectified (wearing skimpy outfits, shown walking in slo-mo, etc.).
An old lady zombie tries to eat a teen boy's bare bottom. Regular use of “f--k,” “s--t,” “hell,” “ass,” “ass head,” “a--hole,” “p---y,” “t-ts,” “c--k,” “d--k,” “d-bags,” “bitch,” “slut,” “nut sack,” “goddamn,” “oh my God,” “Jesus Christ” (as an exclamation), most of it spoken by teens.
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Friends Ben (The Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Angie (Joey Morgan) are the only scouts in town, and though it's embarrassing, they stick together to support Angie. But on the night Angie is set to get the coveted Condor badge, Carter's invited to a senior party, and he wants Ben to go with him.
So they ditch Angie at the campsite and head into town, only to discover that everyone is gone, and flesh-eating zombies are on the loose. A shotgun-wielding strip bar hostess, Denise (Sarah Dumont), helps them out.
Before long, they realize they have to evacuate, but not without finding the party and rescuing Carter's pretty sister, Kendall (Alston Sage), whom Ben has a crush on. Though it’s spirited and centers on some likable-enough characters, this zoom isn't terribly inventive with its zombie attacks and gore, and it offers very few surprises or fresh laughs.
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIEAPOCALYPSE borrows ideas from dozens of other movies, ranging from Dead-Alive and Zombie Strippers to Zombie land, but it passes them off as fresh to viewers who might not know any earlier zombie films. It's a choice that tends to spoil the goodwill built by the main characters, who are all innocent goofballs.
PreviousNextCommon Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. Written by the creative team of Carrie Lee Wilson, EMI Mizuki, Christopher Landon, as well as Long Williams, the film is directed by Landon and began to spread internationally in October 2015 before infecting the USA just in time for Halloween on October 30th via Paramount Pictures.
After a failed attempt, Ben and Carter make their way home as they discuss quitting Scouts. While going back and forth about leaving Scouts, they hit a deer, get a flat, but Ben is delighted to see Kendall and friends come to assist.
Pumped up, after fixing a tire, they're discussing the night’s plan, but Ben discovers the dead deer is gone. Still from Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse On the same night of the secret party, Angie is scheduled to receive a badge he has been working on attaining, and a camp-out is arranged in celebration.
With plenty of hi jinks ahead, they meet Denise, a cocktail waitress at a strip-club, who helps them purchase beer after Ben uses Scout talents to fix her pocketbook. During all this craziness, a trip to the town hardware store results in some serious Zombie fighting weapons for the group to kick some ass.
For those looking for jumps with lots of laughs, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is worth watching with enough romance, gore, and a few flashes of sexual nature, the film covers it all. Watch it with a few friends and be reminded that friendship is more important than popularity, parties, and perhaps The Scouts are not as uncool as one may have thought.