Benjamin Maio Mackay
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse - 2.5 Stars
If you’re looking for a high-quality comedy or horror movie then this is definitely not the movie for you! However, if you’re prepared to disengage the brain and spend 93 minutes of your life occasionally laughing and jumping, then this just might be the movie for you.
If you can imagine the Goonies or perhaps the 1984 movie Red Dawn being combined with a comedic version of Outbreak (the difference is that it’s Zombies that are spreading as opposed to a virus) with a little bit of the typical teen teasers and a reasonable amount of blood thrown in for good measure then you may begin to imagine the type of movie experience you’re set to watch.
As might be expected based on the poster, it’s the local scouts – yes all three of them – who come to the rescue of a group of party goers who are about to be attacked by zombies. The scouts are joined in the fight for survival by a local nightclub dancer who really has as many survival skills as the scouts possess. Had it not been for the scouts and dancer the party goers would probably have been turned into zombies or bombed by the armed forces that believe only the zombies remain in the town and there’s a need to contain their spread within the confines of the town’s borders.
The fight for survival turns out to be highly beneficial to the scouts, as good overcomes evil through the use of their scouting skills and their friendship is re-affirmed.
So is it a horror movie? Is it a comedy? No! Rather it’s mash of a variety of genres with a good dose of comedic horror.
Who is the target market? You might think this is aimed at the teenage market. Yet when I saw this movie the audience was comprised of people who clearly didn’t fit into this demographic. Yet the laughs were frequent and loud. I suspect that the directors will be criticised for not knowing who their audience was, but I think that perhaps that they’ve actually nailed it – it’s for all those who like an obviously silly romp through zombie land, and they span all ages.
While this movie couldn’t be considered a contender for any serious awards for any aspect of the movie craft, who knows – this may actually become a zombie cult movie!
Review by Mark Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures