Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is the kind of film title that can really go either way. To some people, this strange combination of words would be an immediate turn off, but for others, like myself, it’s the kind of title that promises silly fun. Now I recently wrote an article about B horror movies, which asked whether or not they really had a place in the industry. That however was immediately after watching Sharknado 3, which I didn’t really enjoy. Can this film, a theatrically released movie that bombed in America, change my mind?
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is the story of three scouts, stereotypical good guy Ben (Tye Sheridan), stereotypical horny teenager Carter (Logan Miller), and stereotypical fat guy comic relief Augie (Joey Morgan), who meet up with stereotypical hot former classmate and now stripper Denise (Sarah Dumont), as they try to survive a zombie apocalypse. There is more to it, but that’s all you really need to know going in.
Something I very much liked about this film is that the characters know what zombies are, and how to deal with them. This is incredibly refreshing, as you skip the whole ‘what’s going on? How do we stop them?’ section of a zombie film, which can be frustrating. Also, as I’ve hinted at (very subtly), this film does have quite a lot of genre tropes, and stereotypical characters. The difference is that here they’re played for laughs. Well, here pretty much everything is played for laughs, and apart from a fairly slow beginning, you rarely go more than a minute or so without at least cracking a smile.
Something else I should mention is that there is some very graphic violence in this film, and I loved it. It starts in the very opening scene, and honestly I was a little bit shocked at how far it went, especially for a 15, but again it all added to how funny and ridiculous the overall film was.
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