Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse DVD Review

DVD Review by Clayton Barnett

The Premise
Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

The Review
I’m a massive zombie fan, from TV’s brilliant The Walking Dead to cinematic thrills like 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and World War Z. When it comes to zombie comedies lumbering into the multiplexes I get truly scared, but Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse offers something pretty funny for the teen-zombie-comedy crowd.

Director Christopher Landon knows his scares - he’s written three of the Paranormal Activity movies - mostly big jump-out-of-the-chair ones but they are still effective. But it’s his comedy stylings that make the movie; he provides some outrageous laugh out loud scenes here. I thought Shaun of the Dead and even Warm Bodies had ticked off zombie comedy moments but Scouts has some eye-watering moments – albeit of the low-brow variety, but still hilarious.

Though zombie purists might quibble (as my friend and I did to begin with) over certain zombie lore – for one these zombies are pretty sentient and the town gets evacuated pretty quickly - you end up putting it aside as the kills and laughs come at you like a rampaging horde.

Lead scout Tye Sheridan has made a name for himself in indie fair like Mud and Joe, and his acting chops help lift the pretty by-the-numbers script. His fellow scouts are good value, especially Carter and his zombie selfies, which make an appearance in the end credits. David Koechner (Anchorman’s Champ) is the most recognisable face and provides a good running gag, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick turns up as the main bully.

The Verdict
While the script might stagger a bit with a few gaping plot holes, Scouts definitely scares up some outrageous laughs, good frights and never outlasts it’s welcome. 

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 9th March 2016
Rating: R16 – Contains Violence, horror, sex scenes & offensive language
Duration: 93 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy horror
Starring: Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman¸ Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont and Patrick Schwarzenegger
Director: Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones)

The Extras
The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2010 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year.

Filmed in Cypress, California near Lexington Jr. High School.

Originally titled, Scouts VS Zombies

Dillon Francis DJ and producer who contributed music to this film plays the zombie (in the nsfw trailer) that Augie shoots in the face in slow motion!

The police station scenes were filmed in Seal Beach, CA at a real police station.

Special effects make-up artist Brian Kinney, judge from Food Network's Halloween Wars, applied zombie make-up for the zombies in this film.

A mile marker seen during the movie shows "Haddonfield" as a nearby city. Haddonfield is the setting for the movie "Halloween"