If you can’t tell from the title of the film, SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is not meant to be taken seriously. This one came in right at the end of 2015 and it was a very welcome addition not just to the zombie sub-genre, but to the horror-comedy sub-genre as well. Writers Carrie Lee Wilson, Emi Mochizuki, and Christopher Landon (who also directed) give viewers a great balance of horror and comedy, and they didn’t forget about the zombies either!!
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE begins where so many zombie films before it began—in a laboratory. It is night time and the majority of scientists are gone. Left in one lab is a researcher burning the midnight oil and a goofy janitor, Ron (Blake Anderson), who you may recognize from Comedy Central’s WORKAHOLICS). Ron screws up big time and accidentally releases the subject that the scientist was working on, who I’m sure you already guessed is infected with a zombie virus. The virus spreads quickly and in no time the nearby town becomes overrun with the undead.
Lucky for the town (and the world), three best friends, who happen to be Boy Scouts, are in the woods on “business.” Augie (Joey Morgan) is receiving the highest award a Scout can get, but his two friends, Carter (Logan Miller) and Bed (Tye Sheridan) have grown weary of being scouts and feel like idiots dressed in the uniform when around the ladies. They are planning on telling Augie they are going to leave the Scouts when they got interrupted by a pesky zombie.
You can pretty much guess where this is all headed, but the writers managed to inject some new ideas into this film, and I had a lot of fun with it. The zombies looked great and were not easy to kill. The three Scouts meet up with Denise (Sarah Dumont), a hottie who used to go to their high school but dropped out and now works in a strip club. Sure she is the “stripper with a heart of gold” character, but she is also a hottie (I think I already mentioned that) and she kicks some serious ass. There’s a great scene inside the strip club that’ll have you on the edge of your seat, and the situation the group gets into in the jail is classic. All the characters are well written and all the actors do a damn fine job.
Eventually the guys have to rely of what they learned in Boy Scouts to save themselves and all their friends, and it is a great scene when we see them in the hardware store making some homemade weapons. The ending has a great payoff and the final battle scene offers some good gore as well as an oral sex scene that will remind you of RE-ANIMATOR.
SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is a lot of fun and will show you there is life—or undeath—beyond THE WALKING DEAD. With some great practical effects, ferocious zombies, and the best set of zombie titties you’ll ever see, this is one fun movie.
Director: Christopher Landon
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Gore: 6.5 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 4 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by Scott Shoyer