Sometimes with a film it’s best to just go with it. Enjoy the moving images, not think too much about what the writer(s) or director is trying to get across. Just have fun. I think that’s the best thing to do with Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, just go with it.
The story is one of coming of age and friendship and, er, zombies. Three scouts plan to go into the woods on a big camping trip with their scout leader when a zombie plague starts infecting the town they live in and they must use all their scouts’ know-how to save their friends and town.
Two of the scouts, Ben played by Tye Sheridan (Mud, Joe) and Carter played by Logan Miller (Ultimate Spider Man), aren’t really too bothered about being scouts anymore and are mainly doing it to keep their friend Augie, played by Joey Morgan, happy after he lost his father a few years ago. When the pair get invited to a party with the cool kids, including Carter’s sister Kendall, played by Halston Sage (Neighbours, Goosebumps) whom Ben is madly in love with, they plan to ditch Augie on his big scouting-camping-night, go to the party, and be back before he knows.
Obviously that doesn’t go to plan, Augie finds them sneaking away, they fight, fall out and on the way to the party they bump into a stripper, sorry cocktail waitress, Denise played by Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, Playing It Cool) who saves them from attacking zombies. And here’s where the zombie killing fun begins.
A mention should go to David Koechner (Anchorman, Get Smart) who plays Dolly Parton loving Scout Leader Rodgers, possibly the hardest zombie to kill ever, as he adds some nice fun to the scenes he’s in. And Patrick Schwarzenegger, yes his son, who is just so damn pretty boy good looking that you wonder what other roles he can ever get cast in outside of the one he plays here!
The movie is unashamedly aimed at teenagers and probably further than that, teenage boys. The scouts are obviously geeks who use their scouting badges to save the town and get the girl, getting the better of the ‘jocks’ and cool kids.
Throughout you have a variety of comedy deaths of various zombies, including a variety of weapons. You have friendships that fracture and then come together and people learning about themselves and being better. And then you have tits, tit jokes, cock jokes and a pretty messed up cunnilingus scene. And joining it all together is gore, people losing body parts, blood, splatter and quite a special slow-mo of a zombies head exploding.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a nice attempt at the genre. It isn’t anywhere up there with the likes of Shaun of the Dead or Night of the Living Dead, but it will probably be loved by teenage boys around the world who’ll quote it for a few days and then move on to something new.