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John’s Horror Corner: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015), just loads of awesome raunchy gory fun!

May 13, 2016


Just a few questionable images for the office.


MY CALL: In this gory, raunchy, hilarious coming-of-age zombedy, three teenagers rediscover their friendship and renew the awesome resourcefulness that is being a scout…and using those skills for killing zombies. It’s a great ride! MOVIES LIKE Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: More appropriate horror comedies include Zombie Strippers (2008), Zombieland (2009), Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009), Piranha 3D (2010), Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010), Final Destination 5 (2011; not exactly comedy, but occasionally hilarious), Piranha 3DD (2012), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Voices (2014), Smothered (2014), Housebound (2014), Zombeavers (2014), Cooties (2015), Ava’s Possessions (2015), What We Do in the Shadows (2015), The Final Girls (2015), Krampus (2015; not exactly comedy, but occasionally hilarious) and Love in the Time of Monsters (2015).

This movie is rambunctiously scored from start to finish. All horror comedies should be so bold as to have Blake Anderson (Workaholics) twerking down the halls to Iggy Azalea’s Black Widow while mopping the floors. Too bad he dies right away, but the scene is long, hilarious and REALLY gory. What more could you want? Follow that up with stock footage of David Koechner (Final Destination 5, Cheap Thrills, Krampus, Piranha 3DD) as an awkward scout leader in a recruiting video and I think director Christopher Landon (writer for Paranormal Activity 2-5) is off to a great start!


We don’t get very far in this movie before the gore properly reveals itself. It’s a sloppy mess of awesome and this infectious bloody zombiism permeates the animal kingdom to deliver a zombie deer with its guts hanging out.




This flick really delivers and doesn’t stop with the gore. The hormonally raging Ben (Tye Sheridan; The Stanford Prison Experiment), straight-laced Carter (Logan Miller; Would You Rather) and boy scout fanatic Auggie (Joey Morgan; Compadres) are three readily likable high school sophomores with a newfound American Pie-like discovery of women. Their love interests: stripper Denise (Sarah Dumont; Don Jon) and classmate Kendall (Halston Sage; Goosebumps). As if copying from Superbad‘s (2007) class notes, Ben has charged Carter with scoring some beer and getting them to the party that will “change their lives.”


After such an amazing opening act, the movie had to lose a little steam ever so briefly in the middle before returning full steam ahead into lunacy. Even at its slowest point it’s a nice experience. As it comes back full-tilt some people might be a bit bothered by the level of physicality of these zombies (i.e., WWE wrestling moves, jumping on trampolines). But it’s a solidly fun and adventurous horror comedy.


These boys’ misadventures lead them to zombie strippers, challenges of their friendship, zombie boobs, a Britney Spears sing-along, a crazy old cat lady zombie, the crazy old cat lady zombie’s crazy cat zombies, elderly zombie penis stretching and dismemberment, and zombie oral sex. As dirty and perverted as this all sounds it could have been much raunchier and grosser. Trust me, it’s probably nothing that will make you uncomfortable if you enjoyed Piranha 3DD (2012).



In this gory coming-of-age zombedy, these three boys rediscover their friendship and renew the awesome resourcefulness that is being a scout…and using those skills for killing zombies! It’s a great ride!





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