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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse - Yes, it's (Unfortunately) Real

Marter | 30 Oct 2015 12:00
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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse had the potential to be a really funny, over-the-top zombie movie, but it turned out to be a dull and generic one.

The way to salvage this is for the character interactions to be funny, fresh, and informative. If Ben, Carter, and Augie were fascinating characters whose sense of humor wasn't akin to that of a profane 12-year-old, it's possible that Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse would have still worked. But they are not fascinating characters, and their sense of humor is akin to that of a profane 12-year-old. Almost all of the "jokes" - of which there are very few - are those that wouldn't make it into an R-rated Adam Sandler movie. Yes, they're that juvenile and that stupid. I can tell you, anecdotally, that in a theater of approximately 15 people, only one "out-loud" laugh was heard over the course of the film's 90+ minutes.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse does have a bloody climax, but because the filmmaking is garbage - the cuts are too quick, the only light comes from "party lights" (which means you're not going to see much), and it's just the same thing over and over again - it isn't very fun. Sure, zombies get chopped up by power tools and explode in various shades of crimson, but how long can that be enjoyable, especially when you can barely even see what's going on? The only character arc is so simple that it could be done better in a 3-panel comic strip.

What we've essentially got with Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is an R-rated horror-comedy that doesn't want to use its premise for much physical comedy - outside of some sexual jokes involving the zombies; yes, really - and whose spoken sense of humor will only appeal to those who are far too young to see it. It doesn't want to take its setup in any way that is fresh or interesting. It's bland, uninventive, stupid, and fails to make up for this with its over-the-top conclusion, which comes too late and is so poorly made that you aren't shocked when you learn the same director made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse had the potential to be a really funny, over-the-top zombie movie, but it turned out to be a dull and generic one.

Bottom Line: A bland zombie movie, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse wastes any potential it had to become as generic as possible.

Recommendation: There are few mainstream zombie movies worse than this one, so just rent a better one at home.

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