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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)


December 9, 2015 - 7:24pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Andy Fickman, boy scouts, Boy Scouts vs. Zombies, Broken Road, Brucks Entertainment, camping, Carrie Evans, comedic, David Koechner, Emi Mochizuki, girl scouts, Halston Sage, Joey Morgan, kids, Logan Miller, Lukas Gage, Oops Doughnuts, Paramount Pictures, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sarah Dumont, Scouts vs. Zombies, survival, Tye Sheridan, woods

Your rating: None Average: 7.7 (6 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
6
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Rating #: 
6/10
Director: 
Christopher Landon
Cast: 
Tye Sheridan, Joey Morgan, Logan Miller, David Koechner, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Halston Sage, Lukas Gage, Sarah Dumont


I've seen a lot of characters take on zombies over the years, but boy scouts is a new one on me, so naturally I was pretty intrigued when I first heard about the project. Previously titled Scouts vs Zombies, the film is helmed by Paranormal Activity sequels writer Christopher Landon and like the title suggests, we follow boy scouts take on a town full of zombies. The story is as simple as it gets, so the movie is forced to rely on a lot of cheap physical gags and gross-out juvenile humor because zombies alone aren't going to keep our attention, especially in this saturated market.

The flick basically focuses on three teenage boy scouts: Augie, the overweight nerdy one that takes the scouts WAY too seriously;  Carter, the perverted knowitall that just wants to hit on girls (and get shot down each time) and Ben, our confidence-lacking lead that eventually has to man up and whoop some zombie ass. One night the boys decide to skip their planned camping excursion to visit a massive party, but on their way discover that the town is completely deserted. Well, except for all the zombies.. and a badass shotgun-toting stripper! Now, in order to survive they all must band together and find a way out of town. Oh, but first they still need to visit that party--you know--to at least warn them of the impending zombie apocalypse.

As much as I wanted to really like this film, it just made things hard to when we have to sit through a lot of cheap jokes that are either incredibly juvenile or lasted entirely too long. For instance, there's a scene where a jawless zombie "eats out" an unsuspecting female and another scene where one of the scouts grabs an old zombie's dick to keep himself from falling--seriously guys? There's even a drawn out scene where they sing Britney Spears with a zombie (*shakes head*). The movie is essentially just a bunch of gags within a paper thin plot about trying to save people at a party.

Having said all that, it's actually not that bad. It kept me entertained from the start and some of the jokes do actually work, like when they introduce the zombie cats (probably one of my fav. scenes) and the ongoing gag involving their Scout Leader (David Koechner) who just won't stay dead. The characters are also amusing at times, as long as you don't take anything they say or do seriously. Though, so much more could've been done with the fact that animals can become zombies too, but it's underutilized and the two scenes we do get are way too short.

As for the zombies themselves I have no real complaints--they're pretty basic looking with pale skin and faded glazed eyes. They're the more common agile sprinters that we see often in the genre today, which I don't preferably like, but have grown to accept. There's also a decent amount of gore, though a majority of it is CG. And yes, we get the obligatory "suiting up" montage as the boys prepare for the climactic battle.

Scouts is a decent effort that unfortunately relied more on juvenile humor and cheap gags instead of a smarter script. Regardless, as long as you don't take anything seriously it's pretty entertaining and a moderate time waster.

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