Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is the kind of film I would have loved as a young teen. Not quite cool enough to be noticed and not quite nerdy enough to get picked on all the time was a place I was familiar with, so the characters hit close to home. Throw in a bit of a sex comedy and some great zombie effects and I would have been sold.
Fast forward many years later, lets not worry about how many, and there’s still a part of me that really enjoyed Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. The film follows Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan), three highschool kids who are still in a Boy Scout troop, led by Scout Leader Rogers (David Koechner). Ben and Carter want to finally leave, but they’ve been waiting for Augie to get one of the highest honors in Boy Scouts. On the night of the campout where Augie will finally get his badge, Carter gets he and Ben invited to the secret senior party. Convinced that they can hit the party when Augie falls asleep, things get messed up from the start. Augie catches them, Scout Leader Rogers still hasn’t shown up by dark, and when Ben and Carter hit the town, the town happens to be filled with zombies.
This is the kind of horror comedy that teens should be checking out. It’s precisely the kind of goofy, gory fun my friends and I would have been looking for on the shelves of ’80s video stores. While it certainly has that old school kind of feel to it, Scouts Guide at least manages to avoid some of the annoying traits those older films would have.
The biggest one is Sarah Dumont as Denise, a highschool dropout that Carter remembers from school. As the only female lead in the film, it would be natural to see her character as the damsel in distress who needs saving at every turn from the guys. Instead, Denise is the one taking zombies out and making sure that Ben, Carter, and Augie get to stay alive. Of course, there is still the damsel in distress with Carter’s sister Kendall (Halston Sage), the dream girl of Ben, because the hero needs someone to rescue and get his kiss from. At least Denise gets to kick ass though.
There’s plenty of goofy humour that you would expect in a film like this, and for the most part it works. Some jokes fall a little flat or are a bit juvenile for older viewers, but if you still have that horror loving kid inside you, you’ll be able to overlook some of those problems. The zombies generally look incredibly well done though. Koechner gets to go through quite a few transformations, getting more grotesque as he does, and there are some very well done effects throughout. A lot of the zombies just wind up looking slightly grey and veiny, but when they pull out all the stops here and there, it’s awesome to look at.
They aren’t exactly breaking any new ground with this, but Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is still tons of fun. There’s some good laughs, the hero saving the day, and a lot of gooey, gory zombie action.
Is Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Worth Watching?
Plenty of fun to be had here. Great effects, a well done story that will speak to the geeky teen inside viewers, and enough juvenile laughs to keep things going.