After watching the trailer for this movie, I was hesitant, but curious. The film itself looked like it had the potential to be a lot of fun and the concept was so bonkers that it might just work, but we're talking about a film from the director of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. For all of you who unfortunately saw that movie, that film failed very badly. It wasn't Ghost Dimension bad, but it's not at all good. Before today, I thought that that film may have just been a one off, but after seeing whatever the hell this movie was, I'm going to go out and say he's not the best director around.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse sounds like it should be a fun movie, doesn't it? We follow the story of three scouts; Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan in his first feature roll). The three of them have been scouts for who knows how many years now, but Ben and Carter are starting to lose interest in it, only staying around to keep Augie company. So, during camping one night, they decide to sneak out to a party. When they get back to town, they discover that a zombie apocalypse has broken out over night. It's up to the three of them, along with a stripper named Denise (Sarah Dumont), to help take down some zombies and save Carter's sister, Kendall (Halston Sage), and her friends from being eaten alive.
This film should've been entertaining as hell. It was never going to be as good as horror-comedies such as Shaun of the Dead or Evil Dead 2, but given the premise, and just how ridiculous it is, the film could've been so much more than it turned out to be. Three scouts and a stripper taking down zombies? HELL YEAH! That should be an awesome movie. But what did we get? A clichéd and unfunny slop with poo jokes and "I'm going to fuck his mum" jokes, and unfortunately, there's also very little zombie murdering.
The film's opening scene features Blake Anderson, who you may recognise from this year's Dope or the TV show Workaholics, lip syncing to an Iggy Azalea song while erotically dancing on a mop. Starting your movie with an Iggy Azalea song is not a good sign, and yet the film somehow manages to get even worse. It's in this opening scene that we witness what I'm going to presume is the start of the zombie outbreak, or at least the reason as to why the virus spread. The scene has just about every comedy cliché you can think of. It's a game of patience as you wait for the gag you can see coming to finally happen. Oh, his chips got stuck in the vending machine? I can't wait to see them fall down as soon as he's dead.....
As for the rest of the humour, it's juvenile and predictable. From zombie penises to fart jokes, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a film a twelve year old would find hilarious, although the film isn't even targeted at them, nor are they legally allowed to see the movie. It's Adam Sandler-type humour delivered by actors who have actually been in good movies. Tye Sheridan was a breakout star in 2012's Mud, yet in this movie his talent is completely wasted, his performance occasionally coming off as a little stale.
Perhaps it was because I'd just spent the last forty minutes bored out of my mind and my expectations were low, but there was one scene midway through the film that was actually surprisingly great. It's the most ridiculous and unexpected moment and it works so well. Without spoiling what the joke is, the scene involves our four heroes and a lone zombie they find hanging around an abandoned truck on the side of the road, and this zombie just so happens to be a Britney Spears fan. It's the only time in this movie were a joke got more than a small nose exhale out of me.
The footage primarily advertised in the trailers for this movie all featured the scouts taking a stand, creating their own weapons and kicking some zombie ass. While all of that stuff technically happens in the film, it's false advertising. The film is not an action movie. It's not even close to one. All of that action..... yeah, that all happens in the film's final act. Everything leading up to that point is a slow string of events with nothing of any significance occurring. It's dull, it's boring and it's far from funny.
To sum up, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse takes its ridiculously hilarious premise and completely wastes it. There's very little to like about this unfunny, juvenile, slow and predictable flop, featuring very little zombie action until the finale.