Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse Blu-ray Review
“Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse” is a juvenile horror-comedy.
“Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse” is exactly what you think it is. The zombie horror-comedy revolves around 3 teenage Scout troop members (Ben, Carter, and Augue) and a cocktail waitress (Denise) trying to survive hordes of the undead. There’s a bit more story involving the trio’s friendship, a Senior party, and the Scout Leader, but overall, it’s pretty standard stuff.
Movies and TV have become overloaded with zombie content as of late and “Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse” is one of the most recent offerings. I wish I could say this was a fresh zombie comedy that’s on the level of films like “Shaun of the Dead” or “Warm Bodies,” but it’s not. At all. Instead, it’s essentially “Superbad” with tired zombie action minus the laughs.
While I enjoy raunchy humor as much as the next guy, it has to be clever and done well for it to exceed. Just being raunchy isn’t funny. Apparently the writers of this film didn’t get that memo as they try to thrown in as many lame gross-out sight gags as possible. Granted, there are a couple gags that work (the trampoline and broken bottle moments are solid), but the dirty humor (or any of the humor for that matter) tends to fall flat.
In terms of the actual zombie content, it’s surprisingly rather boring. There’s not much scope to this “apocalypse” as the characters primarily run around town from place to place (they sometimes visit places more than once). In fact, there’s barely enough plot here to fill out 92 minutes. I will say that it was refreshing to see lots of practical makeup FX and gore. That was easily the highlight of the entire production.
As for the cast, they all do the best they can here, but it was a bit of a bummer to see talented folks like Tye Sheridan and David Koechner being wasted in their roles. They’re so much better than this movie.
Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray disc boasts a fine transfer. It’s rare to see a recent theatrical release with a poor transfer to be honest.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 DTS track is lively to say the least. It handles the music, zombie groans, and dialogue quite well.
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* “Scouts Guide To Filmmaking”- A half-hour featurette containing film clips, interviews, set footage, script discussions, and more.
* ‘The Zombie Makeup FX Handbook”- A short featurette revolving around the zombie makeup FX.
* ‘Undead Movement Guidelines: Zombie Choreography”- The title says it all.
* “Uniforms And You: Costume Design”- Another quick featurette. This one is, as you can guess, about the character’s wardrobes and the zombies clothes.
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