Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: Review

Written by: Stef Atega

Film | Nov 19, 2015

Christopher Landon Joey Morgan Logan Miller Tye Sheridan Zombies

Always expect penis jokes and boob flashing in a teen movie, even if it has zombies. In fact, they're probably the only memorable goofs in this otherwise forgettable film that is Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. So if you're planning to watch it, just skip to the scenes involving a zombie old man's highly elastic dick and a zombie policewoman's large boobs.

Scouts Guide is littered with genre tropes that it's so easy to guess what will happen next. You know at some point that the biggest loser will do something amazing soon, like blowing a zombie's head off in slow motion. You can also tell that the main dude will save a chick, and be granted a big kiss in the end. I probably watch too many movies, but adding one surprising twist wouldn't hurt.

On the bright side though, the movie does give us a satisfying splatter fest, which presents itself early on, in the prologue, where we are treated to the origin of the outbreak.   

At the start of the film, we are introduced to the leads. Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan) are three childhood friends who make up the only members of their school's scouts troop. Now nearing their Junior year, Ben and Carter plan on ditching the Scouts in order to remedy their unpopularity and score some booze and chicks. The problem is, they can't upset Augie, who lost his dad a few years back and still prefers collecting badges and animal poop.

On the last night of their camp out, Ben and Carter decide to sneak out to an exclusive party for Seniors while Augie is asleep. To their horror, they soon discover that the town is in the middle of a zombie outbreak. And as scouts, they feel obligated to save the day. The splatter count starts increasing from there, and fans of the zombie genre will definitely be thrilled by the amount of the gore this film dispenses. And while the troop fights off hordes of the undead for the rest of the film, we are given mildly funny gags and male juvenile fantasies along the way.

The characters are so-so at best, though. You've probably seen them in other films before. We have Ben, the gentleman/nice guy albeit nerdy protagonist, Carter, the friend who'll ultimately serve as the lead's bad influence, and Augie, the dorkiest of the three who'll seemingly wear the group down in terms of cool factor. There's also the badass chick, Denise (Sarah Dumont), who enters the story with a shotgun blow to a zombie's chest. She ends up saving the trio several times afterwards, proving she's no damsel in distress.

I would've appreciated it at least if the actors brought something new to the table. It makes me wonder how this film will turn if they casted Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Jesse Eisenberg instead.

A zom com movie with boy scouts seems enticing at first. Done right, it would've been an awesome film. Unfortunately, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse falls short due to its predictable twists, archetypal characters and jokes clearly geared towards teens. It may be a decent movie to pass the time, but it's no way near the pedestals of the witty satire, Shaun of the Dead, and the zany zombie flick, Zombieland. 

About the author: Stef Atega

GameGulp's current overlord. Stef is obsessed with cats and anything horror. She also likes shounen anime and Japanese food but refuses to be called a "weeaboo". She believes in the power of indie games.

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