The rules to a good zombie flick:
Lots of “Blood & Gore” (and I don’t mean Al) – Check!
Speedy undead feverishly chasing their next human meal – Check!
Romance – Check!…Wait…WTF? – Zombieland: A Love Story
Ok, so they created a new genre: Romantic Zombedy. Not surprising, since it was originally supposed to have been a TV series…then a made-for-TV movie. Zombieland is about four people (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin) driving across America avoiding human-digesting, blood thirsty zombies, which were created by Mad Cow Disease that turned into Mad Human Disease. Yeah. Oh, and these aren’t your slow-dragging, arms-straight-out zombies, these are your “28 Days Later” Usain Bolt zombies – fast as hell.
Eisenberg plays your typical virgin-nerd-scared-of-females that ends up teaming with gunslinger Harrelson, then they soon run into sisters Stone and Breslin, and the gore-fest/love story begins. But it works. And it’s pretty funny. The opening sequence is blood-spatteringly off the hook, and those that like head bashing and skin scraping will love it, as well as the great gory and violent visual/special effects throughout.
We also get new rules for zombie survival, which I thought was pretty clever. I mean, who knew? The film kind of has a Judd Apatow-esque feel to it, and it was only a matter of time before that style was combined with horror…Right?
Also, there’s an instant cinema classic cameo, which gives up easily the funniest scene in the film. That scene alone is worth the experience of Zombieland. Sure, it has its impossible moments (don’t ALL horror films?), but it was meant to be campy like that at times. Overall, horror devotees are sure to like this gory road trip.
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