We can all face it, the world of zombie movies isn’t what it used to be. The living dead have gone from being feared in such films like George A. Romero’s original Dawn of the Dead to things like Shaun of the Dead and Fido. The concept of slow-moving, groaning zombies doesn’t scare a modern audience anymore, so why not embrace the camp and make it a comedy? Zombieland seems to be doing that.
Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, (who’s claim-to-fame is creating the reality-tv parody The Joe Shmoe Show) and directed by Ruben Fleischer (who directed 3 episodes of The Jimmy Kimmel Show), the film focuses on two men who have found a way to survive a world overrun by zombies. Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland) is Columbus, the big coward of the group – but when you’re afraid of being eaten by the walking dead, fear can keep you alive.
Woody Harrelson is Tallahassee, the quintessential bad ass hero whose single determination is to get the last Twinkie on earth. They join forces with Emma Stone’s (Superbad) Wichita and Abigail Breslin’s (Little Miss Sunshine) Little Rock, who have also found unique ways to survive the zombie mayhem. The film looks to be a good amount of fun at the expense of the zombie nation, while possibly having some room for horror as well.
Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect this movie to break the box office, as it opens in October, which is the worst time of the year for films. Either way, it should be a bloody good time. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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