Zombies are so overdone that even writing about them being overdone feels overdone. We’ve had zomromcoms, we’ve had biological zoms, and we’ve had Arnie trying to be emotional with zoms. In fact, we’ve heard the word zombie so many times that it’s stopped feeling like a real word. Frankly, it’s all been a bit too much.
Which brings us to Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse; released in 2015, it reads like a film where the title came first and the script later. Unsurprisingly, it features a zombie apocalypse that bursts out of a research lab, and our unlikely heroes are a troop of boy scouts. Throw in a rather standard edge of teenage boy horniness, and a film is born.
Thankfully, the filmmakers made the decision to cast Tye Sheridan in the central role of Ben. Ben is your standard sweet boy, the one who is nice to the girls rather than lecherous, but Sheridan’s natural charisma shines through. Despite being barely 20 years old, he’s built up an impressive filmography, and while this is far from his best, he’s always a pleasant watch.
Unfortunately, no one else can’t keep up and they drop into a revolving cast of cliches. There’s the down to earth hot girl (Sarah Dumont as Denise), the horny best friend (Logan Miller as Carter), the nerdy overweight kid (Joey Morgan as Augie) and a few others thrown in for good measure. Ten minutes after the film is over they’ll be slipping out of your mind, and within a day you’ll need IMDB to remember their names…
To be honest, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse is alright. Even with its breast based obsession, it is never openly offensive, and you might even chuckle a few times throughout the ninety odd minutes that it’s on your screen. However, alright isn’t nearly enough. This genre is so tired at this point that combining it with the equally tired American Pie style of teen comedy is enough to spark narcolepsy. Unless you’re some kind of zombie freak, we can probably consign this to the dustbin of history.
Verdict: Hall of Shame
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