Horror comedy has long been an integral part of the horror genre. From Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Fearless Vampire Killers to Shaun of the Dead and What We Do in the Shadows, horror fans have always loved a good laugh to go along with their scares and gore. And now the offspring of one of TV’s most beloved Dad’s, Michael Landon’s son Christopher Landon, directs the newest welcome addition to the genre with Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.
Ben (Tye Sheridan) and Carter (Logan Miller) have been in scouts with their best friend Augie (Joey Morgan) since they were kids. While Augie wants to keep advancing though, Ben and Carter want to call it quits. So they decide to break the news to Augie on one last camping trip. But after going into town to attend a party, they find the townsfolk have all turned into zombies. Now running for their lives with a local nightclub bartender, Denise (Sarah Dumont), the boys must find a way to rescue some friends and save their town as well as their friendship.
Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a very effective blend of Shaun of the Dead and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. You have pretty much everything here: gore, cool zombies, teen angst, growing pains, and lots of laughs. Tye Sheridan has been on quite a streak with excellent performances in films like Joe, Mud, and Dark Places with four new films slated to come out this year. He is excellent here and his chemistry with Miller and Morgan is authentic and works very well. The balance of horror to comedy is great too with some great action sequences, great effects, makeup and gore and a smart script that keeps the pacing strong. Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a helluva fun movie and a guaranteed crowd pleaser for movie nights with friends. Highly recommended.