I’m not even sure where Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse even came from. I know it did, at least a limited theatrical run, because I recall friends seeing it at the theater, but damned if I ever saw an advertisement of any kind, until it was soon to be released onto Blu-ray. The consensus I had gathered by wading through thoughts and reviews from friends and colleagues, is that the movie was not very good. That might be a fair assessment, but still, I couldn’t help but be entertained.
What is it? Well, it’s a zombie movie, and no, it does nothing to separate itself from the sea of other zombie films released throughout the year. What it does well, is that it borrows heavily from zombie movies that came before it, and delivers it in a competent and entertaining way. These characters are all rehashes of characters which came before them, but either the way the dialogue was written, or the actors’ performances, or a healthy combination of the two, made this movie “work” for me.
There are no “wow” moments in this movie, and even the goriest, grossest bits, you’ve seen elsewhere. Not all of the effects are practical, and the running time could have probably been shaved by five minutes or so, give or take, but never did I feel bored. Never did I roll my eyes at the obvious theft from previously-existing materials. Sure, I noticed it, but the way it all came together, it felt more like an homage than a ripoff, and I’m certain that’s what they were going for. I’m not saying it’s going to work for everyone. If you’re an uptight, no-nonsense kind of horror viewer, you’ll have plenty to complain about.
However, if you watch as many horror movies per year as I do, you find yourself being a little more forgiving, and once you let your guard down, it’s possible to enjoy things for what they are. And what Scout’s Guide is, is a funny, gory, and profane zombie comedy. It won’t dethrone Shaun of the Dead as the horror community’s “go-to” feel good zombie movie, but you probably won’t feel like you’ve wasted your time, either.
Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Paramount. It features a full HD 1080p video transfer, an English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, and French, Spanish and Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks. As far as subtitles go, the disc includes English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese subtitles. The special features include several behind-the-scenes featurettes, ranging from special effects production, to zombie choreography, and a small section of deleted scenes. Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is now available on DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo, wherever you purchase your home video releases.