Once in a while the zombie apocalypse gets a comedic twist (Shaun of the Dead), which is something a bit refreshing considering the genre’s subject matter (a group of survivors forced to work together against a hoard of zombies). Paramount has just released the first trailer for Christopher Landon‘s Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, starring Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, X-Men: Apocalypse), David Koechner (Anchorman, Piranha 3DD), Logan Miller (Night Moves, The Stanford Prison Experiment), Halston Sage (Neighbors, Paper Towns), Joey Morgan, Patrick Schwarzenegger (Grown Ups 2, Dear Eleanor), and Cloris Leachman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Young Frankenstein).
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If Landon’s name doesn’t sound familiar at first, then his writing credits will. The director wrote the scripts for all of the Paranormal Activity sequels, and its spinoff, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.
Though the film sees high school senior boy scouts using their skills to survive the zombie apocalypse, there are comedic elements at play as well. Looking at the trailer you get a sense that the film draws some inspiration from Superbad, as well as Zombieland. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the scouts’ skills as some sort of exposition, much like how we saw Zombieland explain the rules to survive the zombie apocalypse. So it should be fun to see how this film turns out.
The film also features two songs from Dillon Francis (Money Sucks, Friends Rule and This Mixtape Is Fire).
Here’s the full plot synopsis:
Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the worldâ€™s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, theyâ€™ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse opens in theaters on October 30. Trailer