Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse isn’t your traditional zombie film. The horror comedy follows three boy scouts: Ben, Carter, and Augie (Ty Sheridan, Logan Miller, and Joey Morgan, respectively) and a strip club cocktail waitress, Denise (Sarah Dumont) as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse. Using their skills that they learned from boy scouts, plus Denise’s knowledge of guns, the four set out to find any fellow survivors and rescue high school seniors from the horde of zombies (ranging from humans to zombie cats) that are about to crash their seniors-only party.
Geeks Of Doom was recently invited to sit down with Sarah Dumont, Logan Miller, and Joey Morgan to talk about, well anything, from porn, to what they did to build chemistry. They also talked about what they learned from working on Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse — which hits theaters his Halloween — how they had to deal with some unruly cats, and how they would use what they learned to survive the zombie apocalypse. Check out our full interview here below.
Sarah Dumont: Old school, you’re the first person to not use their iPhone.
Geeks of Doom: Really?
Logan Miller: What is that?
Sarah Dumont: That’s a recorder. Before you could watch porn on your phones, phones were actually getting smaller. And then people figured out you could watch porn on them, and then the screens got bigger and bigger. It’s the truth. Remember those little tiny flip phones? The smaller the better? And now people are like “bigger, bigger, bigger,” pretty soon the iPad will be as big as a fucking TV. Then iPad 42 will condense down.
Geeks of Doom: Hologram porn?
Sarah Dumont: That’s what our little children would be exposed to in the future. We catch our kids jacking off to hologram porn when you walk in on them and scream “WHAT ARE YOU DOING???” “MOM GET OUT!!!”
Logan Miller: What ever happened to normal sex?
Sarah Dumont: People don’t do that any more. Most people watching are virgins anyway. Hologram porn is something to look forward to.
Joey Morgan: Well we want to relate to our audience.
Sarah Dumont: Stop having sex…
Geeks of Doom: So, moving away from the future of porn, what did you guys do to build chemistry between each other?
Sarah Dumont: I think it just happened.
Logan Miller: We all get along pretty well.
Geeks of Doom: Talking about porn?
Sarah Dumont: Yeah, no one took themselves too seriously.
Logan Miller: Yeah, if we are bantering about porn for a while, we must get along. But yeah, it just kind of came naturally. They went through, I’m sure a lot of people, to figure out what would work for the film. We came in to do a test, we shot some scenes from the film, initially, out in Santa Clarita in the woods, to get a sense of an idea of how these scouts are going to interact. The chemistry came naturally. But in the script, people have good chemistry. Everybody has their own unique sensibilities, and they are all contradictory to each other, and that’s what really works.
Joey Morgan: Absolutely, the same thing what he said. We hit it off during the tests. Working every night, having to put so much work into something, and working, and working on nights, and going on 14 hours, having a good spirit really moves things along, and gets it going together. I think it is the great people we have surrounding us. Especially with kids our generation, cause I can tell you some of them aren’t that nice. But getting to work with kids that in our generation that are super nice it really helps you out. It really benefits the film.
Sarah Dumont: Everyone on set could take a joke.
Logan Miller: Except the zombie cat. Zombie cat had a big ego.
Sarah Dumont: Right?
Logan Miller: You might think it was a puppet or something, but it was a real zombie cat who has been working in the industry for years, and he’s jaded. So jaded. Smokes two packs a day. Drinks scotch.
Sarah Dumont: Don’t touch the cat’s scotch.
Geeks of Doom: Can you talk about some of the weaponry in the film, I mean Sarah you got to play with guns, but you two, you had some pretty interesting zombie weapons.
Logan Miller: We got to MacGyver it up a little bit. And that’s what was fun about it too, and that’s when the whole scout component comes together too, where we can maybe necessarily survive off of just a few tailor made things. I had this tailor made crossbow that was made out of a cockgun.
Joey Morgan: I had this door knob shooter made out of PCP pipe and air compression. Sarah has the shotgun.
Logan Miller: Tye a weedwacker with blades on it. It made the death sequences and battles so much fun because, they are so unique and stuff, not just guns.
Geeks of Doom: So what was that like for you, Sarah, to be the only one to handle a gun?
Sarah Dumont: I’ve lived around guns. The tattoo is real. They just added to it. They added a little design to it.
Geeks of Doom: So do you have any camping experiences?
Sarah Dumont: I grew up camping with my dad, went on fishing trips, and stuff like that. So I like camping. I like it way more now than when I was a kid, because when I was a kid I was like “Man, I got to set up the tent.” Now it is like half the time you get drunk.
Logan Miller: These guys give me shit, but I am a camper. I camp all the time. I go up to Joshua Tree, and all my friends get together.
Joey Morgan: Well coming from the midwest, it is kind of the thing to do. Go fishing over the weekend. I just got done shooting a movie in Michigan, and took part in a YMCA camp. We stayed there for like a month, it was a lot of fun, getting to go around, doing another film outdoors. I really like the outdoors.
Geeks of Doom: So assuming that the zombie apocalypse does happen, name the first place you would go to to hide out from the zombies?
Sarah Dumont: The first place? Costco.
Geeks of Doom: Costco has guns?
Sarah Dumont: They do in the south. You guys don’t sell guns anywhere here. There’s plenty of knives.
Geeks of Doom: So now I have to go to Wisconsin.
Logan Miller: Or I would go to the epicenter of the world. The Mall of America. You got everything you need there. Like camping equipment. You got guns.
Sarah Dumont: You got water slides. Let’s go to fucking Six Flags.
Logan Miller: Yeah! You got Paul Bunyan there on your side. Paul Bunyan is just a badass.
Sarah Dumont: But what if you want to go on a ride with you and just a friend, and they are operating the ride, and you go through a loop, and a zombie comes and kills him?
Joey Morgan: What happens if you ever go to a theme park, and you ride one of those tower rides, and it takes you all the way to the top?
Sarah Dumont: And you are like, stuck there?
Joey Morgan: I think I might have to go strategic though, and keep my enemies under me, and take the overhead advantage.
Logan Miller: Yeah, yeah, and use a sniper rifle and pick them off.
Geeks of Doom: Which kind of leads me to my next question: What is the one thing you have learned from your zombie movie that you would use if there was one?
Sarah Dumont: Stick together, there is strength in numbers.
Logan Miller: Also I learned that this is the best zombie movie ever, so if you do ever come into the zombie apocalypse, just watch Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, and you’ll know how to survive the zombie apocalypse.
From Paramount Pictures and director Christopher Landon, Scouts Guide To the Zombie Apocalypse opens in theaters on Friday, October 30, 2015. Visit scoutsandzombiesmovie.com for tickets and showtimes.