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FOR a film jam­packed with the walk­ing dead, Zom­bieland sure is burst­ing with life. If pushed, you would have to hail this clever, adrenalised splotch of pulp fic­tion as the first great zom-com since Shaun of the Dead.

In all hon­esty, Zom­bieland is not quite in the same league as Shaun of the Dead. But it’s more than wor­thy of be­ing men­tioned in the same sen­tence.

That should be rec­om­men­da­tion enough for any­one hip to the guilty plea­sures high-end, horror-based hi­lar­ity can of­fer.

The ti­tle of Zom­bieland refers to the nick­name be­stowed upon the United States af­ter mad cow dis­ease did a U-turn and mowed (or is that mooed?) down the en­tire coun­try.

In the wake of a zomb­i­fied apoc­a­lypse, Amer­ica is now teem­ing with flesh-eat­ing, mouth-breath­ing drones.

The few sur­vivors with a clean bill of health recog­nise no law, but stick to cer­tain rules to en­sure they stick around to see an­other day.

Our nar­ra­tor and nom­i­nal hero, Colum­bus (Jesse Eisen­berg), runs us through a few handy hints to cope with life in Zom­bieland. Car­dio, or phys­i­cal fit­ness, is of para­mount im­por­tance. Be­cause — as we all know — movie zom­bies these days are bloody fast.

Colum­bus: Jesse Eisen­berg.

Never, ever go to the toi­let with­out mak­ing sure that fa­cil­ity is as se­cure as Fort Knox. Zom­bies al­ways know when you have to go. And ev­ery dy­ing zom­bie de­serves a bonus bul­let or thwack just to make sure they are fin­ished.

Af­ter Colum­bus com­pletes his sum­mary of sur­vival skills, Zom­bieland morphs into a crack­ing good road movie.

Sea­soned zom­bie slayer Tal­la­has­see (an ap­pro­pri­ately un- hinged Woody Har­rel­son) is the first to join Colum­bus on an odyssey to­wards a pos­si­ble haven on the west coast.

They are joined by sis­ters Wi­chita (Emma Stone) and Lit­tle Rock (Abi­gail Bres­lin), who have their own tricks for stay­ing ahead of the un­dead. Zom­bieland, Show­time Pre­miere, 8.30pm

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