Scout’s Hon­our

The zom- com where a trio of scouts earn their badges in cre­ative killing

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Boy Scouts bat­tle the un­dead in Scouts Guide To The Zom­bie Apoca­lypse.

IT’S AN ’ 80S THROW­BACK

When it comes to mod­ern zom­bie comedies there are two ti­tans: Shaun Of The Dead and Zom­bieland. Scouts Guide To The Zom­bie Apoca­lypse dis­tin­guishes it­self from those noughties clas­sics by tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a dif­fer­ent decade en­tirely. “I got re­ally ex­cited af­ter I read the script be­cause it had a very ’ 80s vibe to it, which I re­ally was into,” di­rec­tor Christo­pher Lan­don tells Red Alert. “I grew up on Grem­lins and Goonies and Mon­ster Squad, so I thought this was an op­por­tu­nity to make some­thing like that.”

A FU­TURE X- MAN STARS

Tye Sheri­dan, soon to be seen as a young Cy­clops in X- Men: Apoca­lypse, plays Ben, best friend to fel­low Boy Scouts Carter and Augie. Luck­ily the zom­poca­lypse hits dur­ing their fi­nal camp­ing trip. “Their re­la­tion­ship is the an­chor of the film be­cause the con­cept is so out­landish it was re­ally im­por­tant to have a story about this friend­ship,” Lan­don says. “Ben and Carter have out­grown it, but Augie doesn’t want to let go of scout­ing. For me, that was the fun of the story – get­ting to see how a friend­ship im­plodes then gets re­built over the course of one night.”

THE ZOM­BIES HAVE PER­SON­AL­ITY

For­get the face­less ( some­times lit­er­ally) walk­ers of most un­dead movies, the zom­bies in Scouts Guide have their own dis­tinct charms. “Our zom­bies have per­son­al­i­ties that they’ve brought over from the other side,” Lan­don says. “We had a mas­sive list of dif­fer­ent types: yoga- mom zom­bies, a zom­bie wear­ing a YOLO t- shirt...”

IT’S GOT SCARES TOO

The film is pri­mar­ily a com­edy, but hav­ing worked on the Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity se­ries Lan­don knows the power of a good fright. “It was fun to be ridicu­lous, and it was great to not have to be found- footage!” he says. “But I al­ways tried to keep com­edy in the mix be­cause if you’re laugh­ing with them you’re go­ing to be fear­ful for them later on.”

THEY GET CRE­ATIVE

Be­ing a Boy Scout proves sur­pris­ingly use­ful at the end of days. “It was fun com­ing up with ways to use their skills,” Lan­don says. “For in­stance, when Ben gets trapped in a jail cell he whit­tles a mop into a spear and uses that as a weapon. It’s funny be­cause we’ve had zero co­op­er­a­tion from the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica. They hate this movie, I’m sure. But I was like, ‘ This is the best thing that’s ever hap­pened to them. They’ve had so much bad press, but we make them look cool!’”

Scouts Guide To The Zom­bie Apoca­lypse opens on 6 Novem­ber.

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