The Horror Honeys: Scout's Guide: Always Bring Protection

Scout's Guide: Always Bring Protection

A Supernatural Honey "Not my genre" Review by Suzanne

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

As a well-read woman with above average intelligence (according to my aptitude tests), I enjoy watching a smart, dramatic film, a gripping thriller or a scary ghost story, but the 14-year-old boy that lives somewhere in my brain escapes every now and again. When that happens, nothing will satiate him but silly, raunchy, male-dominated comedy. Throw in over-the-top gore and we’ve got a winner. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse meets all of that 14-year old's requirements.

The short and simple plot: Three high school boy scouts and a stripper (hostess?) band together in an effort to survive a zombie outbreak. 

Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan) have been friends and scouts since childhood, but Ben and Carter want to quit hoping to have a more exciting high school experience. They hesitate to tell Augie because he lives for being a scout. Enter Denise (Sarah Dumont), a dropout turned “cocktail waitress” whom Ben befriends outside her place of employment, Laurence of Alabia. *snicker* Denise joins Ben and Carter when the shit hits the fan and Augie, who was left in the woods, shows up to save the day using his scout smarts.

If you’re looking for a thinker of a film, you aren’t going to find it here and, let's face it, we are swimming in an oversaturated genre. Fortunately, as much as we don’t need another zombie movie or another zombie anything for that matter, Scouts Guide doesn’t take itself seriously for one second. With absurd scenes like a zombie deer attacking Scoutmaster Rogers (David Koechner), Augie discovering the Scoutmaster’s obsession with Dolly Parton, Ben and Carter being entertained by a zombie stripper, and Carter and Augie getting a homeless zombie to sing Britney Spears, it’s so stupid that it ends up being hysterical.

We are also gifted with an attack by zombie cats, rivaled only by the cat attack in Let the Right One In, and a hardware store montage, because everybody needs a montage. As a side note, if you are easily offended then you probably won’t enjoy the blatant sexual humor and zombie full-frontal. 

The cast suits their roles appropriately with standout performances from Koechner and Cloris Leachman, Carter’s crazy neighbor and cat lady, Miss Fielder. The rest of the supporting cast is made up of super pretty actors who fit the stereotypes the director intended. 

This is my future.
The movie pokes fun at today’s selfie craze and gives in to every cliché of the typical teen fare, but at its core, Scout's Guide a buddy film and I think that’s why it works. However, it suffers from some strange editing, which may have been done to save time, but is pretty obvious. Perhaps these missing sections will show up on the BD release, which I fully intend to purchase.

Hardware store montage in 3... 2...
Not much was done to promote the film, which is sad, especially since it opened on Halloween weekend, however, due to the content, I’m sure it was difficult to market to a specific demographic. In reality, I don’t fit any of the criteria of someone who would enjoy this type of film, but I did. In fact, I loved it and I will not apologize for it.

Supernatural Honey verdict: Four hoveround zombies out of five

Not quite the reaction you'd expect in 'gyno-row.'