Tye Sheridan brings drama to ‘Zombie Apocalypse’

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LOS ANGELES — Tye Sheridan might be the most serious young actor working in Hollywood today. Arriving in perfect time for Halloween, Christopher Landon’s knowingly ridiculous horror comedy should play well to late-night crowds looking for a grotesque giggle.The first trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is available online, while Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will open in the US on October 30.

The fascination with zombies on the big screen continues and there really appears to be no end in sight (despite the fact that George Romero recently told us “World War Z” put the nail in the coffin on the genre).Forget what you’ve heard about surviving a potential zombie apocalypse—following the rats will lead to nowhere, and trying to pick the monsters off from a distance can only spare you for so long. When the raunchy R-rated comedy opens in theaters Friday, it will show uniformed Scouts gleefully hitting a strip club, abandoning a comrade in the woods to find a booze-filled rave, killing zombies with zeal and even burning their own troop leader (OK, he turned zombie and had that coming).

Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), the film sees three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they try to save their town from a zombie outbreak. There are your zom-coms (“Shaun Of The Dead”), zom-romcoms (“Warm Bodies”), there are witty, meta-riffs on zombies (“Zombieland”), and different riffs and microslices of the genre keep coming. They couldn’t see properly, so they would often trip over things,” says Sheridan, with a wide grin. “We have a whole montage reel of zombie extras just falling. The 105-year-old national organization, whose media representatives declined to discuss the movie’s mischief, directed USA TODAY to a post at ScoutingWire.org. “The characters in the film, referred to as ‘Scouts,’ are portrayed wearing uniforms with badges and other design so close to the BSA’s official uniform that moviegoers might assume the characters are actual Boy Scouts,” the post reads. “To be clear, they are not.” Scout-like characters aren’t unprecedented in movies.

At a small-town Californian high school, Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan) have been the sole scout members for too long, with only Augie keen to continue into junior year. Originally titled Scouts vs Zombies, the screenplay for this film was featured on the 2010 Blacklist – the list of most liked unmade scripts of that year. On the night of their final camp out, Carter secures invitations for the secret senior party, only for their plans to be scuppered by a zombie invasion. They have 25 double tickets available for the screening at The Zone Rosebank in Joburg at 8pm on October 29, as well as for the screening at the Sun Coast Cinemas in Durban at the same time. They consider trying to kill him off or run away, but when a particularly astute representative of the team notices Brit Brit emblazoned on the demon’s shirt, he decides to pull out the big guns.

The BSA accepts the screen imitations, but saves a special place of scorn for Zombie Apocalypse, which does not reflect “how Scouts should live out the Scout Oath and Scout Law.” “The film is a form of speech that is protected by the First Amendment, which generally speaking affords filmmakers and other artists a certain degree of latitude to evoke and refer to other organizations in creative works,” the ScoutingWire post reads. “That freedom, while not absolute, applies to even works of dubious artistic value.” “We wanted our film to be entertaining in a wild and outrageous way, so we decided to create our own fictitious scouts that we could weave a fun, over-the-top tone into,” says producer Todd Garner. “Because of that, we chose to work independently from the Boy Scouts of America.” Director Christopher Landon incorporated the fictitious American Scouts Society (but mostly generically referenced as “scouts” in the movie) and designed uniforms that felt “relatable and sort of iconic.” “The uniforms are something everyone recognizes. Recruiting the help of a sexy, shotgun-toting cocktail waitress (Sarah Dumont), the lads must man up and apply their scouting know-how if they are to save the day. Here’s the official synopsis: Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. Yes, where cloves of garlic or silver bullets were once believed to be the best defense against beasts, a little Britney circa 1998 quickly proves to be the gang’s most powerful weapon. But we still wanted to have our own spin,” Landon says. “So we created our own, from the neckerchief, its slide and the badges.” Scout badges are prominent onscreen and play heavily in the film’s marketing (the website allows fans to create bawdy badges for social media).

Acutely aware of its roots in both the horror and high-school comedy genres, Scouts dances a mostly successful line in splatter gore and gross-out humour. The scout characters provide instant emotional resonance as good kids (played by Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Joey Morgan) dealing with growing pains in a society that doesn’t always respect outward wholesomeness. “If there’s a takeaway from this, it’s that our scouts are clever, smart and nimble,” Landon says. “I would like to join our scout organization.

These guys are cool and they save the world.” Jackson Meyer, 23, an Eagle Scout from Corvallis, Ore., sought and received BSA permission to wear his uniform on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior competition. Add to that a roster of sympathetic and likeable characters – even when their adolescent antics frequently put them in unnecessary danger – and Scouts earns itself a sleeve-full of merit badges.

Which is why his role in the thoroughly improper zombie comedy, featuring everything from zombie strippers to zombie cats, is so surprising. “It’s crazy, man. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. Without a doubt, Landon definitely knows what he is doing when it comes to horror, but Scouts Guide seems like a totally different creature from the world that we know Landon from.

They were locked into the whole, ‘My God, you’re casting this super-serious kid in this comedy.’ ” But Landon was also pleasantly surprised to find Sheridan’s “goofy side.” The actor acknowledges being positively gleeful dealing with the puppet zombie cat on set (“It looked so real”) and the killer Weed-Wacker-with-knives weapon his scout develops to fight zombie hordes (“It was pretty cool”). Sheridan’s biggest drama during the shoot involved keeping a straight face while his comedic co-stars Miller and Morgan tried to crack him up while cameras rolled “Every day, I’d see the scene we were doing and think, ‘Oh, no, they are going to make me laugh,’ ” says Sheridan. “And they did, so many times. The sequel had a connection to the other films, it still felt like a different movie, which probably gave Landon an opportunity to flesh out his ideas and techniques of storytelling as a horror director. It was so hard.” Post Zombie Apocalypse, Sheridan already has wrapped up his next possible world-ender, the role of the mutant Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Showing up to work alongside Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence was intimidating — even after starring alongside Pitt as a kid. “When you’re young, you’re fearless. Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans, who co-wrote Disney’s family comedy College Road Trip starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné helped with the script. Everyone is there to do a job.” There was also dealing with Cyclops’ extra-concealing glasses that control the powerful energy beams his character’s eyes emit. It was Sheridan’s turn for comedic falls. “With Cyclops’ glasses, my peripheral vision was like looking through a box,” says Sheridan. “So when anything was under my feet, I tripped.

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