Zombies. I don’t know about you guys, but I love them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad movie that involved the un-dead rising from their graves and eating human flesh (Zombieland, Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead, Shaun of the Dead… etc.) One of my favorite shows on television is The Walking Dead. I am fully prepared for the eventual zombie apocalypse, though I’m hoping for the slow moving dead people not the super fast ones because I have yet to learn parkour. And they happen to be the only movie monster that hasn’t gotten the Stephanie Meyers treatment (aka making a scary creature into a complete pansy), at least not yet.
My love of zombies is what led me to check out this new film, Warm Bodies. When the words “zombie”, “comedy”, AND “romance” are used in the same sentence, it is cause for both alarm and joy. Considering my passionate hate for the Twilight phenomenon, where vampires and werewolves have been turned into sparkly/furry pretty boys, any attempt to make the living dead romantic could be a disaster. I mean, how can a flesh eating zombie ever be hot? They’re dead and more than likely decomposing, which means the smell alone would be enough to repel anyone (not even deodorant could help with that). Not to mention the fact that they can’t think, speak, or refrain from eating your brains.
But this new movie seeks to turn that idea on it’s head. Warm Bodies features Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as R, a typical zombie living in a world infected with the un-dead. But one day he meets a pretty girl, played by Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), and his heart goes all a-flutter. While that might sound like the typical meet-cute, when you have a dead guy’s heart beating that’s definitely not normal. Apparently R starts to act more like a human when he’s around this girl, who happens to be the ex-girlfriend of one of his victims/meals. When one zombie starts feeling emotions other than hunger, it might mean the whole lifeless lot of them might be capable of coming back to humanity. The film also features Dave Franco (from 21 Jump Street), Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine), and John Malkovich (Red, Being John Malkovich, Con Air…), two actors who will definitely add good things to this story.
The premise is certainly unique in the horror genre and I have to admit that, despite my fears that adding zombies and romance would spell disaster, this movie looks interesting. The fact that it’s based off a book by Jonathan Levine is a major plus (I’m definitely a book nerd). But the one thing that won me over completely were the trailers. They are quirky and funny, which makes the whole “falling in love with a zombie” thing easier to take. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself:
‘Warm Bodies’ Trailer #2
What did I tell you? It’s like Zombieland and 28 Days Later with some (500) Days of Summer mixed in. That’s the kind of combination that will win me over. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the trailer is an accurate representation of the film. I suppose I’ll have to read the book in order to figure it out. But for now, at least I have something to look forward to this February besides being a lonely single girl on Valentine’s Day (Warm Bodies premieres February 1, 2013). Because even if it sucks it’s probably still better than half the lovey-dovey movies that will be on television. I’m the kind of girl who likes a little gore in her life, and this movie looks happy to oblige.
What do you think of Warm Bodies? Are you excited to see it or will you be passing on the zombie love story? Comment below!