Zombieland title

Tag line : A Comedy that Kills!

ZombielandOpening up with the "kicking" intro song "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica, we find the world has been decimated by a zombie outbreak, the likes of which has not been seen since George Romero's last film.

Enter nerdy college student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg),  who whilst appearing to be the unlikeliest of candidates for surviving a zombie apocalypse, seems hes managed to stay ahead of the undead by living his life according to a set of survival rules. You remember the rules from Scream about how to survive a horror movie? Well it seems hes gone one step better and developed a whole set about surviving a world full of zombies.

Anyway, on his travels, he comes across a gun toting cowboy named Tallahassee, played by Woody Harleson, who seems more interested in finding the last box of Twinkies (an American snack food) available than finding a place of safety, But as hes armed to the teeth with guns, he decides his chances of survival are better sticking with him, and so the two head off together as they attempt to pursue their individual ideals.

They are later joined by a couple of gun-toting sisters, who initially try to rip them off, but then end up forming an uneasy alliance with, and so the fun begins as the group head off as they attempt to find a safe haven away from the zombies.

Featuring plenty of zombie carnage, slapstick humour , a few special guest appearances from the likes of Bill Murray and Amber Heard and a fair old dollop of blood and gore, the film is a highly enjoyable horror comedy, which zombie film fans should definitely get a kick out of. If you liked Shaun of the Dead, you should love this.

Overall Marks : 7/10. 

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "This place is so dead", "Nut Up or Shut Up".

  • The films budget was $23,600,000. It took over $24.7 million on its opening weekend alone, and was the biggest opening movie of any of Woody Harleson's previous films, including Indecent Proposal, which took a mere $18.3million on its opening weekend..

  • The film was originally called "Another Day in Zombieland", but the studios feared people would think it was a sequel, so they shortened the title.

  • Jamie Bell was originally cast as Columbus but dropped out prior to shooting. Taylor Lautner was considered to replace him but couldn't due other commitments.

  • The amusement park at the end of the film was the 'Wild Adventures Theme Park', which is located in Georgia. Most of the zombies seen during the end battle were actually locals.

  • The tune Woody Harleson's character plays on the banjo to lure the zombies out of the supermarket was the theme from Deliverance.

  • Director Ruben Fleischer said that he was apparently inspired to make this after seeing the zombie comedy "Shaun of the Dead". He originally intended this to be a pilot episode for a proposed TV series, but after that project failed to get off the ground, the script was developed into a feature film.

  • Patrick Swayze was offered a role as a zombie in the film, prior to being diagnosed with cancer, but he declined.

  • The number "3" that Woody Harleson writes on his cars was a reference to the late Nascar race driver Ralph Dale Earnhardt.

  • Woody Harrelson got arrested during filming for possessing marijuana, which cost the crew a day's worth of shooting.

  • The scene in the supermarket was actually filmed in a scratch built movie set because this was apparently cheaper than hiring out a real supermarket and than having to pay for all the damaged merchandise.

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