Expressed loud and clear by â€˜Scoutsâ€™ star Joey Morgan, â€œIf Donald Trump can run for president, zombies can walk the earth.â€
I have to agree with him. Although a little farfetched, we live in an age where the unexpected has risen. Seriously, with the amount of figuratively (or literally) speaking brain-dead individuals weâ€™ve encountered throughout our lives, I think itâ€™s fair to say zombies in fact DO exist. But thatâ€™s a whole other topic in itself.
The common denominator here is zombie madness in terms of Hollywood. Zombies have made a horrifying, hard return. It seems like theyâ€™ll be around for a long time, and adding to their resume for fans all over the world, â€˜Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypseâ€™ adds just a tad more, with unique, over-the-top silliness â€“ and thatâ€™s what makes it fun!
With the exception of a handful of horror-comedies I’ve enjoyed, I’m huge on keeping both genres kosher. But, ‘Scouts’ had the ability to creatively blend both and make it horrifyingly charming. The outcome? If ‘The Walking Dead’ and â€˜Superbad’ did the nasty, ‘Scouts’ would be their R-rated lovechild.
Having been granted some time with cast members Sarah Dumont, Joey Morgan, and Logan Millerâ€¦ The process of what looks fun IS, but has its unwelcoming tediousness.
â€œWe were all vampires,â€ recalls Dumont. â€œI had a great time doing everything. The only thing I did not like doing when we were filming is we had very long hours. And we filmed at night. So, I had to sleep during the day when the sun was glaring. My dog would want to go out and all I wanted to do was sleep. That was the only negative. Shooting at night. But I had a great time doing everything. I love doing action. I love doing comedies. I had a fun time the whole time.â€
Miller also expresses the same. â€œThere was really no downside other than the tedious long hours. I know itâ€™s a zombie film, but we turned into vampires.â€ However, hard work pays off and the plus side to this is, â€œâ€¦ the opportunity to be in a film of this magnitude was really great.â€
With much work to be done for the project, the day-to-day schedule was full of outstanding comraderyÂ and what some may consider surprises. â€œWe shot it on the same camera theyâ€™d done â€˜ParanormalÂ Activity: The Marked Onesâ€™ on. That was interesting to learn,â€ mentions Morgan. Much of those added surprises were also evenly elevated when working with a fine-tuned director like Chris Landon. Morgan mentions, â€œChris Landon is the coolest director you want to work with. He has a lot of experience in the horror genre in general and a lot of talent in that trade. Heâ€™s genuinely a really funny person. And that translates really well.â€
How well? â€œHeâ€™s the Zen master on set,â€ as per Dumont.
And as the Zen master on set, one canâ€™t argue that heâ€™s no slouch. The manâ€™s got a solid, spooky resume. â€˜Scoutsâ€™ is just another notch on his belt, but of courseâ€¦ the final reaction is yours once it hits theaters Friday, Oct. 30th
As usual, below I provide what I call rawdio. If interested in listening to what else the stars of â€˜Scoutsâ€™ have to say about their involvement with the film, enjoy the uncut phoner interview from Wednesday, Oct. 21st