Director: Christopher Landon
Writers: Carrie Lee Wilson (screenplay) (as Carrie Evans), Emi Mochizuki (screenplay)
Stars: Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan
Plot: Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.
Running Time: 1 hour 33 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 45% Audience 48%
Why I watched it: I have to be honest I wasn’t going to, the trailers made it look like a teen comedy and I wasn’t sure if I should bother but it’s horror kind of and a gave it a watch.
What I liked: When I think of this film it reminds me of “Super Bad” with zombies of course, the thing it has in common is the friendship of the main characters and the one hing that really worked about Scouts is that you believe the friendship of the three leads and how they’re growing apart. Also Scouts has a lot of bathroom humor more than I thought but I’ll give them credit some of it is from the horror part and some from characters.
All three leads are good, I like Tye Sheridan as an actor and I get the sense he’s going to get big quick and he deserves it, here in this horror/comedy set up he’s the straight guy, the nice boring guy but it gives it some life and he’s really likable. Logan Miller is the crazy, loud friend who always gets you in trouble and I liked him and it’s important cause if you don’t then the film will be tough watching.
I’ve gone on record many times that I fell the horror/comedy is the toughest sub-genre to pull off and here they do a decent job, there’s some tension, it’s not scary per say but the zombies are treated as threats and not jokes. The tone works which is a big thing in this type of movie the other thing I really liked was Sarah Dumont, she could have been just eye candy but she’s kick ass and she’s a strong character and they actually fleshed her out a bit and she wasn’t someone that needed to be saved all the time.
What I didn’t like: Some of the jokes are beyond crude and really base. I can see some people being turned off by this, for me some jokes just fell flat and some were lazy. The sub-plot or side character of David Koechner didn’t really work for me, his performance is fine but it was a good one joke character that they tried to stretch and they did way too thin.I also could have done without the cliche of Sheridan being in love with a girl who’s really nice but has a dumb jock boyfriend, I’m very tired of that cliche.
Final Thoughts: As a horror/comedy I think it worked, I was very surprised I liked it, to me the tone and energy plus some of the performances won me over.