Wednesday, July 27, 2016

year 5 day 169 (zombie day)

movie: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
starring: Tye Sheridan, Cloris Leachman
genre: Comedy
year: 2015
format: Netflix Canada

plot: When a town is suddenly struck by an unknown virus that turns everyone into flesh eating zombies, it's up to three boy scouts and one cocktail waitress to find a way to stop it from spreading.

This film is right in there with Zombieland, Return of the Living Dead, Zombie Strippers and Monster Squad. It's like the best ideas from all these just rolled into one.

This is one of those movies that are for fun. There really wasn't a whole lot of "the moral of the story" going on, other than not to prejudge anyone. We see the scientist who is "containing" the virus in the beginning, being momentarily stupid, by leaving the undead dude for a bag of chips. Turning his back on the lab. You just want to yell at him to look behind him. Lest I did.  There is another scene later on when the two main characters hit a deer on the road, assuming it's totally dead, only to have it jump up and kill their scout leader. It's like horror 101, never assume anyone is dead-dead.

I have got to say, the whole Dolly Parton thing the scout leader has going on, was never fully explained. I don't know if he was obsessed in love with her, or if he was suppose to be obsessed female impersonator? But props to the props people for finding so many bits of Dolly Parton collectables.

There are a few sexual jokes, that although are really funny, such as the extendable zombie penis, that actually distract from the action. You're in the middle of what should be this extreme panic mode, and then the gag reminds you this is a bunch of teenagers.

what did I learn? It's a good idea to always be prepared for everything.

So, as my title says, it's zombie day. My friend Heather, over at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen, has started a group of posts called In the Kitchen with Zombie Fiction.  Basically, zombies are to her what vampires are to me. When she said she had in mind to cover this movie, I told her I'd jump in this month.

I didn't see a whole ton of food in this, but here's my notes : vending machine snacks, mints, beer, hot dogs (mentioned) canned beans, deer, chocolate, marshmallows, water, alcohol, poptarts, pork, bacon (mentioned) tacos (mentioned) and a full corner store of convenience food.

I wasn't too sure what to do for this one, but I just could not get the scene out of my head where the neighbour played by Leachman, looses her dentures while attacking the one character, gumming at his arse. The fact there is a lot of convenience food in this film, had me thinking along the lines of something out of the vending machine.
I also have this theory that soup is the ultimate survival food. If you can find a few ingredients and water, you can make soup.  So, I ended up going with a version of a black bean soup.

1 can of black beans, drained
1/2 cup frozen hashbrowns
half a green pepper chopped
1 small onion chopped
1/2 cup frozen mixed carrots and corn
1 can tomato paste
corn chips for the side

As I said, I drained the can of beans, because I personally do not at all care for the "black colour" you get when using them. It's unappealing to me on so many levels.

I really wanted to give this some cute little title to tie it in with the whole Dolly Parton theme in the movie, but I just could not think of anything.

Okay, so don't forget to run over to Heather's blog now and see what she came up with.


  1. I agree - soup is definitely the ultimate survival food. I love black beans, so I'm thinking I'd like a bowl of this in between fighting zombies. Thanks for joining me this month!

    1. The opening scene really had me wanting to try a vending machine meal, but sadly, there are no vending machines in my neighbourhood.

    2. That would have been fun! I almost chose that scene, too...thought about making Homemade Takis (which are my daughter's fave snack). Another time...