Titles can be everything, and The Curse of the Buxom Strumpet is possibly the most eye-catching film title I’ve seen this week. But is it the best title for a zombie movie, especially one that stars Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, and Gillian Anderson? That I can’t say (even after seeing Judi Dench cameo as a sort of buxom almost-strumpet in Pirates of the Caribbean) but for a film that seems to be cut from the same cloth as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, one could probably do worse.

Screen Daily reports that Matthew Butler co-wrote the script with Tori Hart, and that he’ll direct. He has already made a comedy short called E’gad Zombies, which also had Ian McKellen in the cast, and this feature will be an expansion of the short.

All we know about this one so far is that the story features “inhabitants of a small seaside town who are struck down with a deadly illness.” But the recap of E’gad Zombies might give you a little more to go on:

Narrated by Ian McKellen, the award winning film is set in 1700’s England in a town called Upper Trollop where there lived a somewhat dappy poet named William Filthe`. He was the younger brother of the family and therefore his chances of actually achieving anything in his life were slim to middling at best. Not that this mattered to him of course, for he was in love with the beautiful but slightly terrifying Vanity Banks, and had decided that as soon as she stopped throwing vegetables at him, they should marry. The reason Vanity threw vegetables at William was because he was poor. She was rich and everybody loved her so why on earth would she marry a poet who spent his time at her window spouting his ludicrous poetry. So she decided to marry Richard Filthe`, William’s affluent elder brother and all round bad egg. So William, devastated, decides to leave England and live as a monk, turning his back on life and love. On the morning of his departure however, he finds his household deserted and one of his servants, Sandwich, half eaten. Racing through the town to save the woman he loves, he discovers that Upper Trollop has been infected by an illness, turning all it’s inhabitants into crazed creatures and making them all rather…bitey…

I haven’t seen the short, but what I get out of this is that the sustained interest in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies probably helped this feature movie forward. Here’s the trailer for the short,

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