Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now, bringing back Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin for more zombie apocalypse action. It’s been 10 years since the original movie hit theaters, but writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (the duo behind the Deadpool franchise) were hired almost immediately to write the sequel. Since it took a decade to finally get this movie finished, the script went through plenty of changes as time passed, and one of those changes resulted in nixing a hilarious but tragic scene that would have given us a Ghostbusters reunion.
Beware, in order to discuss this scene in question, we’re providing a spoiler alert for a certain cameo made in the sequel. But if you saw the most recent theatrical trailer for Zombieland: Double Tap, then you already know what we’re talking about. Either way, you’ve been warned. Read More »
It’s been ten years since Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland was the breakout surprise of October 2009 and, believe it or not, the sequel is finally here. Those who followed the rumors in the intervening decade must have felt that Zombieland: Double Tap was never going to happen; despite the obvious enthusiasm from star Jesse Eisenberg and the rest of the cast, the production delays, casting concerns, and screenwriter turnover made it tough to imagine a sequel ever seeing the light of day. But not only does the new film reunite pretty much everyone – cast, director, and screenwriters – it also manages to capture some of the same magic that made the original a successful R-rated comedy at a time where that seemed like a minor Hollywood miracle.
And while the world of these characters has not changed drastically since we last saw them – zombies and rules are still very much intact – it’s hard not to draw parallels between the two films and see what has changed about both zombie movies and comedies in one little decade.
In a recent interview with both Fleischer and Eisenberg, we discussed getting the script to the right place, finding room for improvisation, and the power of limitations when it comes to shooting action.
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It’s been 10 years since the events of Zombieland, and as that zombie comedy showed, it’s not easy surviving in an apocalyptic wasteland. But one of the ways that Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone‘s gang lived so long in Zombieland: Double Tap was by following Columbus’s (Eisenberg) hard line rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse. The title of the sequel spells out one of those rules, but in the latest Zombieland: Double Tap clip we get to learn one more rule.
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There are more zombie movies than there were zombies in the original Night of the Living Dead.
Is that true? Feels like it. It’s a genre so over-saturated that its longevity resembles its slobbering, brain-hungry baddies. There’s a palpable relentlessness to it, as though the genre itself pushes back whenever anyone announces its demise.
Then there’s Zombieland, the 2009 film that decided to have fun both with the natural superiority of human beings over former human beings and our half-century-old familiarity with how it all works. It’s essentially an American version of Shaun of the Dead where, instead of heading for the pub, loners team up for a road trip, worship an unkillable junk food snack, and end up in an amusement park. There’s just so, so, so much America in this thing.
Including America’s mascot: Bill Murray.
Ten years later, we have a sequel. Finally. With every instance where a film follows a decade after, the question is whether it will have its own spark and freshness or if the same formula can still feel exciting. Unfortunately, Zombieland: Double Tap is up against a steeper curve because it comes after a massive wave of zombie movies that it helped cause. Fortunately, everyone involved is really good at making funny films with exceptional kills of the week.
Get ready for some cardio with these six movies you should double-feature with Zombieland: Double Tap.
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Zombieland: Double Tap, like its 2009 predecessor, is a triumph of casting and style over substance. As the original was, Double Tap has the slick sheen of the highest-end marketing campaign, looking polished and buffed even as it depicts the blood-soaked world in which a zombie apocalypse has taken over and a few human stragglers fight their way towards survival. Double Tap manages to succeed even mildly thanks largely to its core cast members, who charm their way through a script that sometimes smacks of being written on the day of shooting.
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Zombieland: Double Tap is coming to theaters this week, but it’s been 10 years since the original movie hit theaters. That means it’s time for the folks behind Honest Trailers to do what they do best.
For a movie called Zombieland,you might be surprised at just how few zombies there are in a world that was supposedly ravaged by them in just a couple months. But there are certainly a lot of wisecracks, rules to follow, and looking back at everything in this Zombieland Honest Trailer, it seems a little weird that Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) is craving a Twinkie. How many Twinkies do you eat in a given year? Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a professional visual effects artist explains some of the problems with the CGI used in some of today’s movies and points out the biggest hurdle with generating realistic visual effects. Plus, learn about the legend of Tallahassee, the greatest zombie hunter in all of Zombieland, and listen as Forest Whitaker breaks down some of his most memorable performances. Read More »
You can’t have a Zombieland movie without the proper amount of blood, guts, and excessive cursing from that award-winning cast consisting of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and Abigail Breslin. And the new red band Zombieland: Double Tap trailer has all of that in spades.
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It’s been 10 years since Zombieland hit theaters. The fact that the horror comedy made $102.3 million at the box office on a budget of $23.6 million should have meant a sequel got fast-tracked, but it took far longer than expected to come together. But here we are, a decade later, with all four of the primary cast members now Oscar nominees, and it’s time to return to the post-apocalyptic world where zombies have taken over everything. And believe it or not, there are some new zombies waiting to be discovered.
Zombieland: Double Tap will bring back some of the same old brain-hungry zombies from the first movie, but many of them now have their own classification based on their behavior. Beyond that, there’s one new zombie that really poses a threat to Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, and they’re not nearly as easy to dispatch with as the others. Find out more about the Zombieland Double Tap zombies below. Read More »
Zombieland is all about making new friends and killing the old zombie. That seems to be the case with Zombieland: Double Tap, which follows much of the same zombie-slaying and family-bickering ways of the original film, but with more star-studded supporting actors and more awards to trade between main cast members Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone. But the more the merrier, promises the latest Zombieland Double Tap featurette released by Sony. Watch the new featurette below.
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