I can’t escape zombies this week. First I revisit George A. Romero’s “Land of the Dead” to discover I now like it more than I originally did. Then I subject myself to four dull clips from his upcoming “Survival of the Dead.” And now? What could well be the least frightening movie about flesh-eating monsters this side of “Zombie Strippers” (or ever): “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls,” a cheap-looking horror comedy that seems to be striving towards a combination of the mercilessly violent and the delightfully quaint. Don’t bother looking for it on screens though — this here is, from what I can gather, a trailer for the so-named book.
The book suggests itself a prequel to the events of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” the book, a mash-up of Jane Austen-like storytelling and Romero-esque undead wandering, and thus has the most minor relation to the forthcoming film adaptation of said book, which will be starring Natalie Portman. So basically what we have is the book alternative to “Zombies! Zombies! Zombies,” a lousy film that settled simply for ripping off the earlier-mentioned “Zombie Strippers.” Whether you want to subject yourself to a book that promises pure badness is your choice, I suppose.
Hopefully, “Dawn of the Dreadfuls” can entertain as much as a book as it does as an admittedly out-there trailer, but I’ll go out on a limb and say that more people are going to keep going for the original “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.” The trailer itself is shown below, a succession of (intentionally) laughable set-pieces, from a training routine that looks as hap-hazardous as they come, to the sight of a patriot going back to try and save the dead because they are, after all, still Englishmen to the obligatory shots of bloodthirsty zoms thrashing about in starved desperation. It couldn’t have hurt for the cameraman to the hold the camera steady, though, even if we’re talking pointless book trailers.
If you like your zombies with standards of etiquette or like to read when drunk, why not go for “Dawn of the Dreadfuls” when its paperback is released March 23. It is, after all, “unmentionable” horror.
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