Guest Review: Zombieland by Mansion of the Macabre

By Mansion of the Macabre

Zombieland Poster Pictures, Images and PhotosDirected by Ruben Fleischer. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Woody Harrelson

Zombieland is an amazing American Horror/Comedy. The film begins with a loner college student (Jesse Eisenberg) who explains that a bad strain of "mad cow disease" has mutated and caused its victims to become flesh eating zombies. Our hero learns this first hand by bringing a strange young woman to his Texas apartment. She transforms into a zombie and attempts to kill him. He defends himself using a toilet seat cover to smash her head. He then finds himself the soul survivor of his University and his city as the populace is now swarming with the undead. He manages to survive using his own set of rules, which becomes a running joke throughout the film. For a full list follow this link:

After totaling his car from a hilarious zombie encounter, he finds himself on foot. While leaving the city he encounters a very eccentric gunslinging traveler on the highway (Woody Harrelson). The two agree to travel together and decide to keep their personal names to themselves since they both figure the chances of outliving one another are slim. Instead they refer to each other as "Columbus" and "Tallahassee". Referring to where they are each from. Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus) Is trying to reach his parents in Ohio, and Woody Harrelson (Tallahassee) is mourning his dead dog and searching for the worlds last Twinkie. The chemistry between the two is electric and entertaining, and the film has the feel of a road movie as well as a zombie horror. 

When our two heroes clear out a local grocery store of infected, we learn that Tallahassee likes to use a banjo "This really brings them out" as a zombie weapon. In a back room, they encounter "Wichita" (Emma Stone) and her younger, 12-year-old sister "Little Rock" (Abigail Breslin). The two play an act as innocent victims but are in fact cons who have little trouble scheming Columbus's and Tallahassee's weapons and vehicle away from them and leaving them stranded. Bent on revenge, Tallahassee soon finds a Hummer filled with weapons, and the two warriors follow in pursuit of their assailants. Soon enough they find their former vehicle stranded. In an attempt to capture the two sisters and regain their stolen goods, the girls turn the tables and our would be heroes find themselves outwitted yet again. A wild western standoff of sorts ensues until Columbus suggests they all just ride together. Witchita and Littlerock are headed to Pacific Playground, an amusement park that is supposedly zombie free. After learning from the girls that Columbus, OH is infested with Zombies, Columbus and Tallahassee reluctantly agree to escort the ladies the rest of the way. 

This film is supremely entertaining with lots of laughs as well as plenty of Zombie horror and action. I felt it hit on all marks and has become one of my favourite Zombie films. If you have not seen this movie then I do not want to spoil the ending or the fact that this film also has one of the greatest and darkly funniest celebrity cameos in the history of cinema! Hint, his initials are BM. All in all, great film. Well worth the watch. Guaranteed to keep you laughing, screaming and entertained. If not, then you better check your pulse. You just might be a Zombie.


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