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Zombieland
Poster for Zombieland with subtitle "Nut up or shut up". The four actors appear as a group all holding different weapons.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRuben Fleischer
Produced byGavin Polone
Written byPaul Wernick
Rhett Reese
StarringWoody Harrelson
Jesse Eisenberg
Emma Stone
Abigail Breslin
Music byDavid Sardy
Cinematography Michael Bonvillain
Editing by Peter Amundson
Alan Baumgarten
StudioRelativity Media
Pariah
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02)
Running time 88 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $23.6 million[2]
Box office $102,391,540[2]
 
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Zombieland
Poster for Zombieland with subtitle "Nut up or shut up". The four actors appear as a group all holding different weapons.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRuben Fleischer
Produced byGavin Polone
Written byPaul Wernick
Rhett Reese
StarringWoody Harrelson
Jesse Eisenberg
Emma Stone
Abigail Breslin
Music byDavid Sardy
Cinematography Michael Bonvillain
Editing by Peter Amundson
Alan Baumgarten
StudioRelativity Media
Pariah
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02)
Running time 88 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $23.6 million[2]
Box office $102,391,540[2]

Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Together they take an extended road trip across Southwestern United States in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies.

Zombieland received positive critical reviews and was a commercial success, grossing more than $60.8 million in 17 days and surpassing the 2004 film Dawn of the Dead as the top-grossing zombie film to date in the United States.[3]

Contents

Plot

Two months after a mutated strain of mad cow disease has turned most humans into cannibal zombies, unaffected college student "Columbus" (Jesse Eisenberg) is making his way to Columbus, Ohio to see whether his parents are still alive. He encounters "Tallahassee" (Woody Harrelson), another survivor who seeks Twinkies. They travel together.

They later meet "Wichita" (Emma Stone) and her younger, 12-year-old sister "Little Rock" (Abigail Breslin). The sisters were con artists before the catastrophe, and have little trouble tricking the two guys into handing over their weapons and stealing their vehicle. Later, the two men find a Hummer loaded with weapons, but when they meet the girls again, the girls once more gain the upper hand, taking their weapons and car. Tallahassee manages to wrestle away Little Rock's gun, resulting in a Mexican standoff. Columbus negotiates a truce.

The girls are going to the "Pacific Playland" amusement park, which is supposedly free of zombies. Columbus does not want to go along at first, but when Wichita informs him that his hometown has been destroyed, he stays with the group. When they reach Hollywood, Tallahassee takes them to Bill Murray's mansion. Tallahassee and Wichita meet Murray himself, uninfected but disguised as a zombie so he can walk (and golf) safely among the infected. When Murray attempts to scare Columbus and Little Rock as a practical joke, Columbus shoots and kills him, believing him a real zombie. Later, Columbus realizes Tallahassee has been grieving for his young son, lost to the zombies, rather than his dog as he had earlier led Columbus to believe. Wichita nearly kisses Columbus, but fearing attachment, she leaves with Little Rock for Pacific Playland without warning. Columbus persuades a reluctant Tallahassee to follow in one of Murray's vehicles.

At Pacific Playland, Wichita and Little Rock activate all the rides and lights, attracting nearby zombies. A battle ensues, leaving the sisters trapped on a drop tower ride. Tallahassee and Columbus arrive just as the sisters' ammunition runs out. Tallahassee lures the zombies away, then locks himself in a game booth, shooting zombies at his leisure, while Columbus goes after the sisters. In thanks, Wichita reveals her real name, Krista. Tallahassee eliminates the remaining zombies, then joyfully eats a Twinkie that Little Rock has found. The group leaves Pacific Playland together after Little Rock and Wichita pretend to leave them behind, Columbus having realized he's finally found what he's been looking for: a family.

Cast

Themes

The rules

A running gag, and a central theme throughout the film, is the list of rules Columbus comes up with for surviving in the zombie-infested world. By the end of the film, his list has thirty-three rules; but only a few are mentioned. A series of promotional videos starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg expanded on the list presented in the film.[5]

  1. "Cardio"[6]
  2. "Double tap"[7] ("Ziploc bags" in a deleted scene)[6]
  3. "Beware of bathrooms"[6][8]
  4. "Seatbelts"
  5. "Cast iron skillet"
  6. "Travel light"
  7. "Get a kickass partner"
  8. "Bounty paper towels"
  9. "Bowling Ball"
  10. "Don't be a hero." Columbus changes the rule to "Be a hero" at the amusement park, facing his greatest fear, a clown-zombie, to save Wichita and Little Rock.
  11. "Limber up"
  12. "Avoid strip clubs"
  13. "When in doubt, know your way out"
  14. "The buddy system"
  15. "Check the back seat"[9]
  16. "Enjoy the little things"[10]
  17. "Swiss army knife"
  18. "Clean socks"
  19. "Hygiene"
  20. "Always have backup"

Character names

The main characters do not use each other's real names, but identify themselves using place names (Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, Little Rock) that relate to them. This includes Columbus's neighbor, named 406 after her room, and his fictional sexual conquest "Beverly Hills". There are exceptions in Bill Murray playing himself, and Sister Cynthia Knickerbocker, whom Columbus identifies as a "Zombie Kill of the Week" winner.[11] At the end of the film, Wichita tells Columbus that her real name is Christa.[12]

Production

Writing

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick stated that idea for Zombieland had "lived in [their] heads" for four-and-a-half years. The story was originally developed in 2005 as a spec script for television pilot in the summer of 2005. Wernick stated "We've got a long brainstorming document that still to this day gets updated on a near-weekly basis with ideas".[13] Director Ruben Fleischer helped develop the script from a series into a self contained feature by providing a specific destination to the road story, the amusement park.[14]

Earlier versions of the script called the protagonists Flagstaff and Albuquerque, rather than Columbus and Tallahassee, and the female characters were called Wichita and Stillwater.[15][16] The celebrity who would cameo as himself was written as a zombified, dancing Patrick Swayze, including references to highlights of Swayze's career, even including a recreation of the "potter's wheel" scene from Ghost.[15][17] Later versions of the script considered Sylvester Stallone, Joe Pesci, Mark Hamill, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Jean-Claude Van Damme or Matthew McConaughey[18] as the celebrity, but Bill Murray eventually played the part, most of which was improvised according to Harrelson.[19] Harrelson accepted the role on four conditions, two of which were about casting and crew. The third condition required the film to have an environmentally conscious set. The fourth condition required that the director not eat dairy products for a week, a task which Fleischer described was "like for an alcoholic not to drink". He succeeded and maintained a vegetarian diet for 11 months.[14]

Filming and design

Zombie design for Zombieland, in a scene from the film's climax. Characterized by tousled hair, blood markings on the face, and ragged clothing, the makeup was used to maintain a balance of comedy and horror.

Principal photography began February 2009 in Hollywood, California with scenes being shot at Scream Fest Theme Park and other locations.[20] Filming continued in March in Atlanta, Hapeville, Morrow,[21] Decatur,[22] Newnan and Powder Springs, Georgia, where actress Abigail Breslin celebrated her 13th birthday by adopting a shelter puppy.[23] Zombieland was filmed in digital, using the Panavision Genesis digital camera[24] and had a 41 day shooting schedule.[14]

The theme park scenes for the film's climax, Pacific Playland, were mostly shot in Valdosta, Georgia's local theme park Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park.[20] Some of the rides prominently featured in the film include Pharaoh's Fury; the Double Shot (redubbed "Blast Off"); the Rattler; the Aviator; and the Bug Out. Another coaster seen, but not used, is the park's iconic Boomerang roller coaster. A haunted house facade was constructed at the theme park; but the interior was filmed on location at Netherworld Haunted House outside the city limits of Atlanta.[25]

Special effects makeup designer Tony Gardner, who helped Rick Baker create the signature look of Michael Jackson's music video "Thriller" and has contributed to other Hollywood films like 127 Hours, Hairspray, and There's Something About Mary, was brought on to design the look of the film's zombies.[26] Michael Bonvillain, who was Cloverfield's cinematographer, was brought on for the "lively" hand-held camerawork.[27] "Basically, it's the end of the world; the entire nation is zombies", stated Gardner. "And [the humans] are trying to get from the east coast to the west coast". For one shooting scene, Gardner said, "There were 160 zombies, in prosthetics, on set in an amusement park". He said it is "how you present yourself as a zombie that determines how people will react to you" and that "once the contact lenses go in", he thinks "all bets are off".[26]

Gardner said he was excited about working on the film with first-time filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, who gave him a free rein in his zombie design. "[We] are just trying to be real extreme with it", stated Gardner, "and trying to balance the scares out with the comedy".[26] He described having to makeover physically attractive actors who usually benefit from their looks as "a little off-putting" after seeing some of them in their character makeup for the first time.[26]

The zombies in Zombieland were described by the casting director as:

Ferocious, infected people that move erratically. They are diseased, as opposed to undead. These are not the lumbering walking dead of Romero's zombie movies, but instead the super jacked up 28 Days Later/Dawn of the Dead zombies. They are scary, gnarly and gross.[28]

Harrelson had input into the wardrobe for his character, Tallahassee. "I never worked so long and hard on an outfit in my life," the actor has stated. "What this guy wears is who he is. You want to get a sense of this guy as soon as you see him. So I pick out the necklaces, the sunglasses. But the hat? The minute you see that on Tallahassee, you buy him. He's real. And he's got a real cool hat".[29] Harrelson's choice of headwear for Tallahassee came not just down to style, but also to his environmental passions: the distinctive hat is handmade in Brazil by a company called The Real Deal using recycled cargo-truck tarps and wire from old truck tires.[30]

Shortly after finishing the filming of Zombieland, Harrelson had an altercation with a TMZ photographer at New York City's La Guardia Airport. His defense was that he was still in character and thought the cameraman was a zombie.[31]

Effects

The special effects team worked to create several visual elements. One of these elements is "The Rules for Survival", which appear on-screen as they are related to the audience by Columbus: "Do cardio", "Beware of bathrooms", "Check the back seat", and so forth. The texts are rendered in 3-D. "When a previously stated rule becomes relevant—when nature calls, for instance—the relevant text pops up, occasionally getting splattered with blood."[32] Slate's Josh Levin said, "The pop-up bit works precisely because Zombieland unspools like a game—how can you survive a zombie horde armed with a shotgun, an SUV, and a smart mouth?"[32]

Release

Distributed by Columbia Pictures, Zombieland was released on October 2, 2009, a week earlier than originally advertised.[33]

Home media

Zombieland was released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 2, 2010 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.[34] The film was released on 15 March 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK.[35] Select Best Buy stores sold a special edition on both DVD and Blu-ray with an additional disc featuring two featurettes. It was also released as a film for the PSP UMD.

Reception

Critical response

The film was well received. Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reports 90% of critics gave the film positive write-ups based on 213 reviews, with a rating of 7.3/10, an audience rating of 87% and a generally positive 88% approval rating from "top" critics based on 29 reviews.[36] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews from mainstream critics, the film holds a "generally favorable" score of 73% based on 31 reviews.[37]

Film critic Roger Ebert was surprised by Zombieland's ability to be significantly humorous while zombies remained the focus of the film and felt that "all of this could have been dreary, but not here. The filmmakers show invention and well-tuned comic timing". He credited Bill Murray's cameo appearance as receiving the "single biggest laugh" of the year, and gave the film 3 out of 4 stars.[38] Murray's cameo was called out for attention by other reviewers: Marc Savlov of Austin Chronicle credited it as "the single most outrageously entertaining unexpected celebrity cameo of any film—genre or otherwise—" that he had seen in a "long, long time" and that while the film did little to advance the genre, its smart script and high action made it very enjoyable.[39] He categorized Zombieland as being "dead set against being dead serious" with its tonal pallor "ha[ving] more in common with a foreshortened It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World than with 28 Days or Weeks Later".[39]

The film's witty use of dialogue and popular culture was also praised by Ty Burr of The Boston Globe, who said the film "makes no claims to greatness" but that what it "has instead—in spades—is deliciously weary end-of-the-world banter";[40] Michael Ordona of Los Angeles Times praised director Fleischer for "bring[ing] impeccable timing and bloodthirsty wit to the proceedings".[41]

Some reviewers saw deeper levels in the plot and cinematography: cinematographer Michael Bonvillain was praised for capturing "some interesting images amid the post-apocalyptic carnival of carnage, as when he transforms the destruction of a souvenir shop into a rough ballet",[41] while Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com said "the picture is beautifully paced" and highlighted "a halcyon middle section where, in what could be viewed as a sideways homage to Rebel Without a Cause, our rootless wanderers share a brief respite in an empty, lavish mansion".[42]

Claudia Puig of USA Today said that "underlying the carnage in Zombieland is a sweetly beating heart", and that "This road movie/horror flick/dark comedy/earnest romance/action film hybrid laces a gentle drollness through all the bloody mayhem".[43] Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum concluded, "At the bone, Zombieland is a polished, very funny road picture shaped by wisenheimer cable-TV sensibilities and starring four likable actors, each with an influential following".[44]

Josh Levin of Slate drew parallels with Adventureland: in both films Jesse Eisenberg tries to win over his dream girl, a girl who has been hardened by life, and both feature a theme park. He goes so far as to call the film "an undead Adventureland—a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for the Facebook generation".[32]

Time magazine's Richard Corliss described the film as "an exhilarating ride, start to finish" and reasoned "Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg set a high bar for this subgenre with Shaun of the Dead, but Reese, Werner and Fleischer may have trumped them". "This isn't just a good zombie comedy. It's a damn fine movie, period. And that's high praise, coming from a vampire guy", he stated.[45]

Not all comparisons with Shaun of the Dead were favorable: Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York characterized the "extra injection of pop-culture neuroticism" as "the one innovation" of the film,[46] declaring that while Zombieland was funny, it wasn't particularly scary and stated that it "simply isn't as witty as Shaun of the Dead, forever the yuks-meet-yucks standard".[46] Similarly, The Globe and Mail's Rick Groen said "it's far more charming than chilling and way more funny than frightening", though he suggested that Rule No. 32 to 'enjoy the little things' was worth observing for a light comedy.[47] Manohla Dargis of The New York Times classified the film as "[a] minor diversion dripping in splatter and groaning with self-amusement" and lamented the lack of a real plot more concrete than a series of comedy takes on zombie-slaying.[48]

Box office

The film debuted at No. 1 at the box office in North America, with ticket sales of $24,733,155 on the opening weekend, matching its production budget.[49] As of October 29, 2009, the film grossed $75,590,286 domestically and $102,133,700 worldwide.[2] It was credited as having the second highest-grossing start on record for a zombie film behind the Dawn of the Dead remake and as "the first [American] horror comedy in recent memory to find significant theatrical success".[50] The film grossed $60.8 million in 17 days, becoming the top-grossing zombie film in history; the record was previously held by the Dawn of the Dead remake.[3] Although Resident Evil: Afterlife claimed the record the following year, grossing over $290 worldwide.[51]

Awards

Awards and nominations
Ceremony Category Nominee Result
Broadcast Film Critics Association[52]
Best Comedy MovieNominated
Detroit Film Critics Society[53]
Best Supporting Actor Woody HarrelsonNominated
Best Ensemble Abigail Breslin
Jesse Eisenberg
Woody Harrelson
Amber Heard
Bill Murray
Emma Stone
Empire Awards
Best Horror Nominated
Golden Schmoes[54]
Best Comedy of the Year Nominated
Best Horror Movie of the Year Won
Biggest Surprise of the Year Nominated
Coolest Character of the Year (Tallahassee)
Best Action Sequence of the Year (Tallahassee vs. the Amusement Park)
Most Memorable Scene of the Year (Bill Murray Cameo) Won
Best T&A of the Year Emma StoneNominated
MTV Movie Awards
Best Scared-As-S**t Performance Jesse Eisenberg Nominated
Best WTF Moment (Bill Murray?! A Zombie?!)
Saturn Awards
Best Horror FilmNominated
Best Supporting ActorWoody Harrelson
Sitges Film Festival[55]
Audience Award Ruben Fleischer Won
Scream Awards
Ultimate Scream Nominated
Best Horror Movie Won
Best Scream-Play Rhett Reese
Paul Wernick
Nominated
Best Horror Actress Emma Stone
Best Horror Actor Woody Harrelson
Best Supporting Actress Abigail Breslin
Best Cameo Bill MurrayWon
Best Ensemble Abigail Breslin
Jesse Eisenberg
Woody Harrelson
Amber Heard
Bill Murray
Emma Stone
Best F/X Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association
Best Comedy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Emma StoneNominated

Possible sequel or television adaption

Due to the film's success, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have planned a possible sequel, with many more ideas they want to explore. "We would love it, and everybody involved creatively wants to do another one", said Wernick.[56] "Woody Harrelson came up to us after the final cut of the last scene and gave us a hug and said, 'I've never wanted to do a sequel in the previous movies I've done until this one.'" Wernick said he plans to have Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin to star again with Ruben Fleischer returning as the director and that the writers have "tons of new ideas swimming in [their heads]". Additionally, they want to make the comedy into an enduring franchise. "We would love to do several sequels", stated Wernick. "We would love to also see it on television. It would make a wonderful TV series".[13]

Reese and Wernick do not want to reveal any potential Zombieland sequel plot points. They are not planning on an immediate sequel, due to being heavily involved with other writing projects.[13] The original cast and director are all set to return and Fleischer is enthusiastic about the idea of doing the sequel in 3D.[57][58] Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg confirmed in February 2010 their return for the second installment of the series.[59] In 2010, Fleischer stated that he was working on the screenplay[60] and the creators have begun searching for another "superstar cameo".[61]

In July 2011, Jesse Eisenberg said that he's "not sure what's happening" with the sequel but stated that the writers are working on a script for Zombieland 2, however he said that he was worried that a sequel would no longer be "relevant".[62] Woody Harrelson said that he was also hesitant to do a sequel, saying that "It's one thing to do it when it came out real good and it made a lot of people laugh, but then do a sequel? I don't know. I don't feel like a sequels guy."[63] In October 2011, it was reported that Fox Broadcasting Company and Sony Pictures were considering a television adaption of the series, with Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese reportedly agreeing to write the script, but with the main actors of the original film likely not returning. The television program was planned to begin in Fall 2012, however these plans did not come to fruition.[64]

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