Pop quiz. What are the top 3 best Zombie comedies? Your answers should be, ‘Shaun of the Dead’, ‘Fido’ and ‘Zombie Land’. Anything else and you can GTFO!
While there are plenty of titles in the ‘zomcom’ sub-genre, we could always use some more. I know I’m ready for another one. Thus brings us to today’s news.
A screenplay based on the cult classic video game Zombies Ate My Neighbors has been written, and now a film is staggering our way. Loosely based on the early ’90s Super Nintendo game, the film is a coming-of-age high school tale about two best friends — Zeke and Julie — who naturally find themselves contending with their zombie-turned neighbors.
What? Do y’all not remember this game? You either had a deprived childhood or were born after 1993. 93? Holy crap! It’s been that long!? Oi! I’m getting old. Anyway, the game was for the SNES (That’s Super Nintendo System for you young guns.) and Sega Genesis. A run and gun platform game that beckoned the cheesy horror films of the 1950’s through the 1980’s.
God, that brings back memories of a misspent youth.
Will it make for a good pop corn flick?
Beyond the title, the game literally has no story. Not to mention the classic video game movie curse: “There has never been a good movie based on a video game”. So, immediately I would say no, but the concept does have potential. The penned script could very well “flesh” out the premise and lead into a fun film filled with hysteria, guns, teen angst and maybe some boobs.
It is being described as “John Hughes meets Judd Apatow meets George A. Romero”, which sounds like an ultimate pairing. Time will tell if the film, written by John Darko can play in the same sand box as the wildly successful Zombieland, which has kind of taken much of novelty.
The game, besides Zombies also featured multiple B movie villains: mummies, vampires, giant worms, killer dolls, giant babies, etc. Keeping those elements will certainly add some freshness to Zombie Comedy ‘ZomCom’ . Fingers crossed on the giant murderous baby.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors, the independent production is still in the process of securing rights and finding a director and financiers. Will keep ya posted.