While Halloween seems to be the traditional time for zombie tales, and we’re getting two in the cinemas next weekend – Freaks Of Nature and Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse – as well as the return of The Walking Dead on AMC. But the zombie movie I am actually looking forward to the most is Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, hitting theaters next February. The first attempt to adapt one of author Seth Grahame-Smith’s horror mashup novels, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, did not turn out so well, but I think the idea of recasting historical or classic literature figures into a horror milieu is a fun one and hopefully writer/director Burr Steers has better luck with this.
Interestingly, in the newly released trailer below, it looks as if the film is treading into some thematic ground first trod on by Joss Whedon in the Buffy, The Vampire Slayer television series, specifically, undermining and subverting the trope of allegedly helpless women in the face of attacking horror. The tone her seems a bit more straight-up horror without the sense of humor that Grahame-Smith’s novel had, but that could be a trick of the trailer’s editing.
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey and hits theaters on February 5, 2016.