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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 by Ruben Fleischer
Produced by Gavin Polone
Written by Paul Wernick
Rhett Reese
Narrated by Jesse Eisenberg
Starring Woody Harrelson
Jesse Eisenberg
Emma Stone
Abigail Breslin
Music by David Sardy
Cinematography Michael Bonvillain
Editing by Peter Amundson
Alan Baumgarten
Studio Relativity Media
Pariah
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) NA October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02)
Running time 88 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $23.6 million[2]
Gross revenue $102,166,357[2]

Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy 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 in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies, following a set of "rules" designed to keep them alive where others have failed, killing zombies in a variety of creative ways while trying to "enjoy the little things" in a ruined world.

The film received positive critical reviews and was a commercial success: it grossed more than $60.8 million in 17 days, surpassing the Dawn of the Dead remake to become the top-grossing zombie film to date.[3]

Contents

Plot

The film takes place within a post-apocalyptic America, two months after a zombie apocalypse has been triggered.

College student Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is on his way to Columbus, Ohio to see if his parents are still alive. He loses his car in an accident and encounters Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) who is on a quest to find Twinkies. They travel together and when they stop at a grocery store, they meet two sisters, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). The sisters con them into handing over their weapons and steal their vehicle. The two men walk and soon find a truck loaded with weapons. They then meet the girls again, who attempt to take the truck, their vehicle having broken down. Columbus proposes a truce and suggests they travel together.

Columbus tells Wichita he is heading home to Columbus, Ohio. But she blurts out that it has been burned to the ground and is overrun by zombies. He decides instead to stay with the group. Wichita tells Columbus that she is taking Little Rock to "Pacific Playland" in Los Angeles, an amusement park rumored to be zombie-free.

On the way to the park, they pass through Hollywood and Tallahassee decides to take them to Bill Murray's mansion. Tallahassee and Wichita meet Murray himself, uninfected but disguised as a zombie with make-up so that he can walk safely among the infected and play golf without being bothered. Little Rock is unfamiliar with Bill Murray so Columbus shows her the film Ghostbusters. Murray later enters in order to scare Columbus and Little Rock as a practical joke, but Columbus -- thinking he is a real zombie -- shoots and kills him.

After a makeshift funeral, Tallahassee reveals he lost his son to the zombies, rather than his pet dog as he had earlier led Columbus to believe. Wichita begins developing feelings for Columbus and fearing attachment, she leaves with Little Rock for Pacific Playland. Columbus decides to go after Wichita, and he and Tallahassee, who initially refuses, pursue the sisters in one of Murray's vehicles.

Wichita and Little Rock arrive at Pacific Playland and turn on all the rides and lights, attracting nearby zombies. A battle ensues, leaving the sisters trapped on a drop tower ride and running low on ammunition. Tallahassee and Columbus arrive just as the sisters' ammunition is depleted. Tallahassee manages to lure the majority away, then intentionally locks himself in a game booth while Columbus goes after the sisters. Columbus saves the girls and in thanks, Wichita reveals her real name to him. The two share their first kiss. Tallahassee eliminates the remaining zombies single-handedly and gets a Twinkie that Little Rock had acquired. Columbus comes to the realization that this is the only family he needs, and the four leave Pacific Playland together.

Cast

Woody Harrelson was brought on as Tallahassee. He 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 eleven months.[4]

Completing the cast are:

Themes

The rules

A running gag, and a central plot 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; only some of them are mentioned. A series of promotional videos starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg expanded on the list presented in the movie.[citation needed][6] In pre-release trailers for the film, some of the rules were presented in a different order, and some rules were named differently.[citation needed]

  1. "Cardio"[7]
  2. "Double tap/Ziploc bags (Deleted Scene)"[7][8]
  3. "Beware of bathrooms"[7][9]
  4. "Wear seatbelts"[7]
  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"[10]
  11. "Limber up"
  12. "Avoid strip clubs"
  13. "When in doubt, know your way out"
  14. "The buddy system"
  15. "Check the back seat"[11]
  16. "Enjoy the little things"[12]
  17. "Swiss army knife"

At the end of the film, Columbus has a few parting words, reminding viewers of the rules and adding that, "a little sunscreen never hurt anybody".

In a deleted scene on the DVD, Columbus presents an alternate rule number 2 titled "Ziploc Bags".[13]

Character names

The characters do not use each others' real names. Instead, they 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, Bill Murray plays himself, and Cynthia Knickerbocker, who Columbus identifies as a "Zombie Kill of the Week" winner.[14] At the end of the film, Wichita tells Columbus her real name is Krista.[15]

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".[16] 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.[4]

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.[17][18] 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.[17][19] Later versions of the script considered Sylvester Stallone as the celebrity, but Bill Murray eventually played the part, most of which was improvised according to Harrelson.[20]

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 between comedy and horror.

Principal photography began February 2009 in Hollywood, California with scenes being shot at Scream Fest Theme Park and other locations.[21] Filming continued in March in Atlanta, Hapeville, Morrow,[22] Decatur,[23] Newnan and Powder Springs, Georgia, where actress Abigail Breslin celebrated her 13th birthday by adopting a shelter puppy.[24] Zombieland was filmed in digital, using the Panavision Genesis digital camera[25] and had a 41 day shooting schedule.[4]

The theme park scenes for the film's climax, Pacific Playland, was mostly shot in Valdosta, Georgia's local theme park Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park.[21] Some of the rides that were prominently featured within the film includes Pharaoh's Fury (the boat ride the girls get on), the Double Shot (redubbed "Blast Off"), the Rattler (which takes out a small number of zombies following Columbus after he escaped the Haunted House), the Aviator (which is the first ride Tallahassee utilizes in zombie killing by hanging off of it) and the Bug Out (the second ride, a yellow mini-coaster that Tallahassee rides). Another coaster seen, but not used, is the park's iconic Boomerang roller coaster, which can be seen when the yellow Hummer goes flying off into the lagoon in the middle of the park. A haunted house facade was constructed to match the interior of the haunted house from the previously mentioned Scream Fest Theme Park.[21]

Special effects makeup designer Tony Gardner, who helped create the signature look of Michael Jackson's music video "Thriller" and has contributed to other Hollywood films, 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 "[o]nce 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 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 have been 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 and gnarly and gross.[28]

Harrelson personally chose the wardrobe for his character, Tallahassee. "I never worked so long and hard on an outfit in my life", stated Harrelson. "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]

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.[30]

Effects

The special effects team worked to help create a few visual elements never seen in comedy horrors.[citation needed] One of these elements are the rules for survival, which appear on-screen as they are related 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."[31] 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?"[31]

Release

Distributed by Columbia Pictures, Zombieland was released on October 2, 2009, a week earlier than originally advertised.[32] The film was given an R rating for horror violence/gore and language in the US[33] and in Canada, Zombieland was given a 18A rating in provinces but Ontario, which received a 14A rating for gory scenes and coarse language (both apply to ratings).[34]

Zombieland was released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 2, 2010 on Blu-Ray Disc and DVD.[35] The film was released on 15 March 2010 on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK.[36]

Reception

Critical response

The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes reports 89% of critics gave the film positive write-ups based on 184 reviews, with a rating of 7.3/10, and a generally positive 86% approval rating from "top" critics based on 29 reviews. The site's general consensus summarizes the film as "[w]ickedly funny and featuring plenty of gore" and that it "is proof that the zombie subgenre is far from dead".[37] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film holds a "generally favorable" score of 73 based on 31 reviews.[38]

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 "[a]ll 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" heard of the year, and gave the film 3 out of 4 stars.[39] 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.[40] 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".[40]

The film's witty use of dialogue and popular culture was also praised by Ty Burr of the 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";[41] Michael Ordona of Los Angeles Times praised director Fleischer for "bring[ing] impeccable timing and bloodthirsty wit to the proceedings".[42]

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",[42] while Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com said "[t]he 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".[43]

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".[44] 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".[45]

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".[31]

Time magazine's Richard Corliss described the film as "[a]n 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.[46]

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,[47] 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".[47] 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.[48] 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.[49]

Box office

The film debuted at #1 at the box office in North America, with ticket sales of $24,733,155 on the opening weekend, matching its production budget.[50] As of October 29, 2009, the film grossed $75,590,286 domestically and $102,133,700 worldwide.[2] It is 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".[51] The film grossed $60.8 million in 17 days, becoming the top-grossing zombie film in history; the title was previously held by the Dawn of the Dead remake.[3]

Awards

The film Won the Audience Award at the 2009 Sitges Film Festival,[52] was nominated for Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor for Woody Harrelson at the 2009 Detroit Film Critics Awards,[53] nominated for the 2010 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Comedy Film,[54] and won the "Golden Tomato" for the highest user-rated film of 2009 from Rotten Tomatoes.[55]

Sequel

Due to the film's success, writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have already 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".[16]

Though intent on making a sequel for the film, Reese and Wernick have not yet started to work on a script and 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.[16] 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] Fleischer is working on the screenplay and hopes to finish it by late 2010 or early 2011.[60]

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From Wikiquote

'Zombieland is a 2009 zombie comedy/action 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.

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Taglines

Tallahassee: Time to nut up or shut up.[1]

Tallahassee

  • My mother always told me someday you'll be good at somethin'. I don't think she could have guessed that somethin' would be zombie killin'. [1]
  • You've got to enjoy the little things.
    [Columbus adds this as Rule #32]
  • Boy, these fellas really let themselves go.
  • [Upon finding a truck full of guns] Thank god for rednecks!
  • You ever read that book, "She's Just Not That Into You?"
  • [Looking for Twinkies] Where are you, ya delicious yellow basterds?!

Columbus

Columbus: Welcome to Zombieland. It's like a world's greatest hits collection of nightmares.

Columbus: That's me in my hometown.
I know it looks bad now but it has always been that dead. [2]

Columbus: When the zombie outbreak first hit, the first to go... were the fatties.

Columbus: Rule number one: Cardio.


Columbus: It's amazing how fast the world can go from bad to total shit storm.


Columbus: When Tallahassee goes hulk on a zombie, he sets the standard for "not to be fucked with".


Columbus: This is the best part. You're about to learn who you're gonna call... Ghostbusters.


Columbus: The first time I let a girl into my life and she tries to eat me.

Little Rock

Little Rock: No! She's only famous when she's Hannah Montana! She's only famous when she's wearing the wig!

Dialogue

Tallahassee: I'm not easy get along with ... and I'm sensing you're a bit of a bitch.


Columbus: You almost knocked your alcohol over with your knife.


Tallahassee: Does a lion limber up before he takes down a gazelle?


Tallahassee: I haven't cried like that since Titanic! [1]
[Wipes his tears away with a handfuls of cash]


Columbus:I avoided people like they were zombies before they were zombies.


Tallahassee: (after being sprayed with perfume) I have beat wholesale ass for less.


Tallahassee: I'm not great at farewells, so uh... that'll do, pig.
Columbus: That's the worst farewell ever...and you stole it from a movie!


Tallahassee: [discovers Hostess truck filled with Sno-Balls] Sno-Balls? Sno-Balls? I hate coconut! Not the flavor, but the consistency.


Columbus: [to Tallahassee] You are like a giant cock blocking robot, like developed in a secret fucking government lab! [1]


Tallahassee: [to Columbus] You're thinking about fucking Wichita. Well congratulations because for the past twenty-four hours, she's been fucking both of us.


Little Rock: Who's Bill Murray?
Tallahassee: Alright, I've never hit a kid before. I mean that's like asking who Gandhi is.
Little Rock: Who's Gandhi?


Little Rock: [as he is dying] Do you have any regrets?
Bill Murray: Maybe Garfield.


Columbus: There are no penguins in the North Pole.
Tallahassee: ...You wanna see how hard I can punch?


Tallahassee: [Disbelief] We got taken hostage by a twelve year old?
Columbus: Girls mature way faster than boys.[1]


[Little Rock has Tallahassee's gun pointed at his head]
Tallahassee: You don't even know how to shoot that thing.
[Little Rock shoots a hole though the car roof]
Tallahassee:Please don't shoot me with my own gun!

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References

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Zombieland
Directed by Ruben Fleischer
Produced by Gavin Polone
Written by Paul Wernick
Rhett Reese
Starring Woody Harrelson
Jesse Eisenberg
Emma Stone
Abigail Breslin
Music by David Sardy
Cinematography Michael Bonvillain
Editing by Peter Amundson
Alan Baumgarten
Distributed by Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date(s) October 2, 2009
Running time 87 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $23,600,000[1]
Gross revenue $102,297,496
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Zombieland is a 2009 comedy movie that was produced by Gavin Polone and was the directorial debut for directer Ruben Fleischer.

The writers are currently planning a sequel to Zombieland. The sequel will star the original cast and will be shot in 3-D[2].

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Plot

A cowardly shut-in named Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to join up with a seasoned zombie slayer named Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. As Tallahassee sets out on a mission to find the last Twinkie on Earth, the duo meets up with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two young girls who have resorted to some rather unorthodox methods to survive amidst the chaos. Reluctant partners in the battle against the undead, all four soon begin to wonder if it might be better to simply take their chances alone.

Cast

Character Names

The character names for Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita and Little Rock come from the places they are traveling in the movie.

Ratings

Zombieland received mostly positive reviews of reviewers:

Zombieland debuted at #1 at the box office in North America, with ticket sales of $24,733,155 on the opening weekend and is the top-grossing zombie film in history.

Soundtrack

Zombieland Soundtrack
Artist Song
John Stafford Smith and Francis Scott Key "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Metallica "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Chuck Mangione "Feels So Good"
Sea Wolf "You're a Wolf"
Band of Horses "No One's Gonna Love You"
Arthur Smith "Duelin' Banjos"
Metric "Gold Guns Girls"
Van Halen "Everybody Wants Some"
Paul Anka "Puppy Love"
The Velvet Underground "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"
K.492 "The Marriage Of Figaro"
Willie Nelson "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"
Crash Kings "It's Only Wednesday"
Success "Hard to Come Back"
Howlin Rain "Death Prayer in Heaven's Orchard"
Raul Malo "Moonlight Kiss"
Kristin Chenoweth "Popular"
Doves "Kingdom of Rust"
Ray Parker Jr. "Ghostbusters"
Blue Öyster Cult "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"
General Daniel Butterfield "Taps"
Hank Williams "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
The Droge and Summers Blend "Two of the Lucky Ones"
Marching Band "Feel Good About It"
Johann Strauß (as Johann Strauss, Jr.) "Vienna Blood Waltz, Op. 354"
The Black Keys "Your Touch"
The Raconteurs "Salute Your Solution"

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