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Five Fun Romantic Zom Coms
The romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies shuffles into theaters Friday, and in the "Zom Rom Com" spirit we've rounded up five fun undead relationship flicks to warm the cockles of your cold heart – and feed your brrraaaains!!!
Nut up or shut up! Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg play mismatched partners making the most of the post-apocalyptic landscape after the world is overrun by zombies in this 2009 horror comedy. When the snarky Emma Stone enters the picture, Eisenberg has a renewed purpose in life, taking Emma and Abigail Breslin on a cross-country pilgrimage to an amusement park. Will they make it to their safe haven alive -- and nab that last Twinkie on earth?
Shaun of the Dead
London is overrun with bloodthirsty zombies, but will slacker flatmates Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) even notice? This clever 2004 satire of George Romero's enduring zombie movies and other cult flicks follows the duo's grand scheme to rescue Shaun's mom and ex-girlfriend, take them to the local pub, "hole up, have a cup of tea and wait for this whole thing to blow over." The film made Simon Pegg (Star Trek) a stateside star, enviably streamlined the horror-comedy genre, and turned the cricket bat into a choice anti-zombie weapon.
My Boyfriend's Back
This overlooked early '90s entry spoofs the '80s high school romantic comedy genre, telling the story of Johnny Dingle (Andrew Lowery), a daydreaming teen in love with his classmate, Missy McCloud (Traci Lind). While trying to thwart a robbery at the shop where Missy works, he's killed – but won't let a little thing like death stop him from going on a date! The only catch? He feels great, but his body is slowly decomposing and literally falling apart to comic effect. Directed by Bob Balaban, the film boasts early performances by Matthew Fox, Matthew McConaughey and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Return of the Living Dead
More brrraaaains!!! This 1985 comedy classic is one of the first films to tweak the zombie genre for laughs, following a group of clueless punks who party in a graveyard next to a mortuary where their pal Freddy (Thom Matthews) works, only to be caught by surprise by chemically resurrected, decomposed dead folk. Can lovestruck teens Freddy and Tina (Beverly Randolph) survive the experience, even after Freddy is exposed to the deadly, experimental army chemicals and develops a taste for his girlfriend's brain?
One of the goriest, most outrageous zombie films ever made is actually an early film by none other than Middle-earth master Peter Jackson. The hilarious 1992 cult classic follows a young man, Lionel (Timothy Balme), who must watch over his horrible mother. After a Sumatran rat-monkey bites her and turns her into a zombie, she soon infects the rest of the town and all hell breaks loose. Can Lionel survive and still be with the oblivious love of his life (played by Diana Penalver)?
Love conquers all in this romantic horror-comedy as X-Men: First Class star Nicholas Hoult finds unexpected warmth in his heart when he sees blonde I Am Number Four beauty Theresa Palmer. Nicolas plays a highly unusual zombie, really just a regular guy, who rescues Theresa from imminent death at the hands of his undead cohorts. After teaching her to survive among the undead, the two develop a highly unlikely romance that sets off a chain of events that will start to transform him, his fellow dead -- and maybe even the whole lifeless world.