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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – In Cinemas Friday – Teens vs. Monsters

03 November 2015

In the upcoming Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Three scouts (Carter, Ben and Augie) and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

In the run up to the film’s release on the 6th November, we’re looking back on the best films that pit teens against monsters with both hilarious and chilling results...

Super 8 (2011)
This is J.J. Abrams’ coming of age flick with a monstrous twist. Budding filmmakers Joe (Joel Courtney) and Charles (Riley Griffiths) are shooting their own zombie movie on their titular Super 8 camera, and enlist the help of schoolmate-actress Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning) to covertly shoot a scene at the town’s abandoned train station. When they witness a devastating collision between a truck and a passing freight train during filming, they scramble to flee the area as quickly as possible and vow to keep silent about the incident. Soon, the military descends upon their small town and people and animals start to disappear inexplicably - the children begin to realize that they are the sole witnesses to a cover-up bigger than they could ever have imagined, and must take matters into their own hands to discover the mysterious monster menacing their town.



Fright Night (2011)
In a deliciously funny remake of the 1985 comedy-horror of the same name, Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a high school teen living with his Estate Agent mother in the suburbs of Los Angeles. When nocturnal neighbour Gerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door, Charley and his friends become suspicious – recently, people have been disappearing from the area and rumour has it that a vampire is the cause. The teens decide to take matters into their own hands, and enlist Vegas performer and vampire killer Peter Vincent (David Tennant) to help investigate and bring down the monster terrorising their neighbourhood.



The Faculty (1998)
Teens-before-they-were famous Elijah Wood, Usher (!) and Josh Hartnett star in Robert Rodriguez’s 90s sci-fi horror about Herrington High - a small-town high school where something’s amiss. After a mysterious organism is found on the football field and brought into the school, students start to notice their teachers acting strangely and come to the conclusion that the staff is infected by an alien parasite. As the teachers turn on the students and attempt to infect the entire school, a motley bunch of teens bands together to find a way to kill the parasite and restore normality.



Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Darry and Trish (Justin Long and Gina Philips) are brother and sister, driving home from college for Spring Break. Their route home takes them through secluded countryside and straight into the path of the ‘Creeper’, a gruesome bat-like creature that emerges every twenty-three years to feast on human body parts. When they witness some grisly goings-on and attempt to notify the police, they attract the attention of the Creeper who can smell their fear and decides to track them down. It turns out that the monster harvests and consumes organs in order to repair its own failing body parts, and Darry and Trish had better watch out because he’s after a new pair of eyes…



A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A classic slasher film, this story by horror-aficionado Wes Craven follows the teens of Springwood as they are plagued by mysterious nightmares featuring Freddy Krueger - a disfigured man wearing razor-sharp blades on his fingers. When one of them is murdered in her sleep, the teenagers come to realize that their shared nightmares are more than just bad dreams – if Freddy kills them while they sleep, they also die in real life. As her friends are violently murdered one by one, it’s up to Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) to stay awake and figure out a way to stop Freddy. Featuring Johnny Depp in his first ever big-screen role, this movie has some great gory murder scenes and an iconic villain guaranteed to linger in your dreams.



Attack the Block (2011)
In this sci-fi comedy from Ant-Man writer Joe Cornish, Moses (John Boyega) and his gang are a group of hardened South London teenagers living on a council estate in Lambeth. One night, they witness the crash landing of a mysterious alien creature and, after killing it, take the body back to their block of flats to examine and hopefully sell. Soon, more and more alien creatures – covered in thick, black fur and gnashing their glowing blue teeth - land in the area and converge upon the estate. The kids work together to protect their home, and even make a few unlikely friends along the way. It’s a sci-fi coming of age story as the teens learn teamwork and a little humility, but it’s also got some cracking special effects and brilliant writing – making it our must-watch movie in the Teens vs. Monsters genre.



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