Release Date: February 1
Director: Jonathan Levine
The post-Twilight era of "girl meets monster" romance may have left the movie-going public divided, but this horror/comedy takes the framework of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and gives it some undead flair.
What We Know:
X-Men: First Class star, Nicholas Hoult is a young man simply known as "R" who is aimlessly drifting through life...literally since he's a zombie who spends his days roaming, looking for human brains to devour.
However, in a twist of irony, this zombie would soon become "infected" by an ailment that completely changes him: Love. After feasting on the brain of a lovesick teen, the sight of his victim's beautiful girlfriend, Julie Grigio (Teresa Palmer,) activates loving memories which become nature's defibrillator, bringing R's dead heart pumping back to life. (Somewhat.)
At that point, what is clearly the natural course of events plays out: The girl falls in love with the zombie who ate her boyfriend's brains. Her father (John Malkovich,) a General in charge of eradicating the undead demographic is not exactly doing cartwheels over the coupling, and R's zombie buddies are also starting to become infected with the love pathogen, making the interaction between these proverbial "Zombagues" and "Cap-Youlets" all the more complex.
Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton, and Rob Corddry fill out the cast of this meta monster mashup.
What We Expect:
With a plot this absurd, it's clearly not looking to replace the Twilight franchise so much as it seems to want to highlight its absurdity. While not an over-the-top genre parody film, the conventions of the horror/romance genre are still very much part of the joke that some moviegoers will either get or miss.
Director, Jonathan Levine is coming off 2011's 50/50 with Joseph Gordon-Levitt; another film that utilizes grim subject matter like cancer and turns it into an opportunity for some tongue-in-cheek humor. Thus, it will be interesting to see how Warm Bodies is ultimately received by the public and which demographic may show up for the film in theaters. (Twihards? Or Zombieheads?)
For more info, check out the official site for Warm Bodies. (They have also posted the first 4 minutes of the film.)
Be sure to check out more of G4's 2013 movie previews throughout the month of January.