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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 11.08.12] horror drama romance

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It was only a matter of time before zombies became romantic. Isaac Morton's novel wasn't the first (or the last) to do so but it was the one that captured the most attention with endorsements from Simon Pegg and, rather unlikely, "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. With this much support and cache, the studios saw money in the bank.

Enter Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50). He's adapted Morton's book, added a cast that includes Nicholas Hoult in the lead role as "R" and a supporting cast made up of John Malkovich, Dave Franco, Analeigh Tipton and Teresa Palmer as Julie.


The story unfolds in a post-apocalyptic America where R, while snacking on some brains, beings to experience his victim's memories and begins to develop a heart and become human again. It's cheesy as all heck but I must admit I'm curious, especially considering the great reception to the novel. If Levine manages to keep some of the book's stronger ideas in tact, we may be in for a treat.

Warm Bodies isn't due for release until February 1st, 2013 but we've tracked down an international trailer and it's looking pretty good. This is likely not going to be a must see for hardcore zombie fans (zombies falling in love and returning to their humanity? Please!) but it's an interesting take and it certainly looks pretty good. At least it looks better than those fast moving zombies...


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