Trailer Tuesday: Warm Bodies
Why look, it's Twilight with zombies...
OK, not really.
Even though it comes from Summit Entertainment, the same studio responsible for the K-Stew and R-Patz Show of the past 4 years, Warm Bodies seems to be playing is supernatural romance premise almost entirely for laughs.
Based on the novel of the same name by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies centres on shambling undead R (Nicholas Hoult) who starts to rediscover his humanity when he encounters, and falls in love with, Julie (the very pretty Teresa Palmer), a human survivor of the Zombie Apocalypse. John "I'm game for anything right now" Malkovich plays Julie's distrustful general father, and comedian Rob Corddry is R's dead best friend.
Granted the trailer above gives away too much about the plot, but Warm Bodies, with its spin on Romeo and Juliet, looks like a lot of fun. Adding further credibility to the mix is that the movie is adapted and directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Jonathan Levine - who, with All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, The Wackness and 50/50, has yet to really put a foot wrong.
I'd be very surprised if Warm Bodies finds a mass audience willing to embrace its defiance of zombie convention. I'm in the mood for something different though, and this potential cult hit looks like it will really deliver.
Warm Bodies opens in North America on 1 February 2013. The film's South African release date is currently set for 15 March.