Warm Bodies Trailer: Manic Pixie Zombie Girl
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Warm Bodies Trailer: Manic Pixie Zombie Girl

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | November 9, 2012 | Comments ()


My original headline for this trailer was, "I want to take this movie behind the middle school and make love to its corpse," but my wife has warned me about using provocative headlines that would embarrass her in her real-life profession. But that's how much I love the trailer for Warm Bodies, a zombie romantic comedy featuring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer. It's also directed by Jonathan Levine, who is THE BEST, y'all: He directed 50/50 and The Wackness, and the man knows how to fill your heart before he smashes it. I expect no less from Warm Bodies.

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  • BiblioGlow

    I had zero plans to see this. I will now be bumming street change for the price of a ticket. It doesn't come out for a while, right? I have time to beg $10 off people?

  • I was skeptical, but that does look good. Looks good enough to end this overkilled genre once and for all.

  • Morgan_LaFai

    As assume as this looks, it has me slightly concerned. Is this the first step down the dark spiral that leads to sparkly, lip biting vampires; or just a fantastic one off?

  • Lauren_Lauren

    YES!!! Ooohhh, this looks like a load of fun.

  • I'm torn on this one. The trailer looks pretty good, but I've yet to encounter a "love brings him back" zombie story that doesn't make me want to Hulk out in rage over some ridiculous plot twists near the end. I was much more interested in the start of the trailer where it looked like a mainstream version of Otto; or, Up with Dead People or a darker version of Shaun of the Dead.

  • Read the book and did Hulk out (thanks for the phrase as I was at a loss for words at how stunningly outrageous the ending is) at the ending. Love brings the dead back to life? Barf.

  • There's an earlier zombie romance novel called Breathers that has a much better explanation for zombies regaining their faculties. It also has a terrible twist ending, but at least it isn't the power of love.

  • damnitjanet

    Sold. This looks fantastic. Better, I hate to say it, than World War Z. How they apparently fucked that up will baffle mankind for....Oh, wait...Money? Yeah, that makes sense.

  • Jaime Birren

    You know I was skeptical, but this actually looks pretty innovative. Plus, yay Nicholas Hoult! I'll probably pretend like I'm being dragged to it by my 16 year old. You know, for appearances' sake.

  • k reads

    I Loved the book. It's on my keeper shelf. One of my favorite reads of last year. I highly recommend it.

  • Frank Berrodin

    Man this looks great. Obvious way to describe it is "(500) Days of Summer" with zombies.

  • Groundloop

    We would also have accepted (500) Days of the Undead.

  • e-money

    (500) Days Later?

  • John G.

    I don't know if the way to keep the zombie trend fresh is to change all the rules of being a zombie. Maybe we should just stop making zombie movies, if people are tired of them. On the other hand, I love nicholas hoult and Rob Corddry, so I may be wrong.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    This is the sort of change that's actually interesting, though, and at least starts from a premise of the classic (non-voodoo, of course) zombie. It's not just picking any old murderous, apocalyptic horde and calling it zombies to capitalize on the fad (looking Right. At. You., Brad Pitt).

    It's respecting the basic concept and then saying, "Now, what if the zombie fell in love?" Which, hey, that could well be ridiculous and made of fail (doesn't seem to be, though), but that's the kind of trend I see as acceptable and which should be encouraged, at least over the Pitt WWZ debacle of clearly just using your own monster and calling it a zombie.

  • John G.

    well, zombie falling love has been done. In the Day of the Dead remake with mena suvari, they had that. Zombie love curing zombies, though, that's new.

  • BWeaves

    OK, that was seriously cute. I'll watch it.

  • littlealbatross

    I want to go to there. Made my day.

  • Leelee

    Are... are zombies sexy now? Has it finally happened? Zombies are sexy? ZOMBIES are sexy? Zombies are SEXY? I can't process it.
    It looks like a damn good film, but Nicholas Hoult as a zombie can only mean that they are definitely sexy now and there is nothing that can't be used as a romantic interest.

  • Boo_Radley

    The Link to your latest AHS:A post is broken...

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Okay, that'll do.

  • Zirza

    It looks fantastic, but I think we can wholeheartedly conclude that the real miracle here is that someone from America's Next Top Model has an actual job in something we'd actually like to see.

  • Bedewcrock

    Wait, who was in America's Next Top Model?? Teresa Palmer? (I'd prefer to converse rather than Google this morning.)

  • zyzzyva

    Analeigh Tipton, the former figure skater (looks like she's playing Palmer's friend here). She was also in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Damsels in Distress," and "The Green Hornet."

  • Lauren_Lauren

    And she was actually good in "Crazy, Stupid . . .". I was shocked.

  • Bedewcrock

    hmmm i got an ice skater vibe from her.....

  • Mrs. Julien

    I read that as ice skate vibrator.

  • jen

    Huh, a zombie movie I might be able to watch. Plus, MALCOVICH!!!

  • lowercase_ryan

    Not sure what it says about me, but I said the same thing about Rob Corddry.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Yesssssss this feels so right...

  • BobbFrapples

    I thought this was going to be Twilight all over again, but I after watching the trailer, I'm looking forward to watching young zombie love!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Can zombies get boners? I ask for scientific purposes. Mind, with Levine's direction, that question will probably be answered.

  • BWeaves

    They're already stiff, so . . . um, yeah.

  • Groundloop

    I have the weirdest rigor mortis right now.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I need this movie now. Also I think I dig Teresa Palmer. She's not exactly hitting the mark with her movies so far (this to be an exception, I hope), but the choices are interesting.

  • Jackheiser

    Every time I start to fall in love with Teresa Palmer, the camera catches her at an angle where she looks like friggin' Kristen Stewart's blonde twin, and I'm all, "What the hell is wrong with me?"
    Then the camera angle changes and I'm in love again and all is right with the world.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    True, but she actually smiles, which I feel makes all the difference. Kristen Stewart would be ten times more attractive if her default expression weren't a scowl.

  • Bedewcrock

    Plus she's Australian so like win/win right?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Pretty much. Hotter, happier Kristen Stewart with a nice accent. Maybe someone should just make a switch or something, even.

  • Natallica

    I LOVE Nicholas Hoult, the fact he's dating Jennifer Lawrence, the fact that according to her they look beach volley matches together and ogle the players' asses, and yes, I also love this trailer.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm less enthused by the fact he's dating Jennifer Lawrence, but that's my own hang up. Objectively, though, certainly, kudos to him.

  • Jezzer

    I saw "Manic Pixie" in the title and automatically rolled my eyes and prepared the Withering Scorn, but goddamn if that trailer wasn't magical. Yeah, I'll be seeing this, cursing Dustin the whole time.

  • lowercase_ryan

    You'd accomplish more if you cursed Dustin less.

  • Jezzer

    You have to keep an eye on Rowles, lest he fall prey to the Dark Side and give in entirely to his hipster leanings.

  • pajiba

    that's not even true.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Don't encourage him.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Right? I've been doing it for years and look how I turned out!

  • TheOtherGreg

    I am swearing off anything zombie/vampire/undead related for at least two years. Enough is enough.

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