From the look of these five new Dead Bodies posters, Summit Entertainment really hopes that zombies are the new vampires. Each one has a quirky little tag line, some of which are kind of clever, some may very well make you groan. You can’t help but get a serious Twilight vibe off of these one sheets, especially given the oddly angular features, creepy dead eyes, and messy hair of Nicholas Hoult, the hunky teen heartthrob in the lead role.
This “Dead Sexy” poster is an example of this. Considering that most modern zombies are generally, you know, dead, it’s going to be something of a hard sell convincing audiences that this smelly, rotting, walking corpse is a hot piece of ass. I don’t care how dreamy you think he is.
“He Was Dead Inside Before He Met Her” is a fitting, if cheesy addition. Warm Bodies is a romantic zombie comedy retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Hoult plays an “unusual” zombie named R, who spends most of his time roaming a post-apocalyptic wasteland chowing down on brains. Until one day he meets Julie (Teresa Palmer), then lo and behold, he starts coming back to life.
During his mindless amblings, R also spends a lot of time with a buddy, played by Rob Cordry, hence the “Bros Before Brains” tag. We’ll see if they actually stick to this bro code, or if, much like the inspiration, it sounds good in theory, but is often discarded with little prompting.
The “There’s Nothing Hotter Than a Girl With Brains” poster is, admittedly, pretty funny, mostly just because it’s easy to imagine the brain-dead zombie voice moaning the last word.
By the time you get to “Love Means Never Having To Say You’re Undead,” they’re kind of clutching at straws, looking for any cliché about love and throwing a zombie reference into the middle.
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies also stars John Malkovich, Dave Franco, and Analeigh Tipton, and is scheduled to open on February 1, 2013.