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Zombieland Builds Buzz: Five Clips

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2009 at 5:39AM

Austin's Fantastic Fest is under way. The movie to fly out of there with the greatest buzz (besides Toy Story 3, which debuted a trailer) is Zombieland. Will this R-rated zombie parody starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson break the horror comedy curse?
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Austin's Fantastic Fest is under way. The movie to fly out of there with the greatest buzz (besides Toy Story 3, which debuted a trailer) is Zombieland. Will this R-rated zombie parody starring Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson break the horror comedy curse?

My instincts say yes. That's because, unlike Sam Raimi's PG-13-rated Drag Me to Hell or the femme comedy Jennifer's Body, Jimmy Kimmel vet Ruben Fleischer's movie delivers guts, gore and laughs, in the tradition of micro-budget zombie comedy sleeper Shaun of the Dead, which scored $30 million worldwide. Guys love the idea of hacking one's way through piles of zombies. Don't they? Sony opens the picture October 2.

YouTube has five clips:


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.