In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith penned this creative twist on the beloved Jane Austen novel; now, writer/director Burr Steers has taken it a step further and brought this fantastic retelling to the silver screen.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this film. I've read several of Grahame-Smith's books, but didn't particularly enjoy the film adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, so I was a bit hesitant to get my hopes up for PPZ. Turns out I held my breath for nothing!
This film was fantastic - it's quite possibly my new favorite film version of Pride & Prejudice. (Sorry, Bride & Prejudice - you'll always have a special place in my heart, but your Bollywood musical numbers can't compete with battles with the undead!)
But it's not all violent destruction and hunger for brains - the chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett is palpable, even when they appear to despise each other; and Matt Smith is absolutely hysterical as Parson Collins. Beautiful Regency costumes were not made any less lovely by the addition of deadly weapons, and the classic Austen dialogue is delightfully interspersed with fantastic fight choreography.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies will be in theaters February 5, and I heartily recommend seeing it for yourself on the big screen!
Now, will someone please ask Burr Steers to get started on a film adaptation of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters?