Within the last decade particularly, the zombie plague has become a force to be reckoned with. From big studio Hollywood affairs like World War Z, to smaller indies like Warm Bodies and straight into homes around the world with The Walking Dead, the zombie genre just seems to keep growing. Few horror concepts can match the versatility of the zombie tale and this is perhaps one of the major reasons why no concept is safe from the addition of flesh hungry undead.
Back in 1813 when author Jane Austen’s now classic work of literature Pride and Prejudice was first published, she would have had no way of knowing or even comprehending that eventually there would be people becoming familiar with it solely through its incorporation of zombies. As bizarre as that may sound to many, it was Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 re-imagining of Austen’s famed novel (with the inclusion of the undead) that introduced new readers to the trials and tribulations of the Bennet sisters.
Since the release and subsequent success of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies novel, the inevitable film adaptation has occurred. Back in October the first US trailer arrived, but now Sony has dropped a new international trailer for the film, with a few extra additions. Check it out above.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies follows the tale of the original novel in that it focuses on the five Bennet sisters who live in 19th century England and are to be wed off to wealthy suitors. The difference, of course, is that this time around the trials and tribulations the women face involve not just love, but hordes of zombies that plague the English countryside. Thankfully for the Bennet sisters, their father has trained them to be highly skilled killing machines, explaining to a possible suitor quite bluntly that “My daughters are trained for battle, sir – not the kitchen.”
Check out the new poster for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, below:
The film is directed by Burr Steers (Charlie St Cloud) and stars a relatively young up-and-coming cast including Lily James (Downton Abbey), Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Matt Smith (Doctor Who) and Sam Riley (Maleficent).
Despite their popularity, zombie films are a dime a dozen. Of the great number released annually, few go on to actually become big box-office hits. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has taken on the rare challenge of making a period film appealing to mass audiences and its arsenal of Regency Period ass-kickers just might find its mark.
However, the last novel that Seth Grahame-Smith had adapted for the big screen was 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, that film took audiences back to an alternate past, but unfortunately it failed to bring in any substantial box-office numbers. The one guarantee with a film like this, though, is that even if it doesn’t deliver overall, at least we'll get to see some good old fashioned zombie slaughter on the big screen.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opens in U.S. theaters on February 5th, 2016.