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How Scary & Violent Is Zombieland: Double Tap?

Zombieland 2 Double Tap

Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland: Double Tap has plenty of gore, but not like like a traditional horror film. Described as a zombie comedy, the film's narrative continues the storyline established by its 2009 predecessor, Zombieland. Much like AMC’s The Walking Dead, humans attempt to evade blood-thirsty baddies in Zombieland: Double Tap.

Set 10 years after the original film, Zombieland 2 follows hardened survivors who have seemingly perfected their zombie-killing strategies. Of course, humans also present problems as well, which is part of the sequel’s primary conflict. Woody Harrelson reprises his role as Tallahassee, along with co-stars Jesse Eisenberg (Columbus), Abigail Breslin (Little Rock), and Emma Stone (Wichita). New cast members include Zoey Deutch (Madison), Rosario Dawson (Reno), Luke Wilson (Albuquerque), Evan Jogia (Berkeley), and Thomas Middleditch (Flagstaff). The character names derive from their home cities. Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray make cameo appearances in Zombieland: Double Tap.

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The MPAA has given Zombieland 2 an R rating (meaning nobody under 17 can see unsupervised) for "bloody violence, language throughout, some drug and sexual content," while the BBFC has given it a 15 rating (meaning nobody under 15 will be admitted) for “strong gory comic violence, language.” But does that mean the film will traumatize viewers or simply serve as a warning for intense zombie comedy violence? And is there zombie-on-zombie violence that could be upset zombie viewers? Here are the spoiler-free basics for Zombieland: Double Tap.

How Terrifying Is Zombieland: Double Tap?

Zombieland Double Tap Review

Given the comedic premise, Zombieland 2 was designed for laughs and not to give people nightmares. The primary threat is indeed “The Walking Dead,” but viewers shouldn’t feel concerned about encountering any zombies in real-life scenarios. Zombieland: Double Tap's inherent comedy is focused on the conflict amongst humans, and how they take out zombie after zombie while dealing with personal issues. Many zombies are slaughtered in Zombieland 2, with the title itself referencing the best way to properly executive one of the undead creatures. 

How Violent Is Zombieland: Double Tap?

Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap
Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin and Emma Stone in Zombieland: Double Tap

Because zombie movies are primarily about the act of killing, a film such as Zombieland: Double Tap needs to set itself apart from others. Zombies are ripped apart and heads are smashed. Expect plenty of brain matter given all the double-tapping and zombie-shredding. One poor zombie even gets annihilated via boot in Zombieland 2, while another takes a bloody trip through a farm combine, which unsurprisingly leaves a bit of a mess. There are some creative zombie kills that result in zombie splatters. 

The Rest Of Zombieland: Double Tap’s Rating: Swearing And Nudity

Zombieland Double Tap poster with Emma Stone

There’s a bit of swearing in Zombieland 2. Specifically, the collective characters drop 123 f-bombs. They even say words like “damn,” “hell,” and “ass,” but seem to prefer “shit” in most situations. Zombieland: Double Tap doesn’t include any nudity, though Stone’s character is shown in a bra. 

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Key Release Dates
  • Zombieland: Double Tap/Zombieland 2 (2019) release date: Oct 18, 2019
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