Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller, Action, Comedy, Romance
108 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Review


Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) is an American romance action horror film that I was looking forward to seeing and was disappointed upon seeing it. Screenwriter and director Burr Steers (17 Again (2009), Pulp Fiction (1994), Igby Goes Down (2002), Charlie St. Cloud (2010)) did a spectacular job keeping the gore strictly PG-13. One of the scenes I enjoyed was watching Elizabeth and her sisters slicing through zombies with their swords at a high-society although it reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies follows almost all of the same plot structure of Pride and Prejudice. The zombie plague overtook London resulting in many members of the British aristocracy fleeing to their country estates to protect their families. They started to train their children how to fight by sending their wealthy daughters to train in Japan under their masters while some parents send their children to China. The Bennet sisters (listed below) did not differ much from their roles in Pride and Prejudice as they are still concerned and worried about who they will marry although they are now well-trained assassins because of zombies everywhere. The girls are more capable of defending themselves against zombies hordes then most men and Lizzy still wonders if she should marry for money instead of love. Jane and Elizabeth seek wealthy husbands who will give them the means to protect themselves when their father passes away.

The humor, action, and scatter jump scares throughout the movie made the film somewhat watchable and helped refrain me from falling asleep. The entire cast did a wonderful convincing job with their roles which helped the film to become an average watch which was not good or bad. This movie is different from other zombie movies because people cannot become a full-fledged zombie until they eat human brains. Those who are infected and have not consumed human brains are still a shell of their former human selves. Will the brain-craving zombies take over the world or will the surviving humans win? I did not like that the zombies did not give the creep factors and were not scary. The editing department and screenplay writer did not put their best foot forward when working on this film. I admired that there was an effort to add Darcy’s backstory with Mr. Wickham and disliked that the conflicts between upper and the lower classes were not explored.

- Elizabeth (Lily James - Cinderella (2015), Wrath of the Titans (2012), Broken (2012), Burnt (2015))
- Jane ( Bella Heathcote - Dark Shadows (2012), In Time (2011), Not Fade Away (2012), Beneath Hill 60 (2010))
- Kitty (Suki Waterhouse - Love, Rosie (2014), Insurgent (2015), Pusher (2012))
- Lydia (Ellie Bamber - The Falling (2014), Nocturnal Animals (2016), The Musketeers (2014))
- Mary (Millie Brady - Legend (2015), Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur (2017), Mr. Selfridge (2013))

A few locations the movie was filmed in are:
- Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, UK
- Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK
- West Wycombe House, West Wycombe Park, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
- Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Berkshire, England, UK
- Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK

About Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 2016

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Year: 2016
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Comedy, Romance
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.8/5 stars from 66 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 66
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Raiden Integra, Gintare Beinoraviciute, Charles Dance, Daniel Westwood, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Ashley Hudson, Bron James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, David Few-Cooper, Millie Brady, Sigmund Oakeshott, Rebecca Scott, Matt Tyzack, Ryan Oliva, Michael Cole, David McCarrison, Tina Holland, Suki Waterhouse, Janet Henfrey, Robert Morgan, Dominic Borrelli, Hermione Corfield, Kate Doherty, Judit Novotnik, Ellis Fuller, Jordan Stansbury, Euan Macnaughton
Writers: Burr Steers, Jane Austen, Seth Grahame-Smith
Director: Burr Steers