I apologise for missing a day! I’ve been pretty hectic with work and preparing for my MA which starts Thursday (eep! Scary times!) and I completely lost track of days. I was sure that it was Sunday, not Monday, until I just looked at the calendar. Oops! Anyway – onto the review!
At university I did English Literature, so I was obviously going to come across Jane Austen. While I didn’t read Pride and Prejudice there I read it at school for my GCSEs and at college for my A-Levels. I remember sitting in a Waterstones when I was in my teens and seeing this parody. I just knew I had to read it. And there I sat for hours, reading (and not buying, I know naughty naughty) Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
My favourite thing about Pride and Prejudice (and thus Pride, Prejudice and Zombies) is that it is set in Hertfordshire. Because of this I half know where things are, being Hertfordshire bred myself. What makes me laugh about this adaptation, however, is the idea of zombies running around our countryside.
In Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, London is where the zombie apocalypse has been quarantined. Or so they thought. The film begins with Mr Darcy, travelling to a stately home in Hertfordshire, as he has been told there has been a zombie sighting nearby. He carries carrion flies with him, which are how he detects zombies living among humans. In this adaptation becoming a zombie is not instant. After being bitten one can live among humans for some time, even if they know they are to be changing into the undead sometime soon. Carrion flies have a unique ability, Darcy tells the people in the house, they can detect undead flesh before it has changed.
While this movie got some rather bad reviews (scoring barely even 50% on Rotten Tomatoes), probably by those who don’t believe in changing the classic or creative-license, I really like this movie. There’s something about it that captivates me – it’s cast is amazing and very much like the characters in the book and adaptation. I really enjoy the idea of people getting on with their lives, in the 19th century no less, and occasionally beating up zombies.
One of my favourite things was how useless Mr. (sorry, Parson) Collins is. He’s the Bennett’s cousin, but unlike them was not trained in the martial arts of China. He merely lets the women kill and stands there looking pretty gormless. I don’t think religion will save him here!
Did you watch Pride, Prejudice and Zombies? Did you like it? Were you angry it was adapted to include zombies? Leave a comment down below!
[Header Image: Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, Lionsgate, 2016]