Pride + Prejudice + Zombies (2016) is an American action/horror film directed by Burr Steers. Screenplay by Burr Steers. Based on the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) by Seth Grahame-Smith which was based on the novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) by Jane Austen. Starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth; with Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Heady.
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield.
Rated PG-13. 108 minutes. Watch the “Bloody Good Sneak Peek” here …
My thoughts… Pride + Prejudice + Zombies is a smart zombie thriller with enough manners, marriage and undead monsters to satisfy both English literature lovers and horror hounds alike! I’ve never read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice nor have I ever read Seth Grahame-Smith’s literary mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so I was unfamiliar with the story and the characters! I didn’t know who Lizzy Bennet was. Or any of her sisters. Or Mr. Darcy. Or Charles Bingley. Or George Wickham. Or Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Luckily, the film did a wonderful job of summarizing all the key elements. P+P+Z, apparently, stays true to Austen’s original work except for, you know, the zombies; but, with that inventive twist, the film succeeds in making boring English literature suddenly exciting! P+P+Z even adds an additional twist in which the “stricken” only lose their wits and become monsters if they taste human flesh! Mr. Darcy’s use of carrion flies to flush out the dead hiding as the living is pretty cool, too, especially in the opening scene! However, the sexy [for the British Regency era] action is what drew me to P+P+Z like Mr. Darcy’s flies to dead flesh! The action is stylishly well-done and skillfully peppered throughout the drama to keep the film from plodding. Mr. Darcy’s pride and Lizzy Bennet’s prejudice might be what keeps these two lovers apart but their mad zombie killing skills are what, inevitably, draws them together! I love when Lizzy and her sisters kill zombies with all sorts of blades at the ball at the beginning! And when Lizzy and Mr. Darcy kick each others’ asses after Mr. Darcy proposes to Lizzy! I loved the 2012 film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s historical mash-up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter but P+P+Z was way better! Yeah, I enjoyed this film quite a bit! Oh, and Lily James is adorable and bad-ass as Lizzy Bennet!