Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Zombieland is an American comedy horror film that stole many hearts since its release in 2009. The plot of the movie takes place in the early twenty-first century, post-apocalyptic America, where zombies have taken over.
With hordes of rotting zombies and a “weird hybrid of Michael Cera and Andy Samberg” as the main character (yes, Jesse Eisenberg, we’re looking at you!), Zombieland was a commercial success that aged really well. So, what makes this movie so awesome? Keep on reading to find out, because in this article we’re going to cover everything – from basic info to amazing zombie slaying trivia.
How Many Zombieland Movies Are There?
There are only two Zombieland movies in total. While the first one was released more than a decade ago, the sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap, was just released in 2019. And, finally, some great news; a promising update on the third installment’s release date has been made, deeming the movie as “Bigger and Better“. Feeling excited, yet?
Zombieland Movies in Order
Here are the Zombieland movies in order of release:
- Zombieland (2009)
- Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
So far, the list is still considerably short, but we suspect it will only continue to grow in the following years! Keep on reading if you’re wondering about the best way to watch these side-splitting movies, and to find out whether they are even connected.
Zombieland Movies in Order by Release Date
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
A shy student is searching for his family in zombie-ridden America when he stumbles upon a bad-ass zombie slayer that is determined to get the last Twinkie on earth… If this wasn’t enough to sell the franchise to you, then we don’t know what would be.
Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
IMDb rating: 6.7/10
A decade after their first adventure, the zombie-bashing team movies to the American heartland, where they face evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the pains of a makeshift family.
What Is the Best Way to Watch Zombieland Movies?
The best way to watch Zombieland movies is in order of release. Here’s why:
The sequel is directly connected to the first Zombieland movie from 2009, and it doesn’t really recap anything – so, if you really want to understand some references, and know the backstories of the main characters – you will need to watch the movies in order of release. In terms of the plot itself, you won’t miss out that much by skipping the prequel and moving on directly to the latest installment. Still, the movies are lighthearted and fun, which is exactly why it shouldn’t be a problem to sneak in a movie night that includes both of the Zombieland movies.
Interesting Zombieland Trivia
In case you might have missed some of the coolest Zombieland trivia, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.
- The whole movie was actually based on the leftover script of the original television pilot, the “Zombie Kill of the Week”. But, it was heavily revised to become a feature film. Moreover, the screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist, a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year!
- The blood covering the zombies came in all types of viscosities, colors, and flavors. For example, to make the fake blood, several combinations of coffee, chocolate sauce, and Karo syrup were used. The blood and slime were applied in multiple layers, using lighter colors around the eyes to avoid the ‘raccoon’ look.
- During the filming of the first Zombieland movie, Woody Harrelson was arrested for marijuana possession – which delayed the shooting for a day. The renowned actor also attacked a paparazzo after the shooting, mistaking him for a zombie, saying he was still not out of character and acted on impulse. Whew.
- Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds was also considered for the role of Albuquerque; unfortunately, he had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.
Are Zombieland Movies Connected?
Although the sequel has been released a decade after the first movie, the Zombieland movies are directly connected. Furthermore, both of the movies are critically well-received and praised for the cast’s “sharply honed and endearing performances”.
Will There Be More Zombieland Movies?
While there hasn’t been an official confirmation for another sequel or a spin-off movie, the film crew has remained optimistic about the future of the franchise – and, so should you. During the tour press of the film, the cast and directors all showed interest in reuniting every 10 years to do a Zombieland movie. Given that timeframe, we could expect another Zombieland installment to hit the cinema somewhere around 2029.
“Emma [Stone] was the one who actually suggested doing one of these every 10 years. She made the joke that we can literally do it forever because Woody [Harrelson] is gonna outlive us all. (…) So as long as there’s a desire for it and the cast is up for it, I mean, it’s the greatest experience of my career.”Zombieland director, Ruben Fleischer, in an interview with DiscussingFilm
Where to Watch the Zombieland Movies?
Zombieland (2009) is readily available on various streaming services, such as Apple TV, Redbox, Prime Video, Vudu, Peacock TV, and ROW8. The newest addition to the franchise, Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) can be also be found on the same services, plus Spectrum TV, The Roku Channel and STARZ.