Zack Snyder’s full Army of the Dead trailer unleashes Vegas’ undead tigers

Las Vegas is overrun by super-smart zombies in the first trailer for Zack Snyder’s zombie-heist movie Army of the Dead. The trailer, which Netflix released on Tuesday, also gives us a brief introduction to some of the crew pulling the heist. But mostly it’s about the zombies.

The trailer opens with Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero, working at a small-town diner before he’s hired to pull off a massive heist. Under the Las Vegas strip, there’s a vault with $200 million in cash. The only problem is that Vegas is walled off from the rest of the world and completely overrun with zombies. Ward puts together a crack team of thieves, badasses, and zombie-fighting veterans to pull off the job, but it’s more complicated than he expects.

Once the crew finally makes it to Vegas, they discover the undead have mutated into Alpha zombies, which are faster, smarter, and seemed to have formed their own entire zombie-society in the ruins of the strip. And that means lots and lots of zombie killing, all while the Bautista and Co. try to finish the mission and make off with their cash prize.

Joining Bautista in the cast of zombie killers is Ella Purnell (Sweetbitter), who plays Kate Ward, Scott’s daughter in the movie; Ana de la Reguera (Narcos, Nacho Libre), who plays Cruz a former flame of Scott’s; Tig Notaro (Star Trek: Discovery) as a cigar-chomping gunman, plus many more. Army of the Dead is directed by Zack Snyder (Justice League, Dawn of the Dead), who also co-wrote the movie with Shay Hatten (John Wick 3: Parabellum).

Army of the Dead is set to premiere in theaters on May 14, where it will stay for a week, before arriving on Netflix on May 21.

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Yeah, I’m not gonna lie—I’m pretty freaking hyped for this. Was not expecting the supernatural twist; but this does seem like a "Superhero" spin to his own Dawn of the Dead remake.

As someone who thinks Snyder’s best movie is still his first one (Dawn of the Dead is a great action-movie riff on things like Aliens and Predator, and less a real "remake" of Romero’s film) I’m very interested in seeing what happens when he stretches out the "mythology" of his zombie universe even further.

The notion of zombie animals and smart (-er) zombies was also touched on in Romero & Kraus’ "The Living Dead" novel that was recently released, and I very much recommend that read, if you’re interested. One hell of a swan song for Romero.

On a technical level: Very curious to see how well Tig Notaro is incorporated into the film considering she and Snyder are taking the "Chris Plummer" replacement strategy to the next level in this one.

Interestingly, it was also in a Steve Niles comic mini-series from the early 2000’s that I can’t recall the name of: zombies got smarter as they ate brains. That series was even set in Vegas, too.

Fake edit: It was called Remains, from 2004, and apparently it got made into a low-budget "TV movie" for Chiller in 2011.

I’m trying to remember if that’s what happened in the Return of the Living Dead series as well? I vaguely remember that being a thing in Part II, but I haven’t seen that movie since I was in high school

Didn’t James Gunn write Dawn of the Dead? I’m guessing that was the biggest factor in its quality compared to other Zach Snyder films.

IIRC, he wrote one of the earlier drafts, and had to leave the project shortly thereafter (I think to make Scooby-Doo? Or maybe its sequel?) before doing too many more passes. But he’s the credited screenwriter.

I believe it got a final polish from Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Queen’s Gambit) too, so yeah, it’s probably the best screenplay Snyder’s ever had to work with. Snyder is definitely a director who is not good at elevating mediocre-to-poor material, which is, unfortunately, what most of his filmography is built upon. His first three movies are the three that have the best screenplays, and even those aren’t GREAT screenplays. One very good "remake" and two pretty decent graphic novel adaptations.

Honestly, I think Snyder and Bay’s careers have run on very interesting parallel tracks, and I’m very much hoping this movie is more like his Pain & Gain than it is his 13 Hours.

I think Bay makes — I started to say better, but it feels wrong to use that kind of word when talking about Michael Bay — more entertaining, I suppose, movies than Snyder. Snyder’s moves have a tendency to be dark and dour whereas Bay’s are ridiculous and over the top but in a fun way.

I think the Transformers films are all absolutely terrible, but Bad Boys and the Rock are both 100x better than anything in Snyder’s filmography.

I’ve been so hit and miss (mostly miss) on Netflix’s original content that I don’t want to let myself get excited for much they put out. But this cast is a lot of fun, and I’m down to watch another Snyder zombie thing.

Not gonna lie, I am looking forward to this but I like most of Zack Snyder’s work.

Zack Snyder’s work is mostly fine to good. He’s a competent director for entertaining action blockbusters. It’s when he opens his mouth and tries to frame himself as a great auteurs of deep works of art, when all he makes are shallow action romps, is when me and I feel A LOT of people get tired of him.

Man makes a good trailer.

My kingdom for a single shot where everything is in focus. Despite that, it looks pretty okay, and Tig Notaro is in this?!

Zach really needs to know when to fold them.

Can’t wait for…

the…

Snyder Cut?

Kinda glad this is a Netflix movie, looks fun in bursts. I’m sure the action bits will be good. I can wash dishes and do other chores around my place when it gets all talky.

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