The Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse drops today on DVD and Blu-Ray, and zombie enthusiasts everywhere are excited. It’s a comedy, a horror movie and a thriller all in one. In Scouts Guide, three teenage scouts and long time friends join forces with a badass cocktail waitress to save humanity from a zombie apocalypse, and they’ll have to use all their scouting skills to get it done. Comedy veteran David Koechner stars with Tye Sheridan, Halson Sage, Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Cloris Leachman. And to celebrate, we’re giving away three (3) Blu-Ray Combo packs that include behind the scenes footage, interviews, an inside look at the making of a zombie from make up to choreography and costume design, and deleted scenes.
We also talked with Koechner about the movie, and asked him 6 questions about his role as Scoutmaster Rogers.
The Interrobang: How much fun was it working on Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse?
David Koechner: That was a blast, Christopher’s got such a great spirit and attitude and all the kids in the picture were wonderful to work with and I’ve never been a zombie before, it was a real kick in the pants.
The Interrobang: What was the process like to transform into a zombie every day?
David Koechner: It was bout three hours every night, and about an hour to get it off in the morning, but it was kind of like having artists use your face as a canvas and that’s kind of flattering. You’ve got some of the great makeup people in the business doing the job, so really you get to be a piece of their artwork.
The Interrobang: You’re a family guy, did you let your kids see you preparing for the role?
David Kochner: My oldest boy is 16 so yes, he got to see it. But, noooooooo no no noooo not the younger kids.
The Interrobang: How do you prepare to play something that’s imaginary, that doesn’t exist in the real world?
David Koechner: When you think about it, every project you do is completely imaginary, but this one’s just a little more amped up. So you’re just you, with a disability as a zombie. So I guess that’s the challenge, to play that part of it. But they also had a wonderful choreographer who would work with you, and help you capture your personality of your zombie. And then every time I came back, of course, I was hurt a little bit more so he’d remind me exactly what was newly damaged on my body.
The Interrobang: Your “turn” (to become a zombie) in the movie is a really great moment of tension.
That’s a lot of mechanical stuff that’s going on, and it’s a stunt and then I run into another person, but I don’t want to give too much away… But you’re prepared for it and you know what it is, and there’s kind of a couple technical moves so, its just like learning a new dance.
The Interrobang: What’s it like on the set of a zombie movie? Are there people doing zombie pranks?
David Koechner: (laughs) Well everyone’s there to do a job, and they’re professionals, so that’s the biggest part of it, but yeah the spirit on the whole set is really imbued with a lot of fun, cause Christopher [Landon] is a fun guy and he sets the tone. And working with kids that are either not quite twenty or in their early twenties and their enthusiasm is quite infectious. They were just having a ball and it makes it more infectious for everybody else, and some of them it was their first movie, so they were really excited. It made the whole thing so fresh.
Koechner also shared his plans with us for a very busy year. In addition to Krampus which hit theaters last month, David said he’s going to be shooting more episodes of Comedy Central’s Another Period with Natasha Leggero and Rikki Lindholme, as well as more episodes of ABC’s The Goldbergs. He’s also shooting a pilot, that he couldn’t talk about yet, and just finished shooting The Headhunter’s Calling with Gerard Buttler, Willem Dafoe, Gretchen Moll, and Alison Brie, plus an episode of Soul Man. Koechner also has a voice role in Bill Burr’s F is For Family which is now available on Netflix.
Now you can win your own DVD Blu Ray Combo Pack of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, in stores today. All you have to do is fill out the form below for a chance to win one of three.
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