If you love all things zombie, get ready because Selena Gomez is starring in a new film about them: Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. Playing Zoe, a hipster with issues in the movie, Gomez is “obsessed with horror films” in real life.
“Growing up, my dad used to let me watch them just to scare me so he could laugh,” she said at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday. “But eventually I became obsessed. I like everything from Zombieland to 28 Days Later, The Walking Dead, and this Netflix series called Black Summer. I’m obsessed with zombies, for sure.”
She’s joined by Tilda Swinton as a crazed Scottish undertaker and Adam Driver and Bill Murray as hapless, slow-moving small-town cops battling the undead with a constant stream of deadpan jokes and a baseball bat.
The film opened the French Festival on Tuesday night and proved to be a surreal dive into the zombie comedy genre, featuring aliens, Iggy Pop as a coffee-obsessed corpse, and a level of nasty gore that makes The Walking Dead look like Sesame Street; it’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s full of dark humour, like Shaun of the Dead or the Evil Dead trilogy, but the blood and guts stuff is definitely look-away gross.
The action kicks off with Murray and Driver’s Cliff and Ronnie in their cop car, cruising the town of Centerville. Cliff notices the sun is refusing to set and that Ronnie’s watch has stopped—something very weird is clearly going down. “This isn’t going to end well,” Ronnie says. Well spotted!
Watch the trailer here:
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