WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Zombieland: Double Tap, in theaters now.
Zombieland: Double Tap, much like the movie that preceded it, takes absolute joy in creating new and ridiculous ways to kill zombies. These gory moments define much of the film's comedic tone and helps the series stand out from the rest of the overpopulated zombie genre.
Double Tap outdoes itself, however, by introducing perhaps the most over-the-top zombie kill of all time -- not just for the universe of Zombieland, but maybe the entire history of zombie killing.
ZOMBIE KILL OF THE YEAR
A consistent feature of the two Zombieland films is the idea that around the world, someone is brutal and creative enough to claim they've earned the "Zombie Kill of the Week." title. Zombieland: Double Tap introduces a whole new level to the award, only given out for the "Zombie Kill of the Year." In both films, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) strives to earn the title for himself. But in both films, he fails to procure the hallowed title.
For "Zombie Kill of the Week," Tallahassee actually loses twice. In the first film, a little old lady lures a zombie to a specific spot and drops a piano on him. In the new movie, a farmer claims the title by getting a zombie caught up in his plow, ripping the zombie to pieces and stuffing it into a newly made hay bale. Although those are both solid kills in an average week, nothing can touch the confirmed "Zombie Kill of the Year."
That honor in the second film belongs to an Italian man living in the city of Pisa. There, he lures a group of three zombies into attacking a family of "tourists" that are actually just mannequins. The zombies charge the mannequins and are distracted trying to eat them. This gives the man the chance to walk over to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and, using a massive jack, is able to tip the world-famous monument straight on top of the undead.
RAISING THE BAR
In a world full of absurd zombie deaths and improvised weapons, the Leaning Tower of Pisa kill deserves serious additional credit. Using an entire building to take them out is a genuinely creative way to dispatch the undead. Extra points are also earned for it being one of the most iconic single buildings in Western culture, and was destroyed by one lone man. It wasn't even done as a last-ditch effort to stop a horde. This man had the idea, planned it out, laid traps and watched as everything fell (literally) into place for him.
Even more excessive it that he only used it to stop three zombies. Those are the kind of numbers that pale in comparison to some of the plans used by other survivors like Tallahassee or Nevada (Rosario Dawson), each of whom wipe out groups of zombies that easily break triple digits. But neither of them used a national landmark to splatter just three targets.
It's taking a very petty zombie kill taken to the most extreme level possible. But just in terms of sheer impressive ingenuity and lunacy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa zombie kill isn't just the best most over-the-top zombie kill in Zombieland, it may be the most over-the-top kill in the entire zombie genre.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and David Callaham, Zombieland: Double Tap stars Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin. The film is in theatres now.
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