This Undead Monday, we take another look at Warm Bodies, the upcoming quirky zombie romance film by director Jonathan Levine with the release of the first posters of the film and the zombie make-up tutorial video by transformational make-up artist Michelle Phan on how to look like R from the film. 

There are obviously two notable zombie films come 2013. The obvious candidate would have to be World War Z, Marc Forster's adaptation of author Max Brooks' 2006 acclaimed post-apocalyptic horror novel of the same name featuring Brad Pitt as the main protagonist. The other would be Warm Bodies, the adaptation of the début novel of the same name by author Isaac Marion. 

We have covered on what has been described as a "zombie romance" directed by Jonathan Levine (the film-maker who has earlier brought us the well-received 50/50 earlier) with our First Look at the film's first official image last November followed by the release of a crop of official images earlier this year.

Just in time to coincide with Hallloween last week, transformational make-up artist (and a YouTube celebrity in her own right) Michelle Phan has released a tutorial video imparting her knowledge on how to become a romantic zombie with a look inspired by R from the film.

In addition, Summit Entertainment has released two new posters of the film, one a lazy Photoshop over the earlier released first image, and the other one a more interesting image playing on the undead nature of the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Zombies love people, especially their brains. But R (Nicholas Hoult) is different. He’s alive inside, unlike the hundreds of other grunting, drooling undead—all victims of a recent plague that drove the remaining survivors into a heavily guarded city. Now the Zombies roam about an airport terminal, searching for human prey and living in fear of the vicious Boneys, the next undead incarnation.

One day, R and his best friend M lumber toward the city in search of food. There, R first sets his eyes on JULIE (Teresa Palmer), a beautiful human. Determined to save her—first from the other Zombies and then from the Boneys—R hides her in his home, a cluttered 747 aircraft. Julie is terrified, and R’s grunted assurances of “Not…eat” do little to calm her. But when R begins to act more human than Zombie, coming to her defense, refusing to eat human flesh, and even speaking in full sentences, Julie realizes that R is special.

After a few close calls with the Boneys, and with her father mounting an armed search for her, Julie realizes she can’t hide forever. So she sneaks back home, leaving R broken-hearted. Desperate to see her, R decides to comb his hair, stand a little straighter, and impersonate a human long enough to get past the city guards. If only he can prove to the humans that Zombies can change, maybe R and Julie’s love might stand a chance. But with the rampaging Boneys heading toward the city and Julie’s father intent on killing R and his Zombie friends, the stage is set for an all-out battle between the living and the undead.

A genre-bending tale of love and transformation, WARM BODIES is a story about a boy who loves a girl…for more than just her body.

And here's the latest synopsis: 

A funny new twist on a classic love story, WARM BODIES is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

Warm Bodies is currently scheduled to release on February 1, 2013.


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