• Jennifer Abella

‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’: The highlights

Love it or hate it, the Seth Grahame-Smith book “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”  — which sets Pride and Prejudice in a world where zombies are rampant — put a whole new spin on Jane Austen’s novel. And just as with Austen’s works, PPZ had a film adaptation of its own. We take a look at a few highlights. WARNING: Spoilers if you haven’t seen the film or read the book.


Sisters who fight together …


The Bennet sisters in PPZ are no damsels in distress. They trained to fight zombies in China (which of course isn’t as good as being trained in Japan), and they can often be found sparring against one another. And they wouldn’t be caught dead without any weapons — even at a ball. The training scenes are some of the most fun in the film.



Mr. Collins yuks it up


Matt Smith — whom you may recognize as Prince Philip in “The Crown” or the Eleventh Doctor in “Doctor Who” — steals every scene he’s in as the inane Mr. Collins. His take on the clergyman is one of the best parts of the movie. If you want to skip the movie, check out the outtakes from his scenes here.


Lady Catherine — a good guy?

Lena Heady brings a steely-ness to Lady Catherine in the film as an accomplished and well-respected warrior in the fight to rid the world of zombies. 


Fight scene or proposal scene — or both?

PPZ turns Darcy’s failed proposal into a literal fight as Lizzy and Darcy trade blows — and barbs.



Where have I heard that line?

The PPZ film keeps Jane Austen fans on their toes: If you listen carefully, you’ll hear lines inspired by Austen’s other novels, including “Northanger Abbey,” “Emma” and “Persuasion.”


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