Video: Watch Lizzie Bennet slay the undead in the ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ trailer


In Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the most important thing on Lizzie Bennet’s mind was Mr. Darcy. But now, her reluctant crush on the most eligible bachelor of the English countryside is being blocked by one thing: a zombie horde.

And you can watch the trailer.

Published in 2009, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was a surprise bestseller. Its cover featured a demure Regency-era maiden, picture perfect but for the skeletal jaw, blood spatter and gleaming red eyeballs.

The book marked the beginning of a cascade of mashups of classics with other genres, including “Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Android Karenina” and the cats-plus-Kafka “Meowmorphosis.”


It’s no surprise that the particular combination of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” -- the well-mannered young ladies in conflict with bloody, flesh-eating zombies -- was ready for the movies. (Even if it was beaten to the punch -- or should that be stake? -- by “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”)

When Seth Grahame-Smith wrote “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” he took the actual text of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and augmented it with zombies crawling from pastoral fields. He gave the Bennet sisters ninja training so they were particularly adept at killing the zombie swarms. But Jane Austen’s original prose remained, so the full Regency marriage plot was intact.

The filmmakers have done more to integrate the zombie plot with the original “Pride and Prejudice” story, which seems, from the trailer, to undermine the delightfully ridiculous contrast of the book, published by Quirk.

But we’ll have to wait until February 2016 to know for sure. It’s only the trailer of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” that’s ready in time for Halloween.

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