Zombie apocalypse is near: ‘World War Z’ trailer and poster released

March 25, 2013 | 12:22 p.m.

“World War Z” has unveiled a chilling new trailer and movie poster for the zombie apocalypse thriller. Instead of run-of-the-mill images of brain-eating zombies, we see disturbing images of infected, nearly rabid humans, like ants, swarming and surging toward their next feast.

“World War Z,” slated for a June 21 release, is based on author Max Brooks’ bestselling book about a worldwide zombie epidemic. Directed by Oscar nominee Marc Forster, it stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations fact-finder and devoted dad who frantically hopscotches around the world in a desperate bid to determine the origin of the zombie pandemic and save humanity.

Brooks’ book revolves around an interviewer collecting firsthand recollections of what happened when the zombies took over. The film scraps that POV to present a more Hollywood-friendly approach that features nonstop action, though director Forster has promised quieter moments of reflection as well.

As Hero Complex has noted, the production remains a bit of a question mark, as several screenwriters have been brought in to massage the ending, but the early footage looks promising.

Critics are already crawling over these latest releases in much the same way that the trailer and movie poster show people trying to crawl to safety: “Brad Pitt masters his dumbfounded stare for the last ‘World War Z’ trailer” says HitFix.

The rest of us? We’re trying to shake off the heebie-jeebies of watching fast-moving zombies overtaking their prey. Here’s the largely black-and-white movie poster, which uses a splash of blood red to maximum visual impact:

"World War Z" movie poster (Paramount)

“World War Z” movie poster (Paramount)

–Rene Lynch

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