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The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  587 ratings  ·  178 reviews
The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is so bad, it could wake the dead…

After producing three horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it's time to make something epic. In fact, they're going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they als
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Published March 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Dan Schwent
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
After making a few short films that were barely seen, 16 year old Justin and his pals decide to make the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. When everything that can go wrong does, will the film ever get made?

I got this from Netgalley.

I've been trying to curb my Netgalley addiction but when this popped up, I was on it like a reanimated corpse at a brain convention.

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is the story of a group of teenagers trying to make a movie. It's a YA novel but without all the tropes that n
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Larry! Call Spielberg...we've got his next blockbuster here!

I stand by those words - If Spielberg got a script for this book, he'll have a great movie.

Maybe you can call this coming-of-age? Not quite sure. What I do know is that this book is hilarious, and completely family friendly. I have nothing bad to say about it - not a DARN thing.

So, Justin and his two best friends wants to make the greatest zombie movie ever. The only problems are:
They still have to study for exams, they have a month bef
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ya, hysterical
THE GREATEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER, by Jeff Strand, is a comedy that had me--literally--laughing out loud at something about every other page. (Not so great when you're out in public). The book starts out with a trio of friends--15 year old Justin, Bobby, and Gabe--deciding that they want to film a movie about zombies. Not just any movie though, they're aspiring to write and film "THE GREATEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER"! A few minor issues such as: their extremely low budget, lack of free time between schoo ...more
Erin Dunn
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it

I'm not really sure where to start with a review for this one. I've been taking some time to try and decide what to say about it, but honestly there isn't a lot to say. This was a very 3 star book for me. Was The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever the greatest book ever? No. Was it a horrible book? No.

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever was...decent. It was extremely hilarious in parts and a little dull in other parts. This was one of those books that while I was readi
Frank Errington
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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When reading a new work from Jeff Strand, I'm frequently reminded of the popular line from Forrest Gump, "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" Will I get something in the horror genre, something delightfully demented, strange, or even charmingly romantic like his Kumquat novel from a couple of years back. Or will I just get chocolate all over the pages of the book?

What we have with Strand's newest novel is a YA story of some
Brysen T.K
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I think this book is some what for like 6th graders why because,I don't think 7th or 8th graders would be really interested into zombie books.And I like this book because there is 1 kid with t ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
I would have liked to have made a movie when I was a teenager. The closest thing I ever came to making a movie was being the junior high projectionist. Today's kids have it easy. They have digital video cameras the weight of a Tea-Cup Chihuahua rather than those monstrous elephants of the 60s. You can distribute on the internet rather than bribe a small theater owner to show it in the morning to a handful of friends and family. And you don't have to lug the reels 10 miles in the snow to the not- ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
I first heard about The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever when I took part in the cover reveal and sneak peak inside, and I knew that this was a book I had to read. With quote like the following this book is sure to make you laugh out loud.

Her body was like a goddess mixed with an angel mixed with a female superhero.

After finishing The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever I am fining it really hard to put into words what this book is all about. The plot of this book is a group of friends, Gabe, Bobby, and Justin
Nick Cato
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review Monday, 10/12 at http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspo.... Suffice it to say this is one of the funniest books from Strand yet. ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Some people say high school is stressful. Imagine trying to finish the final month of your freshman year, work a part time job, study for finals, and occasionally still squeeze in some time to eat and sleep. Doable, you say? Now add on the tasks of writing a screenplay, auditioning actors, advertising for extras, finding the money to pay for special effects, scouting locations, and filming an entire feature-length film - all within that same month. Still sound possible? Well, impossible or not, ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, arcs
~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~

Justin considers himself to be a director, and after making three failed horror movies, he and his film making friends decide to take it up a notch and make something better than the last three put together. With a limiting budget, a barely completed script and a burning passion to complete this before summer starts, they decide to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. And, by luck, they also have Justin's crush Alicia Howtz as their fem
Shadow Girl
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What happens when three buddies decide to make an epic zombie movie with no money, no script, and a one month shooting deadline? Possibly THE WORST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER!

Imagine the Farrelly brothers while they were growing up, and making YouTube movies. That’s how I picture Justin and his friends – brainstorming, conflicting ideas, bickering, casting, cheese fries, and the kind of teasing you can only do with your best friends.

Struggling with location issues, actor demands, and sleep deprivation, e
S.E. Anderson
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this novel through Netgalley and SourceBooks Fire in exchange for an honest review.
The full review can be read here -
This may be The Greatest – book about the worst attempt to make a – Zombie Movie Ever. Anything that could go wrong does go wrong in this wholly hilarious book. From odd pastel clowns to shady grandmothers, along with a hoard of zombie problems, Justin’s plan to make the greatest zombie movie ever – not just a
Michele Lee
Strand is known for his humorous horror books. My favorites are A Bad Day for Voodoo and Wolf Hunt (the last is very much not YA). His loyal readers might come into this one expecting a teenage zombie movie getting taken over by real zombies. And they will be disappointed (but he says so at the beginning).

This book is not a Strand zombie book, it's an ode to the long time legacy of movie making, the heroic independent filmmaker spirit, and the modern technology that lets anyone be an artist. Str
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
After producing three horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it's time to make something epic. In fact, they're going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. And, after a rash text message, they also have the beautiful Alicia Howtz as the lead. Hemmed in by a one-month timeline and a cast of uncooperative extras, but aching to fulfill Alicia's dreams, Justin must face the sad, sad trut ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

I feel like this could have been an interesting teen film, maybe a film of the summer, but as a book it falls a bit flat for me.

There were some really fun moments, when you could clearly see and understand the passion that Justin has for film making. I think, with enough time, he could grow up, go to film school, and become a good filmmaker.

As it stands, though, there wasn't anything remarkable about the story. I
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had a feeling this book, was going to be somewhat like the film Super 8, I was pleasantly surprised to be right for once. I love how the author lets you know from the start that this is not a zombie novel. There are no actual zombies in it. It's about a group of friends trying to make a zombie movie. It's a blast! I genuinely enjoyed this book. The characters, the humor, the plot. Justin is hilarious and real, I can relate to all the challenges he faced, because when your a kid and you try to ...more
Donna Fitzpatrick
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, Jeff Strand is my favorite author and I have read every one of his books since I discovered the first one I read, Wolf Hunt. So I was excited to read this book and expected to like it. Well it lived up to all my expectations and then some. This is a YA novel, but just proves what I love about Jeff, his writing is so witty, even the YA novels are great for adults. Holding my breath waiting for his next book!
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Justin, Bobby, and Gabe love making movies. They just aren't that good at it. But this time they're going to do it right. They're going to write a script and everything! It will be THE GREATEST ZOMBIE MOVIE EVER.

What follows is a predictable tale of everything going wrong, friends falling apart and then coming back together. What sells this story is the humor. I was sitting in the Jiffy Lube getting my state inspection done and trying not to crack up in public, because Justin's grandmother was i
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, fun read and the characters are entertaining. The main character, Justin, really wants to be a filmmaker and he loves horror movies. He decides he's going to make the greatest zombie movie ever with the help of his two best friends (Gabe and Bobby), his crush (Alicia) and random people from their town. The script isn't great, the budget is non-existent and they don't have much time. What's the worst that could happen?

Some of the ideas Justin and his fr
This book was so hilarious! It was also clean (no language or sex), which is rare in the YA world. I think kids will get a kick of of this book, and it's good for reluctant readers too. The ending totally cracked me up. If you have a kid asking for something funny with zombies, give him/her this book! It's a crazy, good time!!! ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: abandoned
i think this book is very good, because their is a lot of action in that book. So like justin and his filmmaking buddies wanted to make a zombie movie (the greatest zombie movie ever) but... they don't have the money for it and even the script but they have passion. ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Several high school students attempt to make the Greatest Zombie Movie Ever.

This was good, but it was so painfully embarrassing for the characters that I had more trouble finishing it than I would have an ordinary horror novel. Example of something that made me squirm in my seat: A+. Seriously not my thing, though.

Recommended for YA audiences who love horror novels and irony.
Carl Alves
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite its title, The Best Zombie Movie Ever doesn’t have a single zombie. Not one, lonely, solitaire zombie. You would think a novel that has zombie in its title and yet doesn’t even have one itty-bitty zombie wouldn’t be any good, but you would be wrong. Instead, this young adult novel is filled with the comical musings of Jeff Strand, and if there’s anything better than zombies, it would be Strand’s fiction, which has me rolling from beginning to end.

Besides humor, the one thing that Strand
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jeff Strand is the undisputed king of comedic horror. Sure, there are some strong writers working in that subgenre now, but I feel like there weren't any when Jeff Strand started doing his thing. Recently he has branched out in to other territory, but his trademark humor and writing style have stayed constant.

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever isn't a horror story, but it is about horror. Three teenage boys who love to make movies (but aren't very good at it) decide they are going to create, you gue
Helen Chen
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
“The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever” by Jeff Strand. I think that the title really fits the book, it describe what the character want to achieve and what the book is going to be mostly about. The main character Justin and his other two buddies make movie on Youtube, they thought they will get a lot of view on their movies but it came out the opposite. This book is about the process of making the movie of “The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever” from scrap in one month. They don’t have any people, script, m ...more
Rachel Rooney
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, 2017
A 2018-2019 Missouri Truman Readers Award preliminary nominee (grades 6-8).

This was surprisingly humorous and fun! I say surprising because I have read a previous book by Strand that I did not find fun or funny although it attempted to be. Justin, 15, and his two best friends decide that they are done making bad movies. Instead, they are going to make the "greatest zombie movie ever". They have just under a month to write a script, find the actors, raise the money, create the effects, and shoot
Laura Jean
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was what I was expecting from Scream All Night by Derek Milman. Just silly horror themed YA fun. Although both are considered "realistic" teen fiction with a horror theme, Scream All Night has characters who have suffered from some serious emotional and physical abuse. This was just three goofy teens who decide to make a zombie movie. Just silly and fun. ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeff-strand
Fun, Funny, and an entertaining creation by Strand. This had a cast of characters that made me laugh out loud and I could totally see in a film for either the theater or TV. As I was reading it, I even started picking who I would cast for each part. Strand never let's me down on a great read. ...more
Suzi Evelyn
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: standalones
I can't believe it's taken me two months to finish a book that's less than 300 pages. I think I was expecting something different than what really was and that's why I could stand it at the beginning. Once I got used to the fact that this was a comedy, not a piece of literature to be analyzed and discussed with every paragraph, I actually enjoyed it. There were some parts where I literally laughed out loud, but also some parts where the author seemed to be trying too hard. I didn't like the main ...more
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