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There was a time not so long ago when it seemed the trend that would follow vampire-centered romance tales for teens would be love stories about the undead. In 2010, there were three different zombie-focused romances in development. There was Breathers: A Zombie's Lament, which had Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumored to star, an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's cheeky take on Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and writer-director Jonathan Levine's adaptation of Isaac Marion's novel Warm Bodies. But since then the first two of these projects have festered, and only the last has lumbered on into production.
Still, Levine's follow-up to the celebrated cancer comedy 50/50 has had a winding path to theaters. In January of this year, the first image of About A Boy's Nicholas Hoult all grown up and undead debuted with the promise that Warm Bodies would descend on theaters on August 10, 2012. But then in February Summit shifted the date back by six months, possibly to cash in on audiences in Twilight withdrawal.
While we're still waiting on a trailer for the long-anticipated zombie drama, Summit has released the film's first poster, and now makeup maven Michelle Phan gives fans of the book—or just fans of zombies—pointers on how to achieve Hoult's smoldering zombie look just in time for Halloween. Check it out below:
This seems to be a pretty ambitious makeup makeover, but the chipper Phan is impressively thorough in her breakdown. Of course, if you don't think you could get your boyfriend to sit still for this process (it does seem pretty involved) it's worth noting that if you stop off around the two minute mark your boyfriend could do vampire with ease: just add fangs! But if you commit for the full tutorial, you too can have a boyfriend who looks like he's rotting. Though I'm not gonna' lie – she loses me at describing his blackened lips as "kissable."
Warm Bodies opens February 1st, 2013. Find out more about this feature at our Blend Film Database.