To succeed in polite society, a young woman must be many things. Kind. Well read. And accomplished. But to survive in the world as we know it? She'll need other qualities! /pride-prejudice-zombies-movie-photos/Based on the book by Jane Austen, the first international trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has arrived, and it's an equal mix of period drama and ass-kicking action movie. The full-length domestic trailer is said to be dropping in two weeks!

Sure to be a 19th Century blood bath, this generation gets a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, as Seth Grahame-Smith's mash-up novel prepares to hit the big screen just in time for Valentine's Day this February. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tells the classic love story with an apocalyptic twist sure to scare anyone into fits of panic, followed by a series of hot flashes. Lily James takes on the role of Lizzy, who has become romantically entangled with Mr. Darcy, played by Sam Riley.

This fling is interrupted by a zombie virus, with the 'sorry stricken' (as the walkers are called in the book) rising from the grave to cause gory havoc. The victims of this mysterious plague have been infected for the past 70 years, and it's up to Lizzy, her sisters, and her lover to stop the madness! Burr Steers, perhaps best known for Igby Goes Down, directs this dramatic thriller, which doesn't play the camp aspect for laughs. This is serious business, claims the ring leader of this horror show. He goes onto explain more about the story and its tone.

"The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight. The movie's big wink is that there is no big wink."

Seth Grahame-Smith's last novel to get the big screen treatment was Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which took its action in a decidedly different direction. Lily James wants to assure everyone that this new adventure is not 'camp'. And the new teaser trailer almost has a Quentin Tarantino vibe to it thanks to some well-placed music. The actress had this to say.

"Rather than knitting and crocheting, they're polishing muskets. She's the most badass zombie slayer there is."

Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston and Matt Smith headline this action-packed romance for horror genre fans. Both elements are put on display in equal measure, with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies promising one heck of a ride. Check it out, and then be sure to mark your calendar for February 5. If there's one movie to take your Valentine too this year, make it this one!

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies poster

B. Alan Orange