Shaun of the Dead

A ROMANTIC COMEDY. WITH ZOMBIES. 

As zombies invade London, a ne’er-do-well (Simon Pegg) takes charge of a group of survivors who are headed for a pub they assume is a safe haven. This well-made spoof of Dawn of the Dead (1978) has a huge cult following. It’s not as interesting as the symbolism of George A. Romero’s classic, but it is unexpectedly hilarious, and that goes for the extreme bloodletting as well. I love it that regardless of how outrageously absurd the situation gets, this group of Brits always keep a stiff upper lip. The special effects are quite inventive and it’s easy to sympathize with Pegg as the 29-year-old who gets a chance to make something of his life.

2004-Britain. 97 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Nira Park. Directed by Edgar Wright. Screenplay: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg. Cast: Simon Pegg (Shaun), Kate Ashfield (Liz), Lucy Davis (Dianne), Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy… Rafe Spall.

Trivia: Sometimes labeled as the first in the “Cornetto” trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End  (2013).

Last word: “We didn’t want our characters to be particularly sassy or clever. We didn’t want Shaun to be like Ash in ‘Evil Dead’, you know, constantly coming out with these fantastic little one-liners. He’s not that clever and he’s not that bright. So I mean, we had to rein in the humor, and it came from them. They’re not particularly self-aware. They’re not very knowing, these characters.” (Pegg, About.com)

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