Edgar Wright's horror-comedy film, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, follows the title character (Simon Pegg) through his mundane life in London. Joined by his immature and ever-present roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun excels at nothing except drinking pints of ale a......more
Edgar Wright's horror-comedy film, SHAUN OF THE DEAD, follows the title character (Simon Pegg) through his mundane life in London. Joined by his immature and ever-present roommate, Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun excels at nothing except drinking pints of ale and watching television, which causes friction with his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield). Before Shaun can save his relationship, however, he's got to fend off a horde of zombies that are slowly taking over the city. Armed with a cricket bat and a vague sense of direction, Shaun must rescue his friends and loved ones, and bring them to the only safe place he can think of--the pub.
Cowritten by Wright and Pegg, SHAUN OF THE DEAD succeeds remarkably well at combining droll British humor with good, old-fashioned zombie cinema. While the movie is often hilariously amusing, it takes its horror pedigree seriously, offering up moments of genuine suspense, and even a healthy dose of gore. Pegg is oddly charming as the put-upon lead slacker, and Frost is appropriately oafish, but the living dead themselves also take up a fair amount of screen time, shuffling and limping in their best Romero form. For lovers of zombie films and other chills-and-chuckles outings like EVIL DEAD II and DEAD ALIVE, SHAUN OF THE DEAD is an instant cult classic.
I was lucky enough to get to see 'Spaced' here in the US before owning this DVD, so I was basically familiar with the humor-style of Pegg and Frost. There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said about this film, except it is phenomenally fun! I never get tired of seeing it! I guess I am a zed-head and brit-com lover who is kind of obsessed with 'Shaun of the Dead'. (I actually planned a zombie-themed restaurant that I was gonna ask for the rights to use some of the themes from the movie! Guess zombies and restaurants aren't a good combo.) This is the one DVD that never leaves my carousel! If there is ever a hardcore fans 2, 3 or 4 disc version released, I'm getting it! Probably be on Blu-ray by then!
This is an amusing movie about zombies attacking the city, and several people who are too oblivious to notice until well into the movie. I call it amusing, because I the jokes made me smile, but not laugh.
It's also worth noting there are some gory scenes of people being eaten. Not good fair for kids.
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