SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004)
DIRECTOR: Edgar Wright
STARRING: Simon Peg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis
GENRE: Zombie Comedy Horror
I’ve watched SHAUN OF THE DEAD so many times. It’s a pretty rare combination of horror and comedy done well. As with American Werewolf in London, SHAUN OF THE DEAD can swing from the horrific and gruesome to laugh-out-loud funny – and I mean proper laugh out loud funny.
The acting is top notch and the comedic timing and chemistry between the main actors Simon Pegg (Shaun) and Nick Frost (Ed) is just brilliant.
It begins with Shaun and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) having a discussion about where their relationship is heading. Liz is unhappy as all they seem to do is go to their local pub ‘The Winchester’ with Shaun’s best friend, Ed, in tow. Liz wants more out of life and their relationship. Shaun says he’ll change and promises to take her out for a lovely meal the next night. Of course he forgets and to make things worse tries to smooth things over by giving her flowers, which are actually for his mum, with card attached! This is the last straw, and Liz gives him the boot. Shaun and Ed then head to The Winchester to get drunk. As they leave the pub later that night, they don’t notice anything is amiss.
On the morning after the night out, Shaun wakes to find Ed on the sofa and decides to head to the shop like normal…
“Do you want anything from the shop?” [Shaun]
As he walks to the shop he doesn’t notice the deserted streets and the odd zombie shuffling by, until he and Ed are faced with one in the garden. At first they think she’s just drunk but once she’s joined by a larger zombie they realise that something isn’t quote right with the world. One of my favourite scenes is Shaun and Ed choosing which LP to fuzz at the zombies head!
Once they’ve dealt with the garden zombies, Shaun and Ed realise that this is a full on zombie apocalypse and Shaun decides they should go to Liz’s flat to save her. But first, Shaun and Ed discuss why…
“Why’ve we got to go to liz’s?” [Ed]
“Because we do.” [Shaun]
“She dumped you.” [Ed]
“I have to know if she’s alright.” [Shaun]
“Because I love her!” [Shaun]
“Alright… Gay…” [Ed]
With cricket bat in hand Shaun and Ed head to Liz’s picking up his mum and her husband on the way, and heads to The Winchester for safety. There are a few twists along the way, with hilarious, and occasionally, touching moments. The comedy comes thick and fast as does the zombie carnage. The ending is satisfying and just too good
To get a real sense of the humour check out the trailer below, some of the facial expressions are just so funny! This is one of my favourite zombie movies, for the horror and goriness but also for the amazing comedy that has me laughing out loud every time I watch it. For me, it’s definitely a zombie comedy classic and one I can watch again and again. If you like a lot of laughs with your blood and gore then this one is definitely for you.
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