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"Shaun of the Dead" is a 2004 film which was directed by Edgar Wright, who has also directed such films as "Hot Fuzz" (2007), "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (2010) and "A Fistful of Fingers" (1995).
Warning: Spoilers will likely be given during this review.
The film was 99 minutes in length and starred Simon Pegg ("Star Trek", "Paul", "Burke and Hare") as Shaun, Nick Frost ("Attack the Block", "Hot Fuzz", "Grindhouse") as Ed, and Bill Nighy ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest", "Underworld") as Phillip.
The plot reads as follows: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
This is the first of the "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy" of films which starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the other two being "Hot Fuzz" (2007) and "The World's End" (2013). It's called a romantic comedy with zombies, but I would label it as a horror/comedy film. I like all kinds of films, but horror is my favourite genre and I've been a big fan of George A. Romero's work in films like "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), "Day of the Dead" (1985) and the brilliant "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), so when I heard that a zombie film was to be released which put a comedy aspect on those films, I was a little skeptical as you can imagine, but with cameo appearances from Matt Lucas, Chris Martin, Reece Shearsmith and others, I thought that it couldn't be too bad. Is it any good? Let's find out!
A zombie outbreak occurs and it's down to Shaun to devise a plan for survival, which is not as straight-forward as he thought. There are many highly amusing and down-to-earth moments, including one where one of Shaun's co-workers notices his pen is leaking in his shirt pocket and says "you've got red on you". There is another scene I really enjoyed where Shaun and Ed are walking home from the pub and start singing the Grandmaster Flash classic "White Lines", and don't realise a zombie is looming large in the street coming towards them. The interaction between the three in doing a short rendition of the song is hilarious. I loved the scene where the gang is in the Winchester pub and John, the landlord, has emerged as a zombie. What transpires is the jukebox (on random) playing Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" with the characters hitting the landlord over the head in time to the beat. It's not the only time Queen features in the film, as the band's 1975 song, "You're My Best Friend", is played at the start of the closing credits.
The scene where Shaun is coming up with his plan to save Liz, his friends and family, having to revise it and come up with new plans is highly amusing and fast paced. It offers a lot of laughs in a short space of time, and you find yourself cheering him on at the same time, because he feels so heroic. The man who has always been content with life as it is, suddenly is determined to not only save the day, but win back his girl while saving her from the zombies. The use of an actual television newscaster instead of an actor for the scenes where Shaun and Ed are watching for information adds a touch of realism, yet at the same time that touch of realism lends its own comedy in some vague way. You aren't quite sure why it is funny, but it is. There are other scenes where comedy Is interjected into what are seemingly serious scenes, such as the death of Philip and his subsequent turn into a zombie. There are quite a few of these delightful little comedic moments throughout the film, but I will leave those for you to discover as you watch.
The characters of the film are really clever, and I like the way they've been created and ultimately portrayed by the actors. Shaun is a salesman stuck in a dead-end job who has a mostly off, but sometimes on relationship with Liz (Kate Ashfield). He shares a house with Pete (Peter Serafinowicz) and his best friend, Ed (Nick Frost). He's content with his job and his relationship and doesn't seem to have any ambition to take the next step and move up the ladder of life. There is a serious side to him, though, in that he wants to see his friends and family taken care of. Ed has a narrow world of very few people which are close to him but has no ambition in working for a living. He's a small-time drug dealer who is loyal to Shaun but he's not the type of person you could have an intellectual conversation with, because he'd probably spoil it by farting or telling a joke. The other characters are a diverse bunch. David (Dylan Moran) lives with his girlfriend Dianne (Lucy Davis) but is really in love with Liz - something all three of them have probably always known. Shaun's mother and stepfather (Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy) both have small but significant parts and I do enjoy Nighy's acting.
In summary, this is one of the most satisfying films I had seen around the time I first watched it. I loved the old horror/comedy zombie films like "Return of the Living Dead" and "Shaun of the Dead" is right up there with some gory scenes and some sheer brilliance when it comes to comedy value. There are other films out there that the majority of people will say were better, but when you look back you have to say that this was unique. Yes, it's all been done before, but it's never been done quite in this style. With "Shaun of the Dead", you see different things every time you watch it that make you think, which is always a good thing. This is a film that I heartily recommend, but be wary of the language, blood and violence.
The critics loved the film, with very favourable reviews:
USA Today: "For those who like their spoofs silly and their cartoonish gore vivid, Shaun offers some amusement."
Los Angeles Times: "It's a grisly but sweet ode to friendship, love and the George Romero zombie trilogy."
The Times: "It is, in terms of pacing, comic references and home furnishings, an undeniably British production, and hugely enjoyable for it."
Empire Magazine: "Even when in danger of self-destructing, it cadges laughs with smart lines, silly observations or blokish inside jokes about zombie movies, video games and pub nibbles."
San Francisco Chronicle: "Remarkably fresh and inventive."
My rating: 9/10
We've all had that moment where, thanks to their ubiquitous presence in almost every aspect of popular culture, we've idly wondered what the heck we'd do if zombies suddenly appeared and started to ruin everyone's plans. Unfortunately for myself, and any other native of this dreary little island, the British don't really have ready access to firearms or giant hunting crossbows, putting our chances of having a fun-filled end of days firmly on the slim side. This rather bleak outlook has always stuck with British zombie stories, but then along came Shaun of the Dead...
Loser Shaun (Simon Pegg)'s life is going nowhere and, after losing girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), he decides he needs to man-up and sort his life out. However, the dead are returning to life and have begun attacking the living, but to Shaun it's just one more obstacle to overcome. With best friend Ed (Nick Frost) in tow and cricket bat in hand, Shaun must brave zombies, his stepfather and Liz's annoying friends if he ever wants to have a chance at the life he so desperately wants.
What makes Shaun of the Dead work so well is the way how it plays Shaun's mundane, everyday problems against the threat of a legion of walking corpses. While the zombies are certainly dangerous, they almost become a background issue for Shaun, who is so focused on getting his own life back on track that even the undead don't seem to phase him. This dedication to his cause makes Shaun immediately likable and makes you want him to succeed. In fact, it's these everyday worries that make the comedy of Shaun of the Dead so funny; for the most part, the gags come from the characters dealing with their everyday issues against the backdrop of undead apocalypse, making for some hilarious juxtaposition, while the actual zombie bashing strikes a satisfying balance between silly and gory, with minimal practical effects and CGI used to produce something suitably gooey.
All in all, Shaun of the Dead is a tongue-in-cheek movie that takes one man's journey to win back the love of his life and throws a heap of zombies into the mix. Daft, heartwarming fun, with a generous spattering of blood on the side.
Shaun of the Dead was the first "zombie" film I ever watched, and I'm glad that it was, as this movie had exactly the right balance of humour to gore to drama throughout the movie. It was made in 2004, directed by Edgar Wright, and written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. I watched this film a while back on television, and loved it so much I went out and purchased it at around £6 from HMV. When a friend asked me to describe it to her, it was quite difficult, and I suppose you would label it as a horror meets comedy meets romcom kind of film. It just has all those elements in it! It's rated 15, and this is due to the type of gore that happens within it.
The main star of Shaun of the Dead is Shaun Riley, played by Simon Pegg, who throughout the movie fends off zombies with his best friend Ed, played by Nick Frost, in an effort to save his mum Barbara (Penelope Wilton) and girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) from the hordes of zombies that are surrounding them. The acting is hilarious throughout this, all the actors are well known for their natural comedic talent within movies and television shows (Dylan Moran even makes some small cameos!). Simon Pegg and Nick Frost together as usual make a great comedic pair, as those who have seen other films with them in know that they are seriously funny whenever put together.
The plotline centers around Shaun who is living his life almost like he is in a rut, however he is quite content with this, his girlfriend on the other hand is not. Most of his time, when he's not working as an electronics salesman is spent playing games with Ed, his best friend and roommate or down at their local pub - The Winchester. His girlfriend finally gets sick of his antics and leaves him, which drives Shaun straight down to the pub for a night of drinking. The next morning when he wakes up, he decides to change his life and get his girlfriend back. However..it won't be as simple as he thinks, due to the fact that overnight, a lot of people where he lives and more have turned into zombies! Now Shaun must take a new found responsilbity and save his family and friends from the zombies. You'll have to watch the film to find out whether he saves them? Is there one place that is safe from zombies in the apocalypse? Will his girlfriend find him and forgive him? Will everyone survive?
Although this film isn't really a "horror", it does contain some gory scenes that not everyone will like, for example, at times when they are killing zombies it can involve a lot of hacking at them with axes and baseball bats. It's all quite comically done, but it definitely isn't great for the squeamish. Also, if you are a big zombie fan like me, you'll be happy to hear throughout the sly zombie comments they make in relation to films ( see if you can spot them!)
On the DVD there are a lot of DVD extras, more than I expected really. There was deleted scenes, bloopers, little documentaries about filming it and audio commentaries. Sometimes audio commentaries can get extremely dull, but Shaun of the Dead's was not, it was pretty funny (probably due to the fact that those talking are naturally funny) and gave you more of an insight to the film.
Overall, this was a hilarious movie and I would highly recommend it. Some of the scenes are just hilarious and combined with witty phrases, this is a film you will definitely want to rewatch. With basically every type of film genre included in Shaun of the Dead, you can't go wrong, and there's something for everybody!
I first saw this film back in the cinema with a friend and remember laughing out loud repeatedly during the movie, so I knew that I would be getting this on DVD which I, as a Christmas present, as soon as it had been released. (Incidentally, while my friend enjoyed the film, he had hoped that it would be funnier).
The film centres around the titular character, Shaun (Simon Pegg) whose life is in a bit of a rut, not that he seems to particularly notice. He is a grown man yet still works as a sales assistant in an electronics store alongside a load of 16 years old and spends his free time playing computer games with his layabout freeloading flatmate (Nick Frost), drinking in the rundown local boozer - the Winchester night after night and listening to dated electro tracks. Furthermore, he never visits is mother (Penelope Wilton) and has a terrible relationship with his step father (Bill Nighy). Eventually his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) becomes fed up with the state of affairs and dumps Shaun. After a night of depressed drinking (at the Winchester of course!), Shaun resolves to turn his life around and get back his girlfriend. However, doing that may not be as straightforward as it may seem as it gradually becomes clear that something weird is going on with a whole lot of people turning into flesh eating zombies! It is up to Shaun to save his friends and family and his life in the process. Will Shaun save the day? Where on earth is safe during a zombie apocalypse? Can Shaun be reconciled with his girlfriend? Who will survive? You will have to watch the film to find out!
As stated above, I really enjoy this film and would rate it as one of my favourites. Pegg and Frost make a great double act and are hilariously funny throughout. In addition to the actors mentioned above, some of the other main protagonists are played by Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Peter Serafinowicz and Jessica Hynes. There are also some hilarious cameo performances to surprise you. The film is an interesting mix of genres and instead of being described as a "RomCom" has been described as a "RomZomCom"! For people who are aficionados of zombie based horror films such as the classic Dawn of the Dead which the title is based on, there are some subtle references which would be appreciated by those in the know, but by no means do you need to be familiar with these types of films to enjoy Shaun of the Dead. This is not a horror film and not scary at all I would say, but does contain some comically gory sections (which not everyone will like) and which merits the 15 Certificate that the film holds. If this doesn't worry you then I recommend the film, even if you are not a horror fan. Above everything else I love how clever the writing is and I have re-watched it many times and notice new touches each time. As an example which is not at all integral to the plot, there are a couple of scenes showing Shaun's morning trip to the corner shop before and after the zombie threat has begun which nicely refer back to each other - the morning jogger becomes a man running in terror, the barking dog becomes a creepily empty dog collar etc. (Shaun remains unawares of all this at the time, leaving the viewer to look out for and spot the clues)! My favourite scene in the film combines a broken jukebox, several pool cues and the Queen song "don't stop me now" to hilarious effect. Intrigued? Again - you will have to watch the film.
The acting in the film is very strong and there are a whole load of familiar British faces thrown in along the way. Pegg and Frost particularly sparkle and if you like their other work (The TV series "Spaced" from before the film or the equally hilarious "Hot Fuzz" which came later) you will also like this. The film is produced and co-written by Edgar Wright who recently also directed "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World".
The DVD itself is advertised as being "groaning with DVD extras" which I think is an accurate description. These include missing sections and comic outtakes and a nicely humble discussion of some of the plot holes. Also included are some of the TV parodies used in the film, photos, diaries and features about some of the points to do with filming the feature, trailers and also some good audio commentaries which offer you different ways of watching the film and finding out more about it. These are nice additions for the die-hard fan.
Overall I would highly recommend this film. In addition to the more laugh-out-loud sections there is a humorous underlying wit and social commentary relating to how much of our lives we go about in a zombie like state without thinking and just mechanically doing our boring jobs. (The DVD cover depicts Shaun packed into a train carriage surrounded by a load of zombie commuters!) I have to rate the film with 5 stars. The DVD is currently available for the bargain price of £2.99 from amazon.
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Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright, 2004
Of course I have seen Shaun of the Dead before, many times in fact. But the other evening I quite fancied watching it again and pulled it out of my collection and gave it a spin. It's really great fun and is now widely considered not really a 'cult' film (its far too mainstream for that), but a great British film - and a very successful one at that. For a film that only cost four million pounds to make, it has made nearly ten times that back.
The film sees Shaun, a depressed thirty something man with zero ambitions who works with teenagers at the local electrical shop. Shaun lives with an annoying flatmate and has a girlfriend who has just dumped him. Vowing to win her back, his morning is cut short when zombies take over London. It's now up to Shaun and his flatmate Ed to transport their friends to safety, but that turns out to be the very same place Shaun's girlfriend can't stand - the local boozer.
Simon Pegg was probably the last of the more recent brace of English comedians who were tipped for success in Hollywood. You might have been more right picking someone like Steve Coogan who might have made it big in the US as opposed to the mild mannered and unassuming Pegg. It was not to be strangely enough for Coogan and due to the success of Shaun; Pegg has gone from strength to strength (mainly due his real life geekiness and love of Sci-Fi - appearing in Mission Impossible and Star Trek film franchises).
Here Pegg is excellent. I think it's something about his character that strikes a chord in every film he's in, whether it's Run Fat Boy Run or How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - he always plays the intelligent underachiever. And thats something that a lot of people will identify with.
Nick Frost is also impressive playing the oafish flatmate Ed. Ed too will strike a chord, as we all know some people who like to sit on their arse all day playing video games and who are generally socially irritating.
The aspect of zombies is very well played out. It makes it all the different and interesting for the film to be English and all very English at that. By that I mean the way in which the end of the world seems to pass these guys by and in their imagination they will all sit round in the pub with a pint until 'it all blows over'. Some of the gore is also really realistic and echoes many other zombie films that Wright references such as Dawn and Day of the Dead.
Some of the supporting cast were a little irritating, however some were very good indeed. Bill Nighy was excellent as the strange and distant step father of Shaun, but I found Penelope Wilton a little annoying as Shaun's mum more or less copying her performance from John Cleese's Clockwise. I thought that Dylan Moran could have been given a funnier part as his performance here is totally straight. Peter Serafinowicz also plays his role pretty straight and could have had his role expanded slightly. One of the funnier cameos in the film comes from Matt Lucas as 'Cousin Tom' who is seen texting throughout the zombie attack.
In conclusion, Shaun of the Dead was absolutely excellent. It's a shame that Edgar Wright hasn't been able to replicate his directorial style in Hollywood since (God I hated Scott Pilgrim!). But this film gives us a brilliant big screen version of Spaced and doesn't let us down with clever nods to the geeks and funny one liners. Its a classic that should be in everyone's collection.
 Simon Pegg as Shaun
 Frost as Ed
 Kate Ashfield as Liz
 Davis as Dianne
 Dylan Moran as David
 Peter Serafinowicz as Pete
 Jessica Stevenson as Yvonne
 Bill Nighy as Phillip, Shaun's step-dad
 Penelope Wilton as Barbara, Shaun's mum
When I first heard of Shaun of the Dead, I was a bit reluctant to watch it as it did not look like my kind of movie. Oh, how wrong I was!
Released in 2004, the movie follows Shaun (Simon Pegg) as he tries to play the hero and win back ex-girlfriend Liz (kate Ashfield). After a huge argument with Liz, Shaun spends the night in the pub with best friend Ed (Nick Frost), the two get absolutely bladdered and stumble home.
The next morning, they are attacked by what seem to be zombies. They come up with a plan of action :
"Take car. Go to Mum's. Kill Phil. Grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over."
Although the whole movie could have been the two carrying out this plan, it only actually takes a couple of scenes. However, the group's car becomes damaged and they must make their way to the Winchester by foot. This provides plenty of comedy as they try to hop fenches, fight with zombies and act like zombies in order to make their way safely into the pub.
Once in the pub, they hope to sit back and wait for everything to blow over. However, the hundreds of creatures outside have other plans!
Although the movie sounds rather basic, it is absolutely hilarious! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are an amazing double act, they play the friends with a love-hate relationship so well!
This is definately one for lovers of comedy and British movies!
love British films? comedy ones? I do! This one is the one film for the lads - but girls do love this film just as much as guys! Even I do! This film was voted third in British funniest films! Also you can the writing and acting talents of new comers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Shaun used to have the best until the love of his life Liz dumps him, as he spends too much time in his local London pub, the Winchester and the fact that Liz hasn't even met Shaun's mum. Luckily Shaun still has his best mate, Ed and Shaun decides to get his life back on track, but he is having a bad relationships with his family including his mum and his step dad, Philip.
But one night while Shaun and Ed are at Winchester (as Shaun is trying to get over his spilt with Liz) the two leave the pub drunk and singing, but outside the pub they notice, a guy, the assume he is another drunken, but suddenly he turns out to be a zombie! Then to zombies come, three, four, ten, a gang, and could end up begin a whole village, town, city and country?
Shaun : Simon Pegg
Liz : Kate Ashfield
Ed : Nick Frost
Dianne : Lucy Davis
David : Dylan Morgan
Barbara : Penelope Wilton
Philip : Bill Nighy
there are also cameo apperances from Rafe Spall, Vernon Kay, Trisha Goddard, David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Martin Freeman
certificate : 15
director : Edgar Wright
runtime : 99 minutes
I thought this film was such a laugh and this is one of the reasons why I love British films! It's a great film if you want a night in with booze and a film! I love it so much I own it on DVD so I can watch it over and over, so I'm giving this film five out of five stars!
I was bought this DVD as a birthday present some years ago now - I'd never bothered to watch it, in fact, it still had the plastic on its for at least 2 years. I now realise how much have missed out in relegating this wonderful DVD to my bookshelf.
Britain has, for some reason, been gripped by some kind of virus, but Shaun and Ed discover this by coming across a woman who they believe to be drunk. After pushing her down on an umbrella stand and having a huge hole through her torso, she gets up from it and still continues to go towards them. Shaun and Ed finally realise that something has happened.
The film has now been immortalised on face book an there are now thousands who support the idea of "going to the Winchester, having a pint, and waiting for this all to blow over."
There are also some 'framily' problems in the film to. Phil, Ed and Shauns housemate, believes that Ed is a waster and doesn't do anything for the household, not bringing in any kind of income. Shaun also has some issues with his step father, and theres a rather emotional moment where Shaun's Mum is a zombie and he has to kill his mother.
I wish I hadn't forgotten about this film and left it on my shelf for years, it is such a gruesome but fabulously funny film. I'd recommend it to anyone, and it's and excellent DVD to have next to Hot Fuzz on your shelf.
Running time: 1hr 35mins.
Director: Edgar Wright.
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis and Dylan Moran.
Life is going nowhere fast for Shaun (Simon Pegg). Dumped by his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), he now spends most of his time in his favourite pub, the Winchester, with his best friend Ed (Nick Frost) and working in a job, where no one listens to him. Shaun realises that he has to try and get Liz back and spend more time with his mum. He seemed to have everything planned, until an epidemic broke out and zombies started walking the streets. Now Shaun has to fight his way through the man-eating obstacle that is, the undead. Shaun prepares to fight the zombies and save his girlfriend and mum and take them to the place he knows best, the Winchester.
The thing I love most about this film is the relationship that Pegg and Frost have with each other. They both fit together perfectly to create this hysterical, comical duo. I honesty think that it wouldn't matter what film, Pegg and Frost would be in, I would still like it just for the fact that they are in it.
Shaun of the dead is a 15 for a good reason as it could be quite scary for a young viewing audience. It contains strong comic violence and language.
Because of the title of the movie and the zombies, you would think that it was just a horror movie. (Well thinking about the gory scenes it is a horror movie.) But with the romance between Shaun and Liz and the hilarious moments throughout the movie, Shaun of the dead becomes so much more than a horror movie. It is a romantic, funny, scary movie. What more could anyone want?
Missing Bits: Extended Bits, Outtakes, Plot Holes
TV Bits: Interviews, T4 with coldplay, Fun dead
Zombie Gallery: Photogallery, Poster designs
Raw Meat: Diaries from Simon Pegg, Lucy Davis and more, Make up tests,
Trails of the dead: Official Trailer
Audio commentaries: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, etc. and the Zombies.
Shaun of the Dead was released in 2004, from the stars and director of British cult comedy Spaced; Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright (director). The film is a Rom Zom Com (Romantic comedy with zombies thrown in), but it's so much more the film is just as comfortable creating the odd jump like all good horror comedies (think of the Evil Dead 2 - an obvious influence) and a deft buddy picture too (the two male leads have a lot of love for each other and in a way it's a also a love story between them.).
The story follows Shaun (Pegg) who works in a Curry's like electrical store, as his life slowly starts to unravel once his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) dumps him. But once the Zombie apocalypse comes knocking at his door (well shuffling through his garden, Shaun steps up and becomes the hero everyman that we all think we'd be in such circumstances. He decides it's up to him to save his friends and family and win back the love of his life before it's too late.
It's a fantastic comedy with some great acting, timing, sharp writing, fantastic action (the pub scene is fantastic; especially the pool table scene with the jukebox playing queen 'Dont Stop Me Now' - 'kill the queen') with some iconic moments (Shaun with the baseball bat) and quirky very quotable dialogue 'Gay' (I heard that a lot, for months after)
The film's not perfect with some of the characters a bit underdeveloped and annoying (Liz's friends - I can't even remember their names which says a lot) and Shaun's mum Barbra being the prime examples. But the jokes hit and the relationship between Pegg and Wright comes through on screen completely, also for any horror and Zombie fanatics you'll see nods a plenty to older classics of the genre to enjoy.
A great British comedy by the great Spaced team (which also features a lot of British talent you'll recognise). With some very sweet moments the ending with the zombie Wright in particular is great. I for one can't wait for 'The World's End' which should be coming this year!
"Alright Gay"... "What's the Plan?"... "Pub?" Some of the fantastic quotes that come out of one of my favourite films of all time. Shaun Of the dead is a film that every British person has to watch at some point in their lives as it simply perfectly captures the ever so stereotypical dry and witty humour that is so often associated with the British.
The film is a moke film of the original Dawn Of The Dead a revolutionary horror film in its time in which zombies overun the world. It follows Simon Pegg and Best freind Nick Frost on their reaction to a zombie apoclypse as they struggle to rescue everything that is precious to them, badly and with many funny moments that will keep you on the floor laughing the whole way through the film.
This is a film for everyone apart from the young family, watch it with your mates, your parents, or your older kids, trust me you won't be dissapointed.
Shaun of the dead is a comedy horror romace mega movie featureing Nick Frost ,Simon Pegg and many other great actors, Set in little old england , Every things happy as larry, friends going out to the pub all good, work next day to find out that the world is turning into mindless zombies and on a search to get everybody the love safe shaun and ed go on a journey to save them battleing off zombies makeing it to the alouse winchester even though the day befor shauns girlfriend dumped him but he still loved her, flat owner still angry that they blast music and dont pay rent but hees a zombie now so he dont matter, they embarking robbing his car and going on a mission to everyones house, where shaun has to save them from, first his moms house were his over protectective stepdad gets attaked so they had to fit 7 people in a jag it was soo funny, edgar write did a great job, but as they have everybody and set off to thw winchester the car breaks so they have to go on foot, through the gardens another commical moment in this fillm. but what they didnt know is their were 300 zombies on the same road as the pub , so they all pretend to be zombies but eds phone goes off and gives his position away. they battle it out in the pub after all the zombies get in and its just shan and his x left ed has been bitten and they leave him in the pub and the get rescued by the army great filmm.
Shaun of the dead is a movie I always really enjoy watching, it's the first film I ever saw which was a combination of a comedy and horror genre in one film, and you my not think the two would go that well, but it really does, the film is very funny, but still quite scary at times, but its great for people who aren't a massive fan of getting scared, but like to have a laugh as well, and its been fairly successful as well as spawning a whole range of these horror comedy movies to come out after this one.
The plot of the movie is all about one man, Shaun, he is pretty much your ordinary guy, only bothered about drinking and watching telly, he's stuck in a dead end job, and his girlfriend who dumps him at the pub. So to get over this Shaun and Ed, his housemate, and slob of a best friend drunk their sorrows until they stumble back home that night, not realising that everyone they come across on the street are actually Zombies, until they wake up the next day and have to confront them. Shaun and Ed then have to come up with a plan to save their parents, Shaun's girlfriend and themselves form this Zombie invasion, which makes for a great story line, and hilarious consequences.
The acting from both the boys in this is great, they are such a good partnership and it really came across on this film. There's some really funny moments in this one, as well as some quite scary bits although I would say get this if you want a laugh more than anything as its not a really scary film, very enjoyable though.
In this film i love the relationship between Ed and Shaun. Its the kind of relationship that you have with your best friend.
It was advertisted as a 'rom zom com' a romantic zombie comedy, it fits this really well with Shaun and his girlfriend being one of the main relationships within the film, as well as Shaun and Ed.
The music in this film is really good with queen 'don't stop me now' and 'you're my best friend' which i really love especially the part where they are hitting the zombie barman with the pool cues in time to 'don't stop me now'
This film had me in stiches, i really loved the comedy in this film and its really great to put on when you're feeling a little down to cheer you up. If you like zombies and spaced then this is the film for you. I would recommend it to anyone
Right let me start by saying that I hade a bit of a zombie horror fest last night so I may be writina few zombie reviews today.
I started off with Shaun of the Dead as it is one of my favourites to date.
Not only does Simon Pegg pay homage to the classic George A Romero zombie flicks by having walking zombies, he also manages to merge a great sense of comedy into a typically gruesome genre of film.
What we have is a story about "Shaun" -Simon Pegg. A guy whos life is going nowhere fast. He is considered to be a bit of a loser, and although he has a very attractive girlfriend "Liz" - Kate Ashfield, that situation is literally only hanging by a thread. He aslo has a best friend in the form of "Ed" - Nick Frost, who is probably more of a loser, and is the main reason for Shaun never really progressing, as he is always convincing Shaun to do stupid things, one notibly being constantly hanging out at a pub called the "Winchester".
Shaun is literally oblivious to what goes on around him on an everyday basis, and when we start to see clues of an apparent zombie outbreak, he does not have a clue it is happening, and even goes as far as to go out after it has hit and still not realise everything around him has literally been destroyed (a night after many beers, I remember those days!).
What happens next is a great comical journey through Shaun and Ed attempting to get to safety. After more comical scenes of them getting Shauns Mum and step-dad (a brilliant performance by Bill Nighy by the way) and then getting Liz (who has finished with Shaun, causing the binge drinking) and her two slightly dim friends, they have the great idea??? of heading to the best place they can think of.........The Pub!!
Simon Pegg does a brilliant job of creating humour at every turn and somehow manages to portray great touching emotion and sadness where needed.
This is definitely one of my zombie films that I watch more than most, and if you have the dvd there are some great special features. One inparticular being a funny comic strip detailing what happens to some of the characters we have during the film, very, very funny.
It's no disparagement to describe Simon Pegg and Edgar Wrights zombie-rom-com Shaun of the Dead as playing like an extended episode of Spaced. Not only does the movie have the rather modest scope of a TV production, it also boasts the snappy editing, smart camera moves, and deliciously post-modern dialogue familiar from the sitcom, as well as using many of the same cast: Peggs Shaun and Nick Frosts Ed are doppelgangers of their Spaced characters, while Jessica Stevenson and Peter Serafinowicz appear in smaller roles. Unlike the TV series, its less important for the audience to be in on the movie in-jokes, though it wont hurt if you know George Romeros famous Dawn of the Dead trilogy, which is liberally plundered for zombie behaviour and mythology. Shaun is a loser, stuck in a dead-end job and held back by his slacker pal Ed. Girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is exasperated by his lack of ambition and unceremoniously dumps him. As a result, Shaun misses out on what is apparently the end of the world. In a series of beautifully choreographed and edited scenes, including hilarious tracking shots to and from the local shop, he spectacularly fails to notice the death toll and subsequent zombie plague. Only when one appears in their back garden do Shaun and Ed take notice, hurling sundry kitchen appliances at the undead before breaking out the cricket bat. The catastrophe proves to be the catalyst for Shaun to take charge of his life, sort out his relations with his dotty mum (Penelope Wilton) and distant stepdad (Bill Nighy), and fight to win back his ex-girlfriend. Lucy Davis from The Office and Dylan Moran of Black Books fame head the excellent supporting cast. --Mark Walker