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Shaun Of The Dead
Shaun Of The Dead (DVD)
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Shaun Of The Dead (DVD)
Date: 31/01/12, updated on 31/01/12 (8 review reads)
Advantages: Funny, not too gory, DVD extras fantastic
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!
Summary: A hilarious comedy meets horror meets romcom zombie movie