Shaun of the Dead hit me square on the forehead first time I saw it. It was one of the best zombie comedies that I have seen. It combined all the elements I like: British dark humor, Zombies, and a hell of a story. There is a lot of quality gore, but portrayed in such a benign way that it is almost cute. It follows Shaun, a lazy guy who have just been dumped by his girlfriend in middle a zombie outbreak. One morning he finds out that everyone has turned to zombies, and uses this to prove that he is not some worthless slacker but a hero. His only friend is video game crazed Edgar who will help him fight his way through.
There is a lot of satire on modern society in this movie too, so it works on different levels of funniness. Anyway, awesome movie, awesome script, and for me awesome last scene that is so funny that i just did not believe what I have seen. Reveling in combining horror, comedy and action, Shaun of the Dead is a thrill ride that made millions pay attention to the zombie sub-genre. This movie is part of Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, along with Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, so be sure to check them out too. Wright defined the standards for all future zombie comedies, although The Spierig Brothers released their hit Undead just one year earlier. We also shouldn’t forget visually stunning Dellamorte Dellamore from 1994. Back to Wright’s standards, in the years to come a number of similar movies has been released (I’ll start with British ones first): Cockneys vs Zombies, Doghouse, Zombieland, The Revenant, Wyrmwood, Dead Snow…
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Peter Serafinowicz
Fun Facts: The game that Ed (Nick Frost) is playing throughout the movie is Timesplitters 2