Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy
Synopsis: Shaun (Simon Pegg), works at a dead-end job and keeps going to the same pub The Winchester night after night and never seems to get anywhere in life. When his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) dumps him he decides to get his life in order with the help of his foul-mouthed best friend Ed (Nick Frost). To make matters worse this is also the day when the dead have risen from their graves and are feeding on the brains of the living. Now Shaun must save Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton) and his step father Philip (Bill Nighy) whom he doesn’t care too much for. After saving everyone Shaun decides the best course of action is to hold up at The Winchester while this all blows over. This proves troublesome as The Winchester has one of the largest concentration of zombies around it in London. Shaun creates a diversion so they can get in without being followed but once they are in the pub the real fun begins as the group begins to fight with each other. Now they must wait to see if someone will come to help them before the zombies realize where they are.
Trivia: Frequent references are made to Big Al’s claim that dogs can’t look up. This is a reference to the commentary to the second series of Spaced in which Simon Pegg (Shaun) and Edgar Wright talk about Nick Frost (Ed)’s claim that the difficulty in shooting a scene with a dog was due to the fact that dogs can’t look up. Shaun berates Ed for calling the creatures zombies (which they are, of course). This may be referring to the fact that many zombie movies (including Night of the Living Dead and Resident Evil) never mention the word “zombie” at all. More likely this is a reference to Danny Boyle, director of 28 Days Later…, and his insistence that it isn’t a zombie movie.
How scary is this really?: This movie is reasonably scary the first time through but it’s more gross than anything only because of how disgusting zombies can look. They do a couple of really cool zombie kills in the film but this is mainly a comedy and the delivers big time on that front. I really enjoy the duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to me they are one of the funniest comedic duos out there. This is a great film to watch for Halloween.