Shaun of the Dead Review
Synopsis: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.
Shaun of the Dead (2004) is a 1h 39-min British horror comedy that was shot in several locations in London, England, UK with an estimated budget of $6.1 million and grossed over $30 million at the box office. Some of the exterior scenes were shot in/around North London including Crouch End, Finsbury Park, Muswell Hill, and East Finchley. Shaun’s workplace was a real electrical appliance shop that was located at Tally Ho, North Finchley. A casting call was organized through a fan website for zombie extras which was mostly comprised of locals/residents and Space fans. Director and co-writer Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Hot Fuzz (2007), The World’s End (2013)) did a fantastic job executing this gloriously gory comedy horror movie that was crammed with real gags. Shaun of the Dead contains bad language, suspense, comedy, decapitation, extreme violence, sexual language, and frightening scene.
Shaun of the Dead revolves around Shaun who is trying to focus on life but finds it difficult because he has to deal with an apocalyptic zombie uprising, his girlfriend, his mother, and stepfather. Shaun (Simon Pegg - Hot Fuzz (2007), Paul (2011), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)) overall has a pretty good life for a guy who did not put much effort into his life. His relationship with his bodacious girlfriend was in jeopardy because of his commitment issues and had a terrible job, but he did live in a nice flat. Shaun’s best friend Ed (Nick Frost - Paul (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Hot Fuzz (2007)) has no ambition in life, loves to smoke pot, avid video gamer, and is unruly obnoxious. Shaun’s girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield - United (2011), The War Zone (1999), Secret Smile (2005)) does not like Shaun hanging out with Ed. Liz does not have better friends as her friend Dianne (Lucy Davis - Garfield 2 (2006), The Office (2001-2003), Some Guy Who Kills People (2011)) is a failed actress dating a guy, David, who is annoying.
Shaun was clueless about zombies roaming around London although there was a group of zombies in his backyard. He finally became aware of zombies after almost being bitten and realized that zombies are taking over his environment. Shaun and Ed try to plan a survival method to save them from the flesh eating zombies. Shaun of the Dead was an original, fresh movie that kept us on our toes with its comedy and horror elements with head flying everywhere and brains being destroyed. I applaud the camera team for doing such a terrific job capturing the movie beautifully making some shots to look realistic. The extras/zombies at the beginning of the film later tie into the film showing us what they are doing in non-zombie form. Shaun of the Dead was an excellent bloody head-smashing good zombie movie that balances scares and witty satire nicely.
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Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Director: Edgar Wright