Shaun of the Dead (2004) Movie Review

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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

2004 | R | Horror, Comedy
99 minutes / 1h 39min

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Shaun of the Dead Plot Synopsis:

Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) Review

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.

  • Shaun of the Dead Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.15
  • IMDB: 7.9
  • MetaCritic: 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.2

About Shaun of the Dead 2004

Title: Shaun of the Dead
Year: 2004
Runtime: 99 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.08/5 stars from 454,210 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 454,210
MPAA Rating: R
Shaun of the Dead Cast Starring: Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Michael Smiley, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Nick Frost, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Reece Shearsmith, Julia Deakin, Mark Gatiss, Matt Lucas, Edgar Wright, Philippe Spall, Kate Ashfield, Jason McDonald, Penelope Wilton, Nick Ewans, Lucy Davis, Julia Davis, Kevin Wilson, Rob Brydon, Tony Cook, Patricia Franklin, Mark Donovan, Nicholas Wilson, Paul Kaye, Claudine Biswas, Claudine Biswas-MacKenzie, Peter Rnic
Shaun of the Dead Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright
Box Office: $13,464,388
Production: Focus Features
Language: English
Country: UK, France