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Shaun of the Dead 2004

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...

Release Date:
September 23, 2004, UTC
99 min
Edgar Wright
Mark Gatiss, Julia Davis, Lucy Davis, ...
Horror, Comedy
UK, USA, France

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This is how you do satire!
A bit bloody but very funny. One of my favorite Simon Pegg movies.
You got to love this movie, if you love Romero's movies or not.It keeps the genre alive with some fresh air but keeps it's roots.

It starts slow giving the sensation of a natural day and the unawareness of the characters by the zombies is just a excelent comedy momment.
There cannot be enough good things said about this movie. Brilliant in every way, from the witty dialouge and direction to the biting (no pun intended) satire and gory good scares, Shaun of the dead does everything that a zombie movie should be right - and then makes it funny.
A great zombie movie, that both mocks and glorifies the genre.
George A. Romero, the creator of the zombie genre himself, called this film "an absolute blast!" It truly is, it parodies the zombie genre, as well as celebrates it, and is a great zombie movie. It's funny, clever, gory, and absolutely entertaining.
Shaun of the Dead is a film I saw years ago in theaters and was blown away by. In the time since then, I've seen the film about 4 times and it definitely retains a lot of charm.
The whole plot is a very hilarious take on Dawn of the Dead. Instead of holding up in a mall, Shaun (Simon Pegg) takes his friends and loved ones to a pub to try and sit out the zombie apocalypse.
What ensues is some standard British humor mixed with fart/dick jokes and some great slapstick. Nearly everything in this movie has some kind of comedic value and it's ridiculous how much fun such a serious subject can be.
What does irk me, however, is the drama in the film. While I do like that the zombies themselves are humanized, it's very disruptive to the flow of the movie to have to stop every 15 minutes and talk about life. It's not even very deep talks, it's just Shaun yelling at his girlfriend or best friend.
The actual zombie part of the film is very traditional and definitely pays homage to Mr. Romero. Zombies don't run fast like 28 Days Later, but instead have the classic style of being near brain-dead. It's so wonderful to see such attention to detail like this movie has.
The action scenes, themselves, incorporate a lot of comedy into their blood and it works on both levels. One scene where a bar tender is being beat down to Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" is just fantastic. There are even some great bits in the beginning where zombies are walking around yet Shaun knows nothing about them.
The acting is pretty good with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost stealing the show. They have such great chemistry together that you could almost mistake them for a gay couple. A lot of this has to do with the very believable writing, but their delivery on all of their ironic puns and lines is just spot on.
I know I can recommend this movie to people who haven ever even seen zombie films; this is just good cinema. You have interesting characters, hilarious moments and some decent action. I don't know what else you would need out of a film.
OK some of it was funny, but otherwise its pretty ridiculous and a bit pointless.

Grade: D
Shaun of the Dead has gotten a lot of good reviews. While I do think the movie is good... it is just not that good. Maybe I don't get the English Humor, but it is a "fair" zombie movie at best. So... I am not going to write a long review. Some will like this flick and others will hate it, but if you like English humor, you will enjoy it. For me.. it did not leave me with a great impression.
Loved this Movie!! Two thumbs up!
Hehe! This movie makes me giggle just thinking about it. The best zombie film I have ever seen, I think it is like a spoof of 'Dawn of the Dead' but I have never watched that so . . . anyway, one of the best comedies EVER!! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Legends. This only disappointing thing about this movie is the ending, but how do you end a movie about zombies? And it still be as great as the rest of the film? If you have this on DVD go on special features, some funnies on there!!
This is a definitely funny movie, and fans of the horror must see this movie. However I am not a huge fan of horror movies therefore it wasn't as enjoyable for me as it was for my friends. Really just a fun watch with messed up hilarious parts.
This is hands-down one of my favourite movies of all time! I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen this movie, but still love every second of it!

This is a unique rom-zom-com which centres around Shaun (Simon Pegg), a bit of a loser who has just been dumped by his girlfriend. He finally decides its time to turn his life around, but unfortunately for him the dead are coming back to life to feast on the living!

Pegg plays Shaun's character perfectly, and his on-screen chemistry with best friend Ed (Nick Frost) is awesome, they make a perfect team! Other supporting characters such as Phil (Bill 'he's not my dad, he's my stepdad' Nighy), and David (Dylan Moran) are outstanding and make this movie unmissable!

And remember if you are ever in the middle or a zombie invasion and don't want to draw attention to yourself, take Diannes advice and 'just look at the face: it's vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who's lost a bet.' :)

P.S Dogs can look up!! haha
Manages to subvert the genre while at the same time brilliantly exploiting all of its conventions. At once screamingly funny and screamingly scary.
Shaun of the Dead is a cute satire on zombie movies everywhere. I was a bit disappointed, however, that this movie failed to make me laugh out loud, only succeeding in forcing a faint chuckle. While nice for a Friday night in front of the tube, I recommend its sister movie, Hot Fuzz, more than this one.
This movie never ceases to amaze me whenever I watch it. Every time , even though I know what is going to happen I laugh and laugh anyway. The chemistry between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is just astounding that they seem to get along so well together outside of the movie, and that really adds to their characters. I think that this is one of the funniest movies of all time, but I like at the end the movie makes a gearshift and it turns into a caring sweet movie. Also, the relationship between Kate Ashfield and Simon Pegg is great too, I think this movie has one of the best portrayals of a break-up in any movie to date. The way they illustrate the sadness, and his turn to start drinking because of the break-up. One of my favorite things about this movie is the arguments between everybody. Pete and Ed, Shaun and Ed, everything. If you like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, you can find them in Hot Fuzz, and in their first acting gigs, in a T.V. show called Spaced. I liked this movie and I hope you do to.
Shaun of the Dead is another one that I have recently bought because I really needed to see what all the hype was about. And it did not disappoint. To be honest, I was expecting a little bit more out of it, but nevertheless, it was a fine movie. As far as zombie movies go, I think this is my fourth favorite. Aftet Zombieland, 28 Days Later, and Dawn of the Dead. Yes, that's right. Zombieland is my favorite zombie movie.

Despite Shaun of the Dead's loyal fanbase, I am going out on a limb, and saying that Zombieland is the best zombie comedy. But that is in no way saying that I did not like Shaun of the Dead, because I did. It has everything I would expect from any normal scary zombie movie, with a healthy dosage of laughs that would be sufficient for a comedy.

The main reason we all watch zombie movies is for the gore. There's nothing quite as satisfying in film today as watching the walking dead get half of their head blown off by a shotgun. I also want to add that there were a few times when I actually got a little scared. Not piss-in-my-pants scared, but scared enough. This movie serves as a pretty decent horror film as well.

But of course that's not all there is to Shaun of the Dead. It is pretty funny. The comedy aspect covers the first half of the film, then there is a stretch where it is focussed primarily on its horror side. Then finally, after all the zombie drama slows down, it jumps right back into comedy mode. It was actually refreshing to see a movie that successfully shifts moods like this one.

My review would not be complete if I did not mention the performances. My first encounter with the genius that is Simon Pegg was Star Trek. That's definitely not a bad first impression either. He is the driving force of this entire opperation. Without him, there is not much redeeming value in the movie. Still, I did like his co-star, Nick Frost as Ed. That guy is funny. Nuff said. I was also pleasantly surprised to see my favorite vampire, Bill Nighly.

So, in conclusion, if Shaun of the Dead proves nothing else, what it does show us is that the Brittish know how to do comedy. And, I guess horror too. It is well deserving of its cult status.
this movie rocks. it really does. It really puts a new spin on the Zombie Horror genre. what I really like about this movie is that it is downright hilarious and it also has just enough flinch worthy gore. This movie provides endless amounts of laughter and a just overall sense of silly fun that most comedies of this day and age just fail to capture. I have a blast watching this movie. It was new and inventive and just kept the laughs rolling. A perfect comedy.
Great cult film and I really like Simon Pegg.
Funny film. Simon Pegg is great in it.
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