Shaun of the Dead

Synopsis: A smash hit romantic comedy. With zombies.

Get ready for a gut-busting, bone-mashing good time in the hilarious horror comedy, Shaun Of The Dead.

There comes a day in every man’s life when he has to get off the couch…and kill some zombies. When flesh-eating zombies are on the hunt for a bite to eat, it’s up to slacker Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best pal to save their friends and family from becoming the next entree. Satisfy your bloodthirsty appetite with the movie that masters of horror and film critics alike are hailing as the funniest and scariest movie of the year. Novelist Stephen King gushes “it’s a 10 on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic.” and Newsweek calls Shaun Of The Dead “a bloody hoot!” It’s a screamingly hilarious zomedy that will have you dying with laughter.
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Shaun of the Dead 7.5

In what amounts to a career-launching turn, Simon Pegg takes the lead in this zombie-laden action-comedy about a couple of roommates who suddenly have to contend with an epidemic that sweeps London – a crisis that results in the death and subsequent morbid reanimation of most of the population!

The movie starts off as a comedy, commenting on the soul-sucking drudgery of modern life and being goofy all at once, but it eventually turns into a story of survival. That’s when the tone changes – and rightfully so. But that’s also unfortunate. Granted, humour is still injected at that point, but sparsely so, and halfway through the film the story is much more about what the characters and their loved ones must do to escape the clutches of the undead and than about gags and larfs.

Essentially, there is drama, suspense, romance, comedy, action, horror sprinkled about across this film – so it has a lot to offer the viewer. But make no mistake: this one’s got a bit of a bite! And when the zombies come out, the scenes (along with the humour!), can get a bit grisly.

‘Shaun of the Dead’ may be slightly over-rated, but it is largely a very good movie and deserves its cult status. My only beef is with the tone of it – I would have liked a bit more humour along the way (without turning it into camp, either!). Still, it’s a solid film with a lot of entertainment value.

2 responses to “Shaun of the Dead

    • Still? Wow… I’m impressed. Must be something about smashing zombie brains, right? 🙂 What do you think of the other films they made together?

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