[Review] Shaun of the Dead

Autobot meets Batman...

Happy Halloween, folks!

This was Cinematic Delight’s attempt to get into the Halloween spirit: pumpkins carved in the shapes of Batman’s symbol and the Autobot symbol. I carved Batman’s logo as I thought I’d go for a classic, recognisable symbol instead of a scary face. I didn’t want to scare myself now, did I? Shaun chose to the Autobot logo as apparently it was easier than the Decepticon one..!

As you may be aware, I’m not the biggest horror fan. As I wrote over at Top 10 Films in my post about John Carpenter’s The Thing, I enjoy films with a Gothic element, where everything is not what it seems. Granted I may sleep with the light on for a few nights, but I’d much rather watch that than the Scream series of films or the Saw franchise. I enjoy the lure of castles, crypts and coffins rather than blood and gore.

I also enjoy comedy-horrors, of which my favourite has to be Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Kate Ashfield

IMDb: ” A man (Simon Pegg) 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.”

There is much to enjoy about this film. Pegg and Frost are a fantastic double act as Shaun and Ed, and their motley crew of survivors are brilliant. It’s a zombie flick for the average man: would this film have worked with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in Pegg and Frost’s roles? I don’t think so. Pegg and Frost aren’t your stereotypical action heroes, and that’s what makes this film so brilliant.

I’m sure it’s something that we’ve all jokingly talked about before: what would you do if zombies attacked? Castor over at Anomalous Material recently posted Zombie Apocalypse: What Would You Do? My choice would be to go to a castle or stately home. They’re normally full of weapons and have been standing for decades. Shaun and Ed’s plan? Pick up Shaun’s mum, go get his ex-girlfriend and then go to The Winchester, their local pub, and wait till it all blows over. Sounds a good plan, right?

Shaun of the Dead is a well-written, exciting film that showcases Pegg, Frost and co perfectly. To be honest, what could be more British than going to a pub? Well, perhaps going to the pub and drinking tea!

★★★★★

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16 thoughts on “[Review] Shaun of the Dead”

  1. Great review Claire, I just put together my own take on the film.

    Speaking of Halloween – the event not the film – I went to the door earlier thinking it was my sister who was picking up a bottle of gin. So there I am, gin in hand, answering the door ready to hand it over and low and behold I’m met by four two and a half foot tall girls dressed up as witches. They must have been six or seven years old, two mums stood behind them, and me stood at the door holding a bottle of gin out to them! Thankfully I had some Mikyway Stars hidden just behind the door to hand out.

    1. Thanks, Dan. I’ll head over and check your post out soon.

      Haha, I’m not sure the kids would have appreciated the gin but the mums might have! I’m sure a group of excitable children is hard work 😛

      My pumpkin wasn’t too bad but Shaun’s took him 50 minutes. It was his second attempt, too!

  2. I’m not a horror fan at all, Claire, but I quite enjoyed this one. That CD-throwing part is quite a hoot.

    Btw, I’m about to post my Halloween post, it’s not horror-related but it’s a topic I think you’ll like 🙂

    1. That part is very funny! I like it when they bump into Shaun’s friend and her bunch of survivors are identical to his – the partner, the mother, the dramatic friend… It’s a very good film!

  3. Oh God. I cannot praise Edgar Wright’s work enough. The man is a genius. His films (and TV shows) are all nothing short of magnificent, and SHAUN OF THE DEAD is an absolute must. Fantastic, fantastic film.

  4. Nice pumpkins! Good to share your love for movies!

    Never saw Shaun of the Dead as I’m not a big horror fan, but seeing that people who don’t like the genre liked it I guess I should also give it a chance…

  5. Hi, Claire and company:

    Good looking intricate knife and Dremel Tool work on the pumpkins!

    ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ is kind of over the top at times while maintaining a pretty decent flick. Rightfully put Edgar Wright on the map.

    Still lean more towards the US answer to Wright’s film. ‘Dead & Breakfast’ from the same year.. Less family oriented. More drawn out gags with Jeremy Sisto, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and a killer theme song.

    1. Thanks for the tip, Jack, I’ll have to look that one up. I haven’t seen much with Jeffrey Dean Morgan though I liked him in Watchmen and The Losers.

      The pumpkins took quite a while but it was worth it!

  6. Ahah thanks for the AM link Claire! I must say I didn’t find Shaun of the Dead all that funny the first time I saw it but it has grown on me over the years. Nice review of the movie 😀

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