Shaun of the Dead
In this movie, you’ll see pretty much every British actor ever,
Creative use of a cricket bat,
And, well, a whole lot of zombies.
That’s because it’s a zombie movie. If “comedy-horror” sounds like your cup of tea, then watch Edgar Wright’s 2006 movie Shaun of the Dead. If it does not sound like your cup of tea then you should probably watch it anyway, you narrow-minded ass.
The film is one of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy, the other two being Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, which will come out later this year. In each movie, a character buys a Cornetto icecream. If that’s not an arbitrary naming process then I don’t know what is.
All three star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, actual married couple.
I lied. They’re not married. But they should be.
Though Shaun of the Dead is a mostly-comedic parody of zombie films, it is still, ultimately, a zombie film. There will be blood. Don’t watch it with your toddler.
Simon Pegg plays Shaun, a salesman who’s in a bit of a rut. He doesn’t get along with his stepfather Phillip and his roommate hates his best friend, Ed (Nick Frost). His relationship with his girlfriend Liz is falling apart – they never get to spend time alone because either Ed or her flatmates are always around.
After Shaun forgets to book a table for their anniversary, Liz finally dumps him. Heartbroken and exhausted after a night of heavy drinking, he goes about his daily routine. Something is a bit…off. Shaun is too hungover to notice.
I think I can say for certain that this is one of the only movies where the main character is completely oblivious to the fact that the zombie apocalypse is happening around him. Realistically, that’s probably exactly how it’d go down – I’d hide in my room for a hardcore Netflix marathon, and emerge three days later only to realize that everyone I know and love has been devoured by the undead.
Shaun and Ed only realize what is happening after watching a news report on TV. The report is confirmed when a zombie attacks their house. They fend it off a bit unconventionally.
Shaun calls his mom, who reveals that her husband Phillip has been bitten. Shaun and Ed decide that the house isn’t safe, and make a plan to collect Shaun’s mother, kill Phillip, get Liz and her flatmates, and then go to their favourite (and heavily fortified) bar, the Winchester.
But Shaun’s flatmate Eric has been turned into a zombie – and he’s inside the house. Thus follows the single best reaction to a zombie in the history of anything.
Zombies turn Simon Pegg into a distraught Southern lady.
Shaun of the Dead is probably one of the finest pieces of British cinema. It is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for and won numerous awards, including several BAFTAs. Aside from the brilliant screenplay and clever comedy, what really makes this movie shine is the friendship of Shaun and Ed – and the fact that it mirrors the real life friendship between Pegg and Frost. Bromance truly can conquer anything.
And remember, in the event of a zombie apocalypse: