Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Composers: Dan Mudford, Pete Woodhead

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran, Martin Freeman, Matt Lucas, Julia Davis, Mark Gatiss, David Walliams, Edgar Wright

More info: IMDb

Tagline: It's just one of those days when you're feeling a little...dead.

Plot: Life isn't too good for Shaun (Pegg). He lives with his best friend Ed (Frost), neglects his girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) and despises his step-dad (Nighy). When Liz dumps Shaun, he vows to get his life back on track. Unfortunatly, this is the day that the dead has decided to come back to life. With a cricket bat and Ed by his side, Shaun sets out to rescue those he loves and those he doesn't love, and heads to the safest place he knows...the Winchester.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

While this doesn't work so much as a horror film (it's not trying to be all that scary), it works wonderfully well as a comedy with a horror backdrop.  It's also funny in its own right regardless of the setting.  The cast, writing, direction, et al are equally fun.  It's not so much as a spoof, although they do have fun with zombie tropes, it's just a well-crafted comedy that's going for more than just a funny flick, it's a good movie period.

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