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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Studio:Edgar Wright
Director:Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton
Screen Writer:Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton
Genre:Comedy, Horror

Opens Sept. 24.

By Bret McCabe | Posted 9/22/2004

Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later reinvented the zombie movie, but his countrymen are kings and queens of taking the piss out of everything sacred. Enter Shaun of the Dead, a nonstop horror grin. Shaun (comic actor and co-screenwriter Simon Pegg) is a stereotypically slack lad working a dead-end job whose pot-smoking, vid-playing slob of a best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), raises a stink with his uptight flatmate and Shaun’s girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who summarily dumps him because all they do is head to the local pub, the Winchester. All of a sudden an unspecified plague turns Londoners into flesh-eating undead that, according to Shaun’s friend Yvonne (Jessica Stevenson), meander despondently, “like a drunk who’s lost a bet.” Armed with a cricket bat and a spade, Shaun and Ed head out to scoop up Shaun’s mum, Liz and her roommates, and repair to the Winchester—a secure place where they can smoke—to wait out the siege. Pegg and director Edgar Wright’s perfectly pitched horror-comedic touch wrings jokes out British manners and genre conventions, and though Shaun doesn’t reach Dead-Alive heights (e.g., nobody kicks ass for the lord), any flick that includes the two pissed leads doing an a cappella “White Lines” with zombie accompaniment knows how to bring the funny.

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