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Shaun of the Dead
Directed by Edgar Wright
Cast and Characters
Simon Pegg ... Shaun
Kate Ashfield ... Liz
Nick Frost ... Ed
Lucy Davis ... Dianne
Dylan Moran ... David

Shaun is having many problems in life. His long-time girlfriend has dumped him due to their almost-daily expedition to Shaun's favorite pub, the Winchester. His temporary management job isn't going well at Foree Electronics, with his subordinates not even giving him the time of day. His deadbeat flatmates, Pete and Ed, are at each others' throats. And, oh yeah, London is overrun with multitudes of zombies. In the midst of this, he must save himself, Ed, his ex, his mom, and his precious record collection. There is a time when a hero must rise...from his couch.

RATING: 5 buckets, baby.
REVIEW: Shaun of the Dead is my second favorite movie of all time. It is funny, funny, funny, but it's not a silly comedy, it's not predictable in its predictability, and that's why it works. Sure, it's the old "boy loves girl, boy loses girl, boy tries to get girl back" but WITH ZOMBIES. I was never a fan of zombies before, but this movie made me like them. Funny stuff! I'm giving all the credit to Simon Pegg, of course, because he's just made of awesome, so everything he does is a-okay in my book. But back on track, SotD is one of those movies that doesn't show much when it starts but then you watch it and it does make you laugh! There are references to movies and tv shows, to silly friend moments and to real life things. If you liked Hot Fuzz, and I did, watch this one, you'll love it. (Team Shaun!)
FAV SCENE: The gang at the Winchester, fighting back zombies to Queen's "Can't Stop Me Now".
FAV QUOTE: "Get fucked, four-eyes!"

RATING: 4.5 buckets
REVIEW: The great thing about Shaun of the Dead (despite being utterly hilarious, charming and smart) is that it's utterly believeable. As another one of the lumbering retail slaves I found a kinship with Shaun... and I found myself laughing uproariously at the scenes that I could imagine most happening if zombies ever decided to walk the earth. The characters, and dialogue, are funny, endearing and memorable. Hard to imagine in all that hilarity it actually somehow continues to be a horror film, and pretty darn creepy. Shaun of the Dead is a fantastic movie and I can't wait to see it again.

- Many of the Zombie extras are fans of the TV series "Spaced" (1999), which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and was also directed by Edgar Wright. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan web site to be in the film.
- When Shaun, Liz, David, Dianne, Barbara and Ed run into the alternative 'gang' as they make their way to the Winchester, there are quite a few comedy partnerships brought together again. Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson - Tim and Daisy from "Spaced" (1999). Lucy Davis and Martin Freeman - Dawn and Tim from "The Office" (2001). Dylan Moran and Tamsin Greig - Bernard and Fran from "Black Books" (2000). Julia Deakin and Nick Frost are, of course, in Spaced too, as Marsha and Mike respectively.
- John and Bernie run the Winchester. These are the real names of the landlord and landlady who used to run Simon Pegg's local pub, the Shepherds in Highgate. John used to make toasted sandwiches for regulars, hence the reference to "the Breville out back." Pegg and Nick Frost were regular attendees of the Shepherd's Thursday night quiz, hence the line "we do the quiz" when Shaun is knocking on the Winchester's door. Chris Martin of Coldplay, who plays a zombie in the film, also used to attend quiz night.
- Frequent references are made to Big Al's claim that dogs can't look up. This is a reference to the commentary to the second series of "Spaced" (1999) in which Simon Pegg (Shaun) and Edgar Wright talk about Nick Frost (Ed)'s claim that the difficulty in shooting a scene with a dog was due to the fact that dogs can't look up.
- Shaun berates Ed for calling the creatures zombies (which they are, of course). This may be referring to the fact that many zombie movies (including Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Resident Evil (2002)) never mention the word "zombie" at all. More likely this is a reference to Danny Boyle, director of 28 Days Later... (2002), and his insistence that it isn't a zombie movie.

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