December 18, 2010

Shaun of the Dead (Zombie Classic)

On the sixth day of zombie, my true love gave to me.....

     6 cricket bats a-swinging
                   5 voodoo slaves.
                   4 green syringes,
                   3 eye gougings,
                   2-4-5 Trioxin,
                   and a Sumatran rat-monkey.


Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost

SYNOPSIS: Shaun needs to get his life together. He's stuck in a dead-end job, his girlfriend has dumped him, and his best friend is a slob. To make matters worse, there are zombies outside his door ready to eat his flesh. In order to win back his girl, grow up, and reclaim his life, he'll have to survive the hordes of the undead first. On days like these, we all deserve a pint.


Ed: Any zombies out there?
Shaun: Don't say that!
Ed: What?
Shaun: That!
Ed: What?
Shaun: The zed-word. Don't say it!
Ed: Why not?
Shaun: Because it's ridiculous!

BEST SCENE: A drunken Shaun and Ed leave the Winchester Tavern singing "White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash and Melee Mel. At a crucial part in the song, a zombie off in the distance joins in.

CLASSIC STATUS: Shaun of the Dead seemed to become a classic zombie film almost overnight once it hit audiences in North America. Superbly funny and witty, chock full of clever references to zombie films past and present, sporting a unique soundtrack, and succeeding as a genuine romantic comedy in its own right, Shaun of the Dead propelled Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost to fame in North America. Six years later, Shaun of the Dead is still highly quotable and has proven to be the gateway film into zombie movies for many younger viewers who were unfamiliar with George A. Romero's trinity that is so lovingly referenced in Shaun of the Dead. Even George A. Romero himself was so impressed by the film he took to wearing a Shaun of the Dead button on his trademark vest. For introducing more fans to zombies, for getting its zombie elements right, and for being genuinely clever and full of genuinely funny characters, Shaun of the Dead is a modern zombie classic whose influence we'll be feeling for decades to come.