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Movie Review - Shaun of the Dead (2004 – Great Britain)

Updated on May 30, 2012

Funny & scary at the same time

Shaun of the Dead somehow manages to be twisted and hilarious and thought provoking and ultimately even oddly poignant—an unexpectedly wonderful film!

The running gags hold the plot together as things go from bad to worse to just plain dreadful for the unexpectedly-plucky and extremely unlikely hero, a thirty-something, decidedly low-rung slacker named Shaun (Simon Pegg), who rises to the occasion when faced with a delightfully unexplained rash of zombification taking over his working-class 'hood. He and his erstwhile girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield) and best mate Ed (Nick Frost) band together to fight off the relentless hoard of zombies and save themselves and Shaun’s not-as-clueless-as-she-seems mum (Penelope Wilton), which inevitably leads to a standoff of epic proportions at the pub.

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The special effects are very good, which translates to mean that this is a very gory film, albeit the humor softens the harshness of the blood and guts. There is also an unexpected sweetness to the satire, which helps it cut less, and tickle more. It's especially welcome to discover one need not be a fan of horror genre to enjoy this picture, all one needs is a sense of humor and a willingness to go along for the ride.

Very highly recommended.

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

(I am an artist and the author of the Suburban Sprawl series of novels as well as two nonfiction books. Find out more about my work at


Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Rated: R

Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.

In Theaters: Sep 24, 2004

On DVD: Dec 21, 2004

Box Office: $13.5M

Distributor: Focus Features

Directed By: Edgar Wright

Written By: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright


Simon Pegg - Shaun

Kate Ashfield - Liz

Nick Frost - Ed

Lucy Davis - Dianne

Penelope Wilton - Barbara (mum)

Dylan Moran - David

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Do you have a favorite movie in which zombies are a large part in the story? If so, please use the Comment box to let me know......

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Thanks, I love this movie as well!

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      DougBerry 5 years ago from Abilene, TX

      I love this movie. Voted up and useful.