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Part 1 Of The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy In The Horror genre, there's been a few good zombie comedies. Return Of The Living Dead and Army Of Darkness are probably the most famous titles to grave the genre. Shaun Of The Dead is by the best Zombie Comedy since. What makes the film so good is Simon Pegg and Nick Frosts antics on screen. Especially Nick Frost as Ed. he is just hilarious. Shaun of The Dead can easily be seen as the best Zombie Comedy since Army Of Darkness and Return Of The Living Dead because the humour and horror elements are blended together very well to create a unique film with plenty of laugh yet enough horror elements to please the regular comedy viewer and the die-hard zombie fan. The script is very well crafted and the film is clever, witty, and over the top funny. Watching this film is a blast and will guarantee a great time. Shaun and Ed are the main characters, and they try to survive in a local pub during an apocalyptic zombie outbreak. This film is a treasure and the cast does a phenomenal job with a terrific script and story. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are always a pleasure to watch on screen, and Shaun Of The Dead proves it. Shaun Of The Dead is a real treat to watch with family and friends, and is a good film to watch during the Halloween season. Many laughs and scares will abound in this latest zombie comedy genre, and therefore is another addition to the very short list of the best zombie comedies ever made. The film should appeal to every horror fan, as this has all the elements of a good horror film and elements of a good comedy film. Edgar Wright has done a marvelous job at crafting something great here, and Shaun Of The Dead remains one of three most memorable British Horror films. Definitely one of the best horror films in the last ten years. Sam Raimi and Dan O'Bannon would be proud. Considering that this film has George A. Romero's stamp of approval, it should be enough for you to give this a look if you still haven't. Its A 10 Star Zombie Masterpiece!!
I LOVE THIS FILM. it is one of my favourite films of all time. I've
watched this film A lot of times and I'm still not bored of it. for
zombie film fans (like my self) , this film is full to the brim of
references to so many amazing zombie film , wick makes it even more
enjoyable. it is, in my opinion, (to spite what the haters say) is very
well scripted. the acting is excellent, the editing is spectacular, and
its laugh out loud funny. this also has elements of a Rom-Com too,
giving the film a perfect balance of horror, comedy, and romance,
making it a good all-round film.
the two main actors work well together Simon Pegg & Nick Frost are an extremely funny comedy duo. the film is directed by one of my favourite directors, Edgar Wright who has worked with Pegg and frost many times now, on thing like the TV show spaced and the film hot fuzz (witch I also love)
the only negative thing I would say is that some of its brilliance mite be lost, for people who don't get the references, but do not lit that stop you it is, even with a lack of prior knowledge is a great film, also this is a cult film so this would be, to be expected. worth a watch, if you love classic zombie films or not. 10 out of 10.
What to say about this movie. Shaun of the Dead is one of the funniest comedies if not one of the funniest movies I have seen in such a long time. What makes this movie different from other films in its genre, is that their are zombies added to the mix. I especially like the way the characters behave when they are trying to figure out how they are going to survive while their home city is infested with zombies. The acting, special effects and make-up is just brilliant. Simon Pegg really knows how to act and he plays his role very well and with a lot of conviction. I like how his character is portrayed as a slacker and a very unreliable person, namely to his girlfriend who dumps him as a result, and gets his but off the couch and tries to save his friends from a zombie apocalypse. Shaun of the Dead is a fun movie.
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If this were an American film,I might not have liked it as much so it was natural that it was a British film.Shaun of the Dead follows the story of a man named Shaun(Simon Pegg) who is your typical loser who's life is going nowhere.Parallel to that,a plague is happening and it turns a lot of people into zombies and Shaun has to deal with his own problems and the zombie one at the same time.The film boasts a humorous support cast including Nick Frost,Dylan Moran and Bill Nighy among others.The rest of the cast help set up Simon Pegg to be one of the best upcoming funny men around which in my view is pivotal to this film's success.On another good note,it beats having to watch another annoying American comedy when there is one available in your own backyard.To wrap it all up,bloody fantastic.
There is so many great things you can say about Shaun of the Dead. This
film is funny, scary and at times heartbreaking. The cast and director
really played every angle perfectly. They gave you characters you
actually gave a damn about, and a story that was entertaining.
I have truly never laughed so hard in my life, and the comedic genius of both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is outstanding, not too mention how well they play off each other. Having been a fan of British comedy for 10+ years I had always thought there would never be a film to come close to funny as Holy grail, now here we have Shaun of the Dead and it is as funny if not funnier than any of the Monty Python stuff out there.
I will say I am ashamed to admit I just only recently watched this film, and it was only because I found Hot Fuzz to be a really great film and the poster mentioned it was from the guys whom did Shaun of the Dead. Well After seeing Shaun I can safely say Shaun is definitely the better of the two films, but Hot Fuzz is very enjoyable.
I am not a spoiler type person, but I highly suggest you check this film out and if you don't get any of the three emotions I mentioned above then you are a shut-in whom should be banned from ever watching another film in the history of cinema.
Like a veritable color wheel of human emotions, Shaun of the Dead is a
comedy that covers all the ground and then some. I was simply stunned
how moved I was by a movie that made me laugh this hard. This is no
over-hyped special edition DVD movie the guy at Blockbuster says
changed film. This film shoots neither over your head nor under it.
That isn't to say it's low-brow, it is sublimely clever. But it isn't
smug and content with itself as a film, and yet it doesn't desperately
attempt to entertain. It comes across not like watching Jim Carrey, who
always tries to be everything to his audience, but instead is like Bill
Cosby. Cosby could hold hundreds in an auditorium captive with laughter
for hours, and you might find yourself in a similar state after
Am I over-hyping this film? What I've said above is like somebody saying "Mozart was just a musician". The absolute greatness of this film cannot be overstated. Is it gory? Hell yes. Is it bleak? At times. Is it British-style humor? Yes, and with a "U" if you really want to be accurate! This movie is everything it wants to be and more. You may find yourself crying at this film, you may find yourself laughing uncontrollably. You may be frightened to your core. It is really, really, really good. Best ever? No. But guaranteed not to disappoint.
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30 years ago the first Monty Python movie appeared in cinemas and Was one of the funniest British movies ever, The group released 2 more films before stopping after Graham Chapman died. So for more than 20 years Britain has been waiting for a movie to revamp its Comedy image, and here it is. This will be a short summary with some spoilers in. Firstly this film is Brilliantly funny, I'm 14 and understood all the jokes, they come out at you when you least expect it, almost like an episode of FAMILY GUY. Secondly, Yes, this film is gory (SPOILER) but the only scene of a high nature is when David gets Ripped limb from limb. The homages are brilliant, which is what you would expect Comic genius and Film fanatic Simon Pegg. I cannot recommend this movie enough. First there was night, then dawn, then Day now there is SHAUN!! ENJOY!!
This has to be a one off film as i don't think i have ever seen
anything quite like it. Those expecting a spoof expect to be
disappointed as this is a witty original comedy.
The idea for this movie was when Simon Pegg wondered what zombie films would have been had they been set in Hackney, and the results prove they would have been hilarious.
The plot is simple, Shaun is a loser!! After losing his girlfriend the end of the world is nigh, unless he can save them and kick some zombie butt. The cast are all superb in this film as it wallows its way through London to try to get to the pub.
Pegg is excellent as Shaun, our have a go hero, yet he still kept most of the best lines for Nick Frost (Ed) Peggs real life best friend. The other cast members all do great jobs too, Kate Ashfield (Liz) plays a straight role to a likable enough degree, Dylan Moran (David) is excellent with his sh*t eating grin as Liz dumps Shaun. Lucy Davies (Di) also does a great job with you feeling such sympathy for her just for the look on the girls face. Last but not least Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton are as excellent as ever, as i think we all expect from them, as Shauns Mom and Step Father.
The film pays homage to lots of great horror films with slight references to everything from Halloween to An American werewolf in London. But what impressed me the most with this film was the way it stuck to the George Romero zombie flicks, without ever trying to dull it down. The gorefest is exactly what you expect from a zombie film and even though this is a comedy it stays true to the zombie genre. I was also happy that the zombies moved like zombies and not like the running idiots from the dawn of the dead remake, i feel that the slow movement gives a creepier edge to the zombies that modern zombie flicks have lost.
I feel that the hard work of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright deserve to go down in history as a zombie film you should not be ashamed to own.
An instant cult classic Happy Viewing
A Man by his late twenties, a slacker by the name of Shaun (Simon Pegg)
has a dead end job, a lazy best friend (Nick Frost) and demanding but
cute girlfriend (Kate Ashfield), who wants more from Shaun. When his
girlfriend brakes up with him, Shaun and his buddy went drinking. Then
one morning, the world has changed and the dead are coming back to life
and attacking the living. Now Shaun and his buddy has to save Shaun's
ex-girlfriend, Shaun's parents (Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton) and His
ex-girlfriend's friends (Lucy Davis and Dylan Moran). Thinking that
they are safe in a local pub but they are dead wrong.
Directed by Edgar Whight made a winning black comedy with moments of horror and scares. Comical Performances by Pegg and Frost are excellent in the film. Co-Writer/Director:Whight and Co-Writer/Actor:Pegg pays a loving tribute to George A. Romero's Living Dead films. This was a Box Office Hit in Europe. It played well in North America at the Box Office at the Art-House Circuit.
DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an strong-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD Features are two running commentary tracks by the filmmakers and cast. DVD also has Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Featurettes and more. This is a Critically Acclamed Horror Comedy that is a sure fire hit. One of the most original Horror Comedy since Sam Raimi's Evil Dead Trilogy and Dan O'Bannon's Return of the Living Dead. Do not miss this unexpectedly original film. One of the best movies of 2004. Super 35. (**** ½/*****).
After hearing all of the buzz online about Shaun of the Dead and seeing
the Dawn of the Dead remake earlier in the year and enjoying it (though
it had nothing to do with or was nowhere near as good as Romero's Dead
films, including Land of the Dead), I had extremely high expectations.
Needless to say, it far exceeded my expectations. Shaun of the Dead is
a fantastic movie.
First off, you will enjoy the film more if you like British humor, like Monty Python or Mr. Bean. This is not saying you won't enjoy it if you don't like British humor, but you may not find some of the jokes funny.
The characters are great. Simon Pegg is perfect as Shaun and looks good sporting the white shirt and red tie. Nick Frost is laid back as Ed and pulls it of wonderfully. The always useful Bill Nighy gives a great supporting performance as Shaun's step-dad. All of the other characters are perfect in their roles as well, especially Liz and Pete.
The comic genius of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright is exactly that: genius. The film has so many hilariously funny parts, especially whenever Shaun and Ed encounter zombies. The way they deal with them is gut-bustingly funny. There's great dialogue between the characters, especially between Shaun and Ed, who are obviously friends in real life. I won't give away any of the jokes, you've got to watch it for yourself. The likable characters play off of one another so well that it makes the film ten times better. The film also has many amusing and much appreciated nods to Romero's Dead films. When they talk to Shaun's mom on the phone, listen to what Ed says before they hang up. Being a big fan of Romero's Dead films and horror movies in general, I was laughing at things most people didn't get.
Once the dead rise, Shaun of the Dead becomes an effective zombie movie, but still retains its comedic elements. The zombies themselves are very well done. These are the 'shambling' zombie variety, which I prefer because I find them scarier. The scenes when Ed and Shaun are driving through London are excellent, displaying chaos and lots of zombies (I loved the ambulance zombie, very clever). My favorite scene in the entire film is when Shaun walks to Nelson's shop after the zombies have risen. The movie showcases some top-notch gore, with some chunky zombie bites, messy headshots, and a scene where one character gets ripped in half and eaten. If you're a gore-hound like me, you won't be disappointed. Yummy!
Finally, I loved the music. Edgar Wright utilized some of Goblin's original music from the original Dawn of the Dead throughout the film. It worked well with the film and was a nice nod to Romero. The music through the rest of the film ranges from British pop/rock to Queen and it works perfectly.
The Bottom Line:
A side-splittingly funny zombie movie with some nice gore and excellent nods to George A. Romero. Shaun of the Dead is the perfect Rom-Zom-Com (romantic zombie comedy).
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