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Shaun of the Dead

  • 2004
  • R
  • 99min
  • 92%
  • 7.9 / 10

Shaun, played by Simon Pegg, is a slacker salesman at an electronics store who is just floating through life from day to day. His girlfriend Liz, played by Kate Ashfield, breaks up with him after he fails to get dinner reservations , and they end up at the pub they always go to. He and roommate Ed, played by Nick Frost, party and drink all night in an attempt to drown their sorrows. In the morning, unbeknownst to the slow-to-realize Shaun and Ed, the zombie apocalypse has overtaken London.

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The zombies in this film, unlike many other works of the genre, are slow moving and lethargic. In an attempt to explain the decision to portray the zombies in this manner, Simon Pegg quipped to an interviewer that “death is not an energy drink.” The film contains several references to zombie films of the past, including George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. At one point, Ed exclaims “we’re coming to get you, Barbara” in a non-threatening manner, which is a line directly lifted from Romero’s film.


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Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. Wright also directs while Pegg stars in the film alongside Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, and Lucy Davis. The film was released on April 9, 2004, in the United Kingdom and a couple months later in the United States on September 24 to massive critical acclaim. It made $30 million against a production budget of $6.1 million. It holds a 92% certified fresh rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic has assigned it a score of 76 out of 100. The film propelled Wright and Pegg into the mainstream and is the first in an unconnected Three Flavours of Cornetto Trilogy.

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