Shaun of the Dead

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It's often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for likable, lovelorn loser Shaun Simon Pegg, that moment of reckoning came when the dead rose from their slumber to feast on the flesh of the living. A hapless electronics store employee who spends most of his spare time downing pints at the local pub with his roommate, Ed Nick Frost, Shaun's life seems to fall apart when he is dumped by his girlfriend, Liz Kate Ashfield, and his obnoxious stepfather, Philip Bill ...
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It's often said that the true character of a man is only revealed in times of dire crisis, and for likable, lovelorn loser Shaun Simon Pegg, that moment of reckoning came when the dead rose from their slumber to feast on the flesh of the living. A hapless electronics store employee who spends most of his spare time downing pints at the local pub with his roommate, Ed Nick Frost, Shaun's life seems to fall apart when he is dumped by his girlfriend, Liz Kate Ashfield, and his obnoxious stepfather, Philip Bill Nighy, shows up to berate him for not being more attentive to his caring mother Barbara Penelope Wilton -- especially since he forgot to send flowers for her birthday. Things take a turn for the worse when the dead return to stake their claim on the Earth, and though the chaos that follows threatens to swallow up all of England, it's up to Shaun to keep his cool and prove himself once and for all by successfully rescuing Liz and his mother. With his trusty roommate by his side, nothing -- not even the living dead -- can stand between Shaun and the two most important women in his life.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The title of this British-made black comedy gives everything away: Shaun is a cheeky send-up of zombie movies in general and George Romero's Dawn of the Dead in particular. Whereas the Romero film largely took place in a shopping mall, Shaun centers around the working-class pub where the eponymous protagonist played with self-deprecating charm by Simon Pegg and his best friend, Ed Nick Frost, spend virtually all their spare time -- much to the chagrin of Shaun's girlfriend, Liz Kate Ashfield, who gives the underachieving store clerk his walking papers just before a mysterious malady turns newly deceased villagers into bloodthirsty zombies. Gathering his sweetie, his mother, and some of his friends into the pub, Shaun demonstrates his mettle by mounting a spirited if ineffective defense against the ghoulish horde. Director Edgar Wright elicits lots of laughs by exploiting zombie lore to create farcical situations. For example, he has Shaun and Ed defend themselves against approaching zombies by flinging vintage record albums at their heads. Everyone knows that's a zombie's most vulnerable spot. And since the shuffling ex-cadavers move so sluggishly, the pals have just enough time to debate a record's merits before deciding whether to fling it. But Shaun isn't an Airplane-like spoof: Instead of parading an endless series of gags, it mixes mirth and mayhem cleverly, generating real suspense and even some pathos. The gore effects, principally inserted for laughs, are well done and convincing enough to pass the gross-out test, and the performers manage the neat trick of being humorous while remaining in character; no need to lose one's sense of humor just because one has been selected as the blue-plate special for a gaggle of gaping, flesh-eating zombies.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Shaun of the Dead is an uproarious romantic zombie comedy that amazingly lives up to each of those genres in a fully respectable and entertaining way. With a return to the type of George Romero zombie logic that many genre throwbacks around this time threw out the window in favor of super sped-up monster attacks (see Dawn of the Dead remake or the laughably bad House of the Dead for reference), Shaun embraces the lumbering menace these type of undead creatures originally possessed, though the filmmakers aren't too afraid to poke their noses at it from time to time. With a hilarious cast headed by co-writer/director Simon Pegg (who along with co-director Edgar Wright created the hit U.K. television series Spaced), this tale of gory suburban survival is brought to life by a lively bunch of characters that each bring their own classic moments to the screen. Wonderful as well are the touching scenes that come out of nowhere and punch the viewer square in the gut just when they were least expecting it -- something incredibly rare in the horror comedy world and a direct result of a shrewd script and the gusto performances that pull them off. With scene after scene of inspired comic setups by a brilliant ensemble cast along with heaps of the red stuff when needed, Shaun of the Dead lives up to its near-unanimous hype and adds its very own touch to the world of gut-munching cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2004
  • UPC: 096896281937
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Simon Pegg Shaun
Kate Ashfield Liz
Nick Frost Ed
Dylan Moran David
Lucy Davis Dianne
Penelope Wilton Barbara
Bill Nighy Phillip
Peter Serafinowicz Pete
Jessica Stevenson Yvonne
Mark Donovan
Krishnan Guru-Murthy Himself
Rafe Spall
Finola Geraghty
Technical Credits
Edgar Wright Director, Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Litza Bixtier Choreography
Herbert Chappell Songwriter
Chris Dickens Editor
David M. Dunlap Cinematographer
Paul Dunn Special Effects Supervisor
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Annie Hardinge Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Jina Jay Casting
Daniel Mudford Score Composer
Alison Owen Executive Producer
Nira Park Producer
Simon Pegg Screenwriter
Marcus Rowland Production Designer
Karen Wakefield Art Director
Jane Walker Makeup
Natascha Wharton Executive Producer
James Wilson Executive Producer
Pete Woodhead Score Composer
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Great Film, this made me like the Zombie genre!

    Great Film, this made me like the Zombie genre!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    love it.

    I wasn't to sure about this movie. Once I watched it I was hooked. I love british humor and this movie. I think that people should give it a try, and I'm sure they will love it like I did.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Funny Movie

    I love british humor! This movie has got to be the best work Simon Pegg has done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hilarious

    love it and watch it over and over. wish simon pegg had not sold out to hollywood

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pee your pants funny!

    This movie is one of the funniest I have ever seen. I rank it right up there with Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. It is one of those that no matter when you come into it, it is ALWAYS at a 'good part.'

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Have a Sense of Humor!

    I was weary of giving this a shot but found it extremely entertaining. Simon Pegg is brilliant. I love how it pokes fun at humans for their zombie-like behavior at work. Give it a shot at least.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    my fave movie of all time

    this movie is hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dogs CAN look up!

    Infinitely quatable and enjoyable, Shaun of the Dead is a modern classic of both horror and comedy. Bloody and creepy enough to appease the horror crowd while at the same time funny and smart enough to keep even the most squimish entertained and in thier seat. Highest recommendation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Romantic Comedy. With Zombies

    That tagline probably best describes this film. During the first thirty minutes or so Shaun and Ed are completely oblivious to the signs of impending doom all around them. This is chiefly because they are, like many people would be, so wrapped up in their middle-class problems to notice. Add to that the fact that the news is constantly spouting gloom and doom twenty four hours a day as it is. This film is less of a comedy like Dead Alive and more of a Hugh Grant or John Cusack film with zombies as the antagonistic force rather than money or infidelity. All in all it is a solid film with quite a few laughs. The zombies look great and the cast is superb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    KEEPER.

    i'm a HUGE zombie flick fan. but, nonetheless, this deffffinetely is one of the best zombie flicks ever. definite keeper. This is, as Ed says, "a slice of fried gold"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shaun of the Dead

    I thought this movie was great! Horror/comedy at its best as I see it. I would definitely suggest this for a laugh or a scare depending on the person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great funny movie!

    The movie Shaun of the Dead is a movie from Britian, the movie is funny and violent. The 2 main characters don't even know what's going on in the neighborhood. This is one of the best zombie flicks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shaun of the Dead

    I absolutely love this movie. A great combination of horror and comedy! Everything about this movie is worth a watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Subtle British Humour

    This is one of the most entertaining movies I have seen. The majority of the people that say they do not like this movie bought or rented it half expecting a classic zombie horror flick. The subtle british humour adds to the hilarity of parts in this movie. If you want a pretty good zombie movie get 28 days later or somehting like that, but if you're looking for a humourous movie, this is good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!!!

    Being the Coldplay addict that I am, I originally only wanted to see Shaun of the Dead because I knew that Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were making a cameo in it somewhere. But three minutes into it, I forgot all about that because I was laughing so much. Very entertaining film. I've seen it six times already. There's comedy in the smallest of things, is that the definition of British humor? Because if that's so, I'm just one of the few Americans who understand it. You should certainly watch this flick if you're looking for a dose of non-stop comedy, drama,and horror rolled all into one. Also if you have a good sense of humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Parody Of All Time!

    This movie is the BEST zombie/parody movie I've seen in a while...The humor is spot-on but the horror aspect is spot-on also...perfectly gory and funny, this is my favorite film of 2004.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie doesn't deserve a star

    I like zombie movies, but this was hands-down the worst one I've ever seen. Matter of fact, I couldn't even stomach it after 40 minutes and yanked it out of my home theater. British comedy is sometimes beyond me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    British Black Comedy at it's best

    Shaun of the Dead is an entertaingly funny movie, unfortunately the British humour in it may leave some people wondering what they have just subjected themselves to...not so and people say we Brits don't have a sense of humour. I'd recommend this to anyone that wants an easy chuckle with a dash of gore to accompany their lager and crisps after a Saturday night down the pub

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Unpleasant Surprise

    If you find humour in the foulest of foul language, gratuitous blood and gore, senseless brutality and graphic depiction of low life slob culture, then this is the film for you. If you do not then you will find it one of the sickest and most unpleasant productions, masquerading as entertainment, ever inflicted upon an unsuspecting buyer. I watched it through to the end, hoping to find some redeeming feature that would justify the praise heaped upon it by some reviewers. I found none. It is revolting from start to long awaited finish.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Zombie-Tastic

    Shaun of the dead is one of the best zombie movies ever. As a spoof on Dawn of the dead (the more serious zombie flick of the two) Shaun of the dead makes a little laugh at the thought of our friends,family,and strangers coming back wanting to eat our brains out. You kind of fall in love with the charecters. Especially shaun and his hopeless relationship with his gf, and his sweet and funny relationship with his best friend ed. I recommend this to anyone who has a good sense of humor, There is gore in it though not too out of hand and ridiculous. but just the right serving

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