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Shaun of the Dead Review

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by AVForums Aug 1, 2004

    Shaun of the Dead Review
    A Romantic, Zombie Comedy

    Shaun (Simon Pegg) is stuck in a dead end job as a salesman in a Dixons-esque electrical retail outlet. He lives in a terraced house with Ed (Nick Frost) and Pete (Peter Serafinowicz) and is going out with a girl called Liz (Kate Ashfield). Liz dumps Shaun after he forgets to book a table for the two of them, leaving him inconsolable. Shaun decides to drown his sorrows in the local pub with Ed. So far so mundane, but when Shaun wakes up the next morning, he finds a zombie in his back garden.

    So starts Shaun of the Dead which is not only one of the funniest movies out there, it is one of the best zombie movies out there too. Better than Dawn of the Dead (both of them) and easily better than 28 days later, Shaun of the Dead manages to ape from other horror titles and still remain different. The mix of humour and some pretty grisly scenes is perfect, one not acting to the detriment of the other. The garden scene mentioned above plays beautifully in this respect, with the main characters acting as any normal person would. In fact it is the use of decidedly ordinary settings and interesting characters that allows Shaun of the Dead to become highly accessible to all audiences, not just horror fans.

    The only downside is the character of David (Dylan Moran) who is neither likable nor funny and seems to exist in a slightly different world than the others. I suppose there are plot reasons for this, it just seems a waste of a character to be so one dimensional.

    To explain further would spoil the movie, especially the ending which is one of the very best out there. Suffice to say, you need,/i> to have this movie.