If I compiled a list of the 100 greatest films of all time, this would most certainly be in the top 5.
2004 was the greatest year for comedy films (in my opinion), mainly due to the releases of Mean Girls, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Napoleon Dynamite and Shaun of the Dead.
Edgar Wright’s debut horror-comedy raised the bar for horror-comedies by showing that a low budget zombie film can be driven by intelligent humour. It also (much like Clerks) inspired many indie films to come.
Shaun of the Dead was the first film to show off Edgar Wright’s style of using (loud) fast transitions. And some very well shot following scenes (where the camera doesn’t cut for a long period of time in one continuous shot) that add to the suspense of the new zombie infested streets of London.
Simon Pegg cleverly leads the acting and writing as Shaun Riley, a twenty-something dead beat who is going through a rough patch in life (as you can probably tell by the title).
Although Simon Pegg may lead the group, Nick Frost provides the majority of the laughs as Ed, the other twenty-something dead beat who really doesn’t care that his life is horrible.
This film can be seen twice and analysed in two different genres. It works really well as a British romantic comedy, yet at the same time is a very suspenseful and gory horror flick.
If you haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead yet, I seriously recommend you do. No, I insist you do. No, I enforce you do.
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