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on July 27, 2009
You know the type of movie. The main character is just moving along in life, happy, drinking beer, playing video games, and not cleaning up his place. Suddenly BANG, there is an alien invasion, or his aunt dies, or he gets cancer and he has to examine his life. Is he going anywhere? Is he doing anything for the next generation? Will anybody remember him if he falls down the stairs and breaks his neck?
That is this movie. Shaun, a man who does not realize he is a failure is forced to face that fact after his girlfriend dumps him because he is not doing anything with his life. The zombies are the factor that kicks him in the butt and forces him to become the Hero that nobody wanted him to be.
It is a movie about choices. It is a movie about not listening to your girlfriend. I mean, really, why does he have to cure cancer or save the planet from zombies? Can't a person be happy just with three meals a day, a roof over the head, and some extra time and money to spend on themselves? Why must we all become a Hero? A General? A President? What's wrong with enjoying life? What's wrong with staying in on the weekend and watching a movie or playing on the game station or having some root beer and pizza instead of going out? Shaun wasn't a bad guy - he loved his girlfriend, tried to get along with his friends and, to my knowledge, didn't drown kittens.
Think about what you ask for, it may come true. Well, in this case what the girlfriend asks for. Great movie and teaches us a lesson about enjoying what we have and not trying to wish for change. Change just hurts you in the end. Don't trust it.
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on January 16, 2006
I do enjoy the horror/comedy features, a few of my favorites being Peter Jackson's Dead Alive (1992) aka Braindead, and the Sam Raimi/Bruce Campbell Evil Dead features...so why did it take me so long to see this film titled Shaun of the Dead (2004)? You know what it was? I had a number of people keep telling me how I had to go see this film and usually, when that happens, I tend to avoid the very film they're pushing as something inside becomes resistant to the pressure...I'll see a movie because I want to, not because some told me I have to...I still haven't read The Da Vinci Code, despite the fact someone even gave me their copy of the book...anyway, the film, co-written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, who also directed, stars Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible III), as the title character. Also appearing is Kate Ashfield (Fakers), Nick Frost ("Spaced"), Lucy Davis ("The Office"), Dylan Moran (Notting Hill), Penelope Wilton (Calendar Girls), and Bill Nighy (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), who can soon be seen appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean sequels as a character named Davey Jones, in reference to that old sea legend Davey Jones' locker, and not in reference to the character from the 1960s TV show the Monkees, which was played by an actor of the same name.

Shaun (Pegg) has problems...he works a dead end job in a chintzy appliance store (his teenage co-workers consider him the `old timer' being all of 29), he doesn't get along with his step dad Phillip (Nighy), which has strained his relationship with his mother (Wilton), his girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) is in the process of dumping him because she wants more out of their relationship, and his flat mate Pete is on his case about Shaun's friend Ed (Frost), who lives with them but contributes very little...you know the type, a big, greasy bohunk type who stays over one night, and then ends up moving in, sleeping on the couch, doesn't pay rent, drinks milk from the carton, and spends his days playing video games and his nights at the local pub. Shaun's life is a mess, and it's about to get a whole lot messier, as it seems an American satellite has crashed somewhere in the south of England, resulting in the dead coming back to life, feasting on the flesh of the living, which then creates more of the same...at first Shaun doesn't notice the not so subtle changes of those on the street, until one of the dead wanders into the garden of his flat (at first, Shaun and Ed think the woman is hammered). As the situation becomes clear, Shaun tries to hold it together, gathering his friends and family with the intent on barricading themselves in the local pub and waiting it out, but the dead are hungry, and if they don't get Shaun and his group, tensions from within surely will...

I had a lot of fun with this film, as any fan of the zombie films should, at least those who don't take things too seriously and can stand a movie that pokes a little fun at the genre. The comedy in the film isn't so much of the slapsticky kind (there is some) featured in the films I referenced at the beginning of my review, but more so a subtle kind that I found really appealing. While watching the movie one familiar with films that came before can't help but feel those responsible for this feature are true fans of the genre, and horror films in general, given the immense amount of references included, in terms of visuals, the script, and various other aspects of the production, all of which can be identified by activating a special Zomb-O-Meter subtitle track. I also really enjoyed the thoughtfulness in the structure of the movie, for example, near the beginning, before the influx of the zombies, we see Shaun walking to a nearby store, and there's a good amount of normal, street activity (a kid playing, a man washing his car, a homeless man begging for change, etc.). The next day, after Shaun got dumped by Liz and subsequently went out with Ed and tied one on, we see a slightly hung over Shaun, walking the same, exact route, except now things are very different. The streets are clear of people (except for a few presumably walking dead), strewn with trash and in disarray, yet Shaun, given his current state, does not take notice...very funny sequence. Another great bit was when Shaun and Ed finally realized what was going on, after an incident in the backyard and one of the dead actually entering the flat, because, as usual, someone forgot to lock the front door (this was persistent issue with Shaun's roommate Pete, who despised Ed). As the story progresses, Shaun seems to come to terms with his relationship issues, generally at the most inopportune moments, one of them being a very touching scene with his step father Phil in the back of a car, just prior to Phil `losing the battle'. Another great sequence in this regard was when Shaun and Ed had it out, in front of the pub, surrounded by hundreds of dead eyed spectators. I thought the performances all really good (both Pegg and Frost stood out for me), and the characters completely distinctive and interesting. The direction was excellent, as the use of various gimmicks done especially well, keeping me interested rather than distracting. As far as the zombies and special effects in general, I thought they were all done very well, resulting in excellent production values for a film of this type, this type being a relatively independent feature made on a relatively modest budget (this film cost a reportedly 4 million to make, while George Romero's 2005 Land of the Dead cost about 15 million). The zombie effects are decent enough, and there is one, particularly gut wrenching (literally) near the end which casual viewers might find hard to take. All in all I thought this an excellent film and a great effort put forth by the filmmakers, one which all fans of the genre should appreciate, but may have limited appeal to the casual viewer not familiar with all the `in' jokes and references (some were obscure, even to me).

The picture, presented in anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1), looks very sharp and clear, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio comes through very clean. As far as the special features, there are a good amount of them related to the film, of which I won't list as the Amazon website does this well enough, but not so much as to overwhelm...I love those releases where they interview everyone and anyone, despite their peripheral involvement in the making of the film (does anyone care what kind of snackies the caterer supplied during production?). Also included are some unrelated Universal previews that come up as the DVD is inserted into the player, but these can be bypassed through your remote. Used to be Universal gave you no choice in watching these things, but I guess they got enough complaints as to allow viewers to bypass them if they wish...

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on March 2, 2017
Love it.
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on September 14, 2017
the kids liked it. it was their gift and they liked the movie.
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on September 2, 2011
This is just a really original idea for a dark comedy. I love the dialogue, and the relationships between the characters trying to survive such a horrible crisis. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are perfect together as always.
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I do not usually watch "horror" movies, and this movie is perfect for people like me. Though it is definitely "R" in the language used and the scary/gorey scenes, there is enough hilarity to carry people like me through. It is, to me, more genuinely scary than "Scary Movie", and it is also more genuinely funny than "Scary Movie". I have given "Shaun of the Dead" to two people as gifts, and recommend it as a movie that does not pretend to be anything more than what it is.

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VINE VOICEon December 23, 2007
One of the funniest films of the past few years, Shaun of the Dead manages to skewer and lovingly address the zombie genre made popular by George Romero and other horror directors. The entire cast is great, especially the two main characters played by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

The HD presentation of the film on this disc is just as good as, if not better than the disc for Hot Fuzz. The surround is very active, with the zombies growls coming from every direction during key scenes. Like Hot Fuzz, this film is pretty much an aural and visual assault on the senses. The extras are the same ones you can find on the regular DVD release but they're entertaining at the least. I'd recommend this disc whole heartedly to comedy fans and horror fans alike.
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on March 21, 2011
Saw this for the first time in a special screening at a local theater, with my son. We loved it! It's everything a good zombie movie should be - it's hilarious, snarky, a wee-bit scary, a wee-bit dramatic, and it has well-done zombie make-up and blood/gore... it even makes for a good date movie, because of the how-to-be-a-good-boyfriend factor! ;-)

We see the main character start out as a lumbering, brainless (quite zombie-like, in fact), average-guy oaf who forgets his girl's flowers, doesn't really dedicate himself to doing all the things a good boyfriend should do for his significant other. But, by the end of the movie, he's learned his lesson.

See? A great movie all around. What more could you want?
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on September 13, 2012
Edgar Wright is one of my favorite filmmakers, so I'm a bit biased, but this movie is amazing. It's smart, funny and full of love for the zombie genre. As it was said about the movie, it's not a parody, it's an homage. There is a distinct difference. This is it's own story that's meant to show love to the genre. I laughed the whole movie and couldn't wait to buy it. If you love zombie movies, comedies or just anything good, you need to own this!
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on April 19, 2015
I've loved this movie since it came out! It got me to follow these two guys in all their movies. If you like this movie then you'll love Hot Fuzz!!
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