This has always been one of my favorite movies. I've watched it dozens of times since it came out. Finally purchased it on Prime Video now that it's no longer available to stream on Netflix. I always find it comforting to watch this movie if I don't feel like watching something heavier and don't want to search for something new.
What I love about Shaun of the Dead is that it's solidly in the zombie movie genre, complete with the right amount of blood and gore and terrifying mindless masses of the undead. Its genius lies in balancing genuine scares and a palpable sense of dread, punctuated by sprinklings of lighthearted humor. Other zombie movies have tried to be funny but ended up being over-the-top and ridiculous, in my opinion. This one is smart and fun in all the right ways while also being ominous. It's a very hard balance to strike and this film manages it in a surprisingly skillful and effortless manner.
This movie introduced me to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, both of whom I enjoy tremendously now. I watch nearly every movie I can find which features either of them, or both preferably. It's been cool to see them mature and nice to know they're no longer relegated just to buddy comedies anymore. For example, I totally did not expect to find Nick Frost in the AMC series 'Into the Badlands'. Coming across him in an action TV show made me feel warm and fuzzy like I was coming home. He provided welcome comic relief and it was nice to see him in a role where he's not playing a stupid, bumbling oaf (well, not entirely anyway) and his character is shown in martial arts combat! My, how far he's come since Shaun of the Dead.