Shaun of the Dead is a masterpiece of the zombie comedy (zom-com) genre. Amidst films like Zombieland and Fido, Shaun of the Dead stands out as a loving tribute to the original zombie films of old. Best friends and longtime comedy coworkers Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edger Wright do the zombie parody justice as only three fan boys can do, and the result is a brilliantly clever film rife with references to original Z-flicks, comedic foreshadowing, and in-jokes, wrapped up in a plot that grips the viewer and doesn’t let go, all while being funny, and, at times, moving. The 2004 film basically single-handedly created the “rom-zom-com”, or romantic zombie comedy genre that had films like Zombieland following in it’s footsteps.
The story follows 29-year-old Shaun (played by Simon Pegg), an average bloke whose life is going nowhere pretty quickly. He’s an employee at Foree Electric (a reference to Ken Foree from Halloween), and spends most of his free time at the local pub or playing videogames with his freeloading best friend and flat mate, Ed (Nick Frost). After his girlfriend breaks up with him and he disappoints his mom and stepdad, Shaun makes a promise to himself to sort his life out the next day. Only the next day, hordes of undead are walking the street, ready to feast upon the living. This, understandably, puts a bit of a dent in Shaun’s plans.
To ring in the Halloween season, Popwrapped would like to show off some most memorable, well-timed, and comedic moments from this fantastic film.
When Shaun makes a hungover trip to the shop, and is completely oblivious to the undead crisis happening all around him.
When actual Sky News news anchor Jeremy Thompson says you can destroy zombies by “removing the head or destroying the brain”, and Shaun and Ed are extremely choosy at choosing records to use as zombie fighting weapons (Purple Rain and Sign o’ The Times are definitely no’s, while the ‘Batman’ soundtrack and Dire Straits gets tossed almost immediately).
The infamous fence hopping scene (what’s the matter David? Never seen a shortcut before?)
That time Shaun, Ed, and Liz beat up their local zombified bartender to Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.
BONUS: Funky Pete, a “censored” version of the scene where Pete confronts Ed and Shaun about coming in late and waking him up, where every F-bomb (f*ck is said 77 times in the movie) is replaced with the word “funk” and every p-word is replaced with “prink”. The scene was apparently made for airline viewing. It’s absolutely hilarious.
We definitely advocate watching Shaun of The Dead again this Halloween to get you in the spirit…and if you haven’t seen it yet, we absolutely suggest you go watch it, right now!