Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British made film; it is a zombie themed romantic comedy and has dubbed itself a “rom zom com” which has become the film’s slogan. It was written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, Wright also took to directorial duties, while Pegg starred as main character Shaun.
Despite very little promotion and only 609 theatres screening it, in America, it still made an impressive $3.30 million dollars and went to number 8 in the US box-office upon its release, but when compared to big-budget films that have thousands of screenings, it shows you a glimpse into what might have been. Shaun of the Dead makes references to many films; however the most noticeable of these are the four “dead films” made by George A Romero, who was in fact so impressed with this film that he cast Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright as zombies in the fourth film “Dead film” called Land of the dead.
Shaun is a 29-year-old with no real ambition in life, much to the consternation of his friends, family, and fed-up girlfriend. With only a loyalty to his lazy best friend Ed (Nick Frost), a dead-end job where his employees step on him, and the good old days, Shaun isn’t exactly putting his best foot forward. But when the flesh-hungry un-dead start to rise in numbers around modern-day London, Shaun must come to the rescue of his girlfriend and mother before all hell breaks loose. With loyal Edgar at his side to fight the good fight, the two will have to pave their way through zombie-ridden London as Shaun must take on the first real challenge in his life–with comical results.
Shaun of the Dead is a great film, bringing hilarity and talent to every scene, I thought it was well written and all of the actors were very amusing. There were many clever references to other films and Shaun’s friend Ed was a great pleasure to watch. I thought that this film is taking British comedy to new levels, bringing elements from great TV shows like Pegg’s own Spaced, with humour of the same intelligence as The Office, putting it on a pedestal when compared to half baked films like Bruce Almighty, where everything had a convenience that remained within the boundaries of Hollywood, where-as Shaun of the Dead does as it pleases, and the result is a hilarious film I’ll watch again and again.