Shaun of the Dead

7.91 h 39 min2004X-RayR
An aimless TV salesman (Simon Pegg) and his friend battle zombies.
Edgar Wright
Nick FrostDylan MoranKrishnan Guru-Murthy
English [CC]
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Simon PeggKate AshfieldLucy DavisNick FrostDylan MoranBill NighyPenelope WiltonJessica StevensonPeter SerafinowiczMark DonovanRafe SpallJeremy Thompson
Nira Park
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Shweet PotatoReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite go-to fun flicks
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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.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hilarious satire of the zombie genre
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Shaun of the Dead was by far the greatest collaboration between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. It was a hilarious satire of the zombie genre and done to great effect.

Pegg as Shaun and Frost as Ed played two London slackers who never quite grew up. Pegg works at a job he hates selling appliances and loses his girlfriend Liz played by Kate Ashfield because of his lack of initiative. Ed sells drugs. Their favorite past time is hanging out at the Winchester pub. Every day was the same for them until the zombie apocalypse hit. That led to nothing but comedy. For example, when a zombie wanders into their living room they try all different kinds of methods to kill it including coach cushions, empty beer cans, and finally an ash tray that hits it in the head. In another instance there are two zombies in their backyard and Shaun and Ed decide to throw records at them to try to kill them. Then their big plan is to go the Winchester as their safe place to wait out the apocalypse.

Like the classic zombie movies of George Romero it also pokes fun at modern society. During the credits for example it shows people working their jobs bored out of their brains, people walking slowing through the streets, others waiting for the bus all acting like they are already the undead. In fact, when the apocalypse initially hits Shaun doesn’t even notice. For instance Shaun and Ed see a zombie moaning in the street and play like he’s singing along to them as they recite “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash. Then they find one in their backyard and they think it’s just a drunk girl. When she tackles Shaun to the ground Ed takes a picture of them together. The ending plays on that theme that people are already acting like the walking dead as well.

Overall great movie with great laughs making fun of zombies.
5 people found this helpful
Irish4TWReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny movie
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This is a funny movie. I don't watch zombie stuff, I really do not like all of the gore. This movie had some, not a whole lot, but then there was this unexpectedly super gory part towards the end that I was not expecting. It seemed to me to lose a lot of its funniness after that.

The best part is the first half. He is going through his day and so many people are so spaced out you can't really tell if the zombie epidemic has started or not. Then after it starts, he is so used to people being out of it, and the neighborhood's casual vandalism, that he walks by half a dozen or so zombies without noticing them. I went back and watched the first half again, it was that good. Simon Pegg is spot on as the average man / everyday hero.
9 people found this helpful
ecakesReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely ridiculous
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My boyfriend told me this was funny so we decided to watch this. He ordered this without my knowledge on my account and made me sit through this absolutely ridiculous movie. I normally like English humour but this movie was so awful, I spent the majority of it getting myself drunk so I wouldn't have to take it seriously. Even after an entire bottle of wine I thought it was bad. Don't pay for it.
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J. WestReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
"The Best & Hilarious Zombie Film Of All Time!"
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I thought it was time to upgrade to Blu-ray. Since Blu-ray has better picture and sound. Since I've seen zombie films for a long long time. And this makes me laugh all the way through to the end. Even George A Romero (R.I.P.) loved it also. You didn't even know these actors and actresses in it but I laughed anyway in their British accent. Some of them had great lines. A great storyline about a guy name Shaun but you'll have to see the rest of the movie to see if you'll like it. There were a lot great laugh scenes that I can't count. Great performances and roles by Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. I recommend it to all who love zombie/comedy films.
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Rabid ReaderReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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My daughter and I rented this because somebody told us it was funny.

It was. Absolutely absurdist. We totally enjoyed this with our popcorn. Life is such a pain just now, and this was a good break.

Make no mistake, this isn't a great horror masterpiece, nor a film with great depth. It's simply a good, solid dark comedy with some very funnty & subtle touches here or there. No regrets for having watched it. No nightmares after watching! No deep thoughts either! Perfect.

My other kid said the same filmmakers have made maybe 2 other movies? So I'd like to see those, too, as this was very amusing.
Perhaps that's the best recommendation?
RomanticReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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The things I love about movies with Simon Pegg and Frost (i.e. this one, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End) is 1) the character interaction, 2) the creativity of the plot, 3) amazing acting, 4) realistic dialogue. These movies are unique as to stand out in an industry in which the mundane and regurgitated plots reign. They can be graphic, but there is still amazing entertainment value that outweighs what little graphic violence there is. Even though I know what is going to happen, I still go back to this, and the other two movies, at regular intervals, because they really are worth watching.
ReaperReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stupid and brainless but entertaining comedy.
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Pokes fun at the standard "the-world-is-overwhelmed-by-an-army-of-zombies-and-we're-all-going-to-die" movie genre that's popular. Movies like Resident Evil 1-? are great but after you watch 10 zombie movies you've pretty much seen them all. This one makes fun of them all and you can grab a liter of soda and a bag of chips, sit back, turn off your brain and just laugh yourself silly. Superb acting even for a mockery. Hard stressful day, come home turn this on and relax. They say "laughter is the best medicine."
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