Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is a horror comedy with zombies — a strange blend of gore and humor. In London, 29-year-old Shaun (Simon Pegg) and his best friend, drug-dealing Ed (Nick Frost), are flat mates with little ambition. But they both agree that the local pub, The Winchester, is the greatest place on earth. On a seemingly normal day, things in their part of London begin to change. Shaun is oblivious to the mayhem that begins as dead bodies rise from their graves and walk the streets. The walking dead attack the town’s citizens, creating quite a frenzy. Shaun and Ed seem to come alive themselves and take heroic measures to save Shaun’s girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), their friends, and Shaun’s mother and stepfather. They determine that the best place to hide from this zombie invasion is The Winchester. Getting there, however, is a morbidly comedic adventure.
No reason is given in Shaun of the Dead for the zombie invasion. A news reporter tells the citizens that the only way to kill zombies is to remove their heads or destroy their brains. In this extremely bloody and gratuitously violent flick, heads are bashed until they fall off, bodies are impaled with whatever metal object is available, and zombies dismember and hungrily eat human flesh. It’s grizzly. If the producers of Shaun of the Dead removed all of the filthy language, blood and gore, all that would be left is Shaun and Ed sitting on the couch like zombies playing video games.