31 Days of Halloween – Day 5: Shaun of the Dead


Today’s movie is the groundbreaking first of the Cornetto trilogy. This is film that brought zoms and coms back together (also adding a fair bit of rom as well). Along with Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead remake, 28 Days Later, and the Walking Dead comic, it was largely responsible for the zombie boom engulfed us in the mid 2000s, gaining praise from the likes of George Romero and Stephen King, and paved the way for everything from Zombieland to Dead Snow. It’s also one of the most tightly written scripts I’ve ever seen, almost on par with Usual Suspects, No Country For Old Men, or Chinatown.

Nahid had seen Hot Fuzz and World’s End but was leery of the gore in this zombie flick. Halloween month was the perfect time to brave it.

What did you think? Did it live up to the hype?
Nahid. Yes it did. It was fun to watch. It was well-made. The theme of ridiculing the white male survival narrative that is so dominant in horror was great. Also I liked that it was a  little about getting your life into order.

What was your favorite part?
Nahid. The dart in the head, that was cool. I enjoyed the reveal every time they checked for zombies.. Simon Pegg’s facial expressions (especially when he saw a lot of zombies.) And Martin Freeman, of course.

What was your least favorite part?
Nahid. It was bloody. I feel like I’m not someone who’s put off by gore, but maybe I’m more sensitive now. I didn’t like how they demonized their flatmate just for being serious. And Ed was a bit annoying; it wasn’t funny, just annoying.

Do you think you’d watch this again? Did you like it more or less than Hot Fuzz?
Nahid. Probably. I think I’d have to re-watch them both to have a real idea.

My thoughts. It’s  unquestionably the worlds greatest romzomcom, and I love how much they insisted sticking with slow (proper zombies.) Nothing more needs to be said.


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