Most zombie movies are sort of funny – not on purpose
necessarily, but more so because zombies are just goofy and the
stories in most zombie movies are just plain bad.
“Shaun of the Dead” makes fun of these zombie movie traits to
make a movie that is described by its makers as a “romantic comedy,
with zombies.” The producers took this description and ran with it,
making this comedy one to die for.
Shaun, played by Simon Pegg, is stuck in a rut; he works in an
appliance shop and spends almost every night at his favorite pub,
Shaun and his roommate Ed are the movie’s heroes, fighting the
undead by throwing records and taking pictures of them. Battling
hoards of bloodthirsty zombies is only half the fun. Watching Shaun
and Ed run around town trying to destroy zombie brains is hilarity
But for those not into the whole zombie-horror,
I’ll-kill-you-with-a-shovel-you-dirty-dead-person movie genre,
there is a romantic flare to the plot.
Shaun’s girlfriend, Liz, played by Kate Ashfield, breaks up with
Shaun because she wants something more than spending every evening
in the same pub. Shaun spends the rest of the movie trying to win
back Liz’s heart.
Don’t expect to see anything like “Scary Movie,” or other horror
parodies. “Shaun of the Dead” has much smarter humor than the
average parody movie, and it doesn’t rely on cheap jokes to keep
the audience entertained.
Shaun and Ed are two of the most lazy, distracted and hilarious
zombie fighters to ever appear in a movie.
“Shaun of the Dead” takes a tired film genre and adds some life
to it by turning it into a comedy. Both comedy fans and zombie
movie fans will enjoy “Shaun of the Dead.”
Ram Rating: Three out of four