|Directed by:||Edgar Wright|
|Written by:||Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright|
|Cast:||Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Jessica Stevenson|
The up: I think the way the beginning of the film slowly introduced the main characters and showed the subtle zombie take over the city was great.
The Down: The rest of the film annoyed me, I knew it was an horror comedy but I never expected it to be so silly.
Bottom Line: This film is a series of more comedic than horrific encounters between the flesh eating creatures and the small group of human survivors. It represents a satire of the genre, where a group of people need to band together, barricade somewhere, arm themselves to survive the onslaughts of swarms of zombies. Shaun of the Dead was written by both Wright and Pegg who are avid fans of the genre and of George A. Romero who quite possibly invented the living dead horror movies with Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and the recently released Land of the Dead (The man just loves cadavers). I don’t understand this film’s success and cult following and had problems to come up with a constructive review to this silly film which is easily comparable to Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness, a film I enjoy which also laughs at the clichés of that sort of flick.