Monday, 6 October 2014

Shaun of the Dead Review (Updated)












Shaun of the Dead


Release Date: 7th October 2004 - Australia 


Production Companies
Universal Pictures (present)
StudioCanal (present)
Working Title Films (present)
WT2
Big Talk Productions (in 
association with)
Inside Track 2 (in association with)
FilmFour (developed and produced with the assistance of)

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: MA15+ (Not Suitable 
for Young Children)

Runtime: 95 minutes


Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $30,039,392 
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Life is going nowhere for 
Shaun. He spends his 
life in his local pub, The 
Winchester, with his best 
mate Ed, has issues with 
his Mum and neglects his 
girlfriend Liz.

When Liz dumps him, 
Shaun finally decides to 
get his life in order. He 
must win back the heart 
of his girlfriend, repair his 
relationship with his mum 
and face up to the 
responsibilities of adult-
hood. 

Unfortunately THE DEAD 
are returning to life and 
attempting to eat the 
living. For the newly 
inspired Shaun, this is just 
another obstacle. In the 
face of a full scale ZOMBIE 
EPIDEMIC, armed with a 
cricket bat and spade, 
Shaun sets out with Ed in 
tow, to rescue his mum 
and grudgingly his step-
dad, his girlfriend and 
even more grudgingly 
her friends David and 
Dianne and take them to 
the safest most secure 
place he knows, The 
Winchester.


Cast
Simon Pegg - Shaun
Nick Frost - Ed
Kate Ashfield - Liz
Dylan Moran - David
Lucy Davis - Dianne
Bill Nighy - Phillip
Penelope Wilton - Barbara
Jessica Stevenson - Yvonne
Peter Serafinowicz - Pete
Rafe Spall - Noel
Martin Freeman - Declan
Reece Shearsmith - Mark
Tamsin Greig - Maggie

Crew
Writer/Director - Edgar Wright
Writer - Simon Pegg
Producer - Nira Park
Production Designer - Marcus Rowland
Makeup Designer/Hair Stylist - Jane Walker
Costume Designer - Anne Hardinge
Director of Photography - David M. Dunlap
Visual Effects Supervisor - Jeremy Hattingh
Editor - Chris Dickens
Original Score - Daniel Mudford and
Pete Woodhead


Review
For the first time in watching SHAUN OF THE DEAD, there was a period where I was eager to watch a horror movie which people undoubtedly consider all of these in the genre - brutal, horrifying or very gory. Having seen a few thrillers and not the horror ones that contain plots about slashers, ghouls, zombies and other themes of horror except for ALIEN (click here) which I've watched, then WORLD WAR Z and decided I would watch more horror themed movies and to review some of them. Now for SHAUN, it mixes the bloodshed with tears of laughter and joy for the viewers but at the same time shocking them in fear. For director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this is their first movie under their partnership and it later gained recognition for the three of them to make two more of their English comedies. Perhaps this was known as the start of the Cornetto trilogy, the movie has never been more frightful and hilarious and harvested the combination of satirical and dry humour and writing.

I'm still very satisfied with the duo of Simon and Nick together, I admire the chemistry of these two likeable characters and their comical friendship portrayed in later features like HOT FUZZ (click here) and PAUL. Bill Nighy takes the reins as one of the film's supporting leads, later in his career he is rejoined with the same creators in another two films to the Cornetto trilogy as featured in cameo roles. Complimenting the powerful use of soundtracks is the use of the song used in the legendary fight scene, entitled "Don't Stop Me Now" by the band Queen. The rock band Queen have been a powerful influence in modern day cinema as some of their music are frequently used in films such as FLASH GORDON, HIGHLANDER and WAYNE'S WORLD.

I am now a self confessed fan of these two comedies: HOT FUZZ and SHAUN OF THE DEAD. I really adore the film's parodying of the classic zombie horror flicks. I certainly must watch it again and it's not recommended to those who are too young and may be traumatised of its scary content and even gore and cuss just like HOT FUZZ.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


2 comments:

  1. Love this movie! So funny, and the characters are great too. Hott Fuzz is still my favorite, but this is not far behind.

    -James

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  2. Come to think of it, the horror-themed movie is just perfect to see on Ol' Halloween.

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