Day 20: “Take car. Go to Mum’s. Kill Phil. Grab Liz. Go to the Winchester. Have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. Yeah, boyyyeee!” Today we share our thoughts on Shaun of the Dead.
One of my all time favorite movies… or is it spelled favourite? Either way, the British humor is second to none in this zombie apocalypse comedy. From lighter takes on otherwise-dire situations, it really captivates you as a viewer and still manages to keep a serious tone. Moments can be frightening, all the while laughing to cover up my true feelings of terror. It begs the question of which is scarier, Shawns life before or after the outbreak? You’ve got red on you.
– Tyler Sawicki | Onsight Media
I don’t have a lot to say about this movie it is a comedy about horror movies, without any memorable scenes. It has some funny parts but nothing that I found to be too funny. What I did like is that the grown boy finally does become a man and wins the girl while keeping his best friend at the end of the movie.
There are people in this world who would give anything to live in a zombie apocalypse. I think Shaun of the Dead may be responsible for a large part of that desire. Before I had kids, I saw this movie and the tragedy this group faced as an escape from the monotony. Shaun and Ed live eerily mundane lives to an extreme extent. I think that’s something we all fear as humans so the idea of an apocalypse to shake things up doesn’t seem so bad. If this movie has challenged me in any way, it was to avoid living a life without purpose much like Ed in the end, doomed to a life of pure existence, chained up in your best friends shack, mindlessly gaming away. Shaun of the Dead will always be a favorite of mine, partly due to their refusal to shy away from the grizzly zombie attacks in such a wild comedy, but also because of the bizarre and dangerous lengths these friends will go to for each other. It’s inspiring. To my best of friends, you know who you are, I will always go out of my way to help you kill your dead step-fathers.
-Josh T. Romero