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31 Days of Horror Day 8: "Come and get it! It's a running buffet!"

Title of Movie:Shaun of the Dead

Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, Jessica Stevenson

Quotable Line: Not so much quotable lines, but entire chunks of dialogue are quotable.

Director: Edgar Wright


The Skinny: Shaun doesn't have a very good day, so he decides to turn his life around by getting his ex to take him back, but he times it for right in the middle of what may be a zombie apocalypse... But for him, it's an opportunity to show everyone he knows how useful he is by saving them all. All he has to do is survive... And get his ex back.

The Good: First off, Shaun of the Dead is widely considered to be the best Romero zombie movie not directed by George Romero. It's is directed by Edgar Wright, one of the genuises behind the incredibly funny British show, "Spaced." If you have never seen "Spaced" get a hold of it because it is the basis for much of the comedy for Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Anyway, this movie is incredibly funny. So much so that you find yourself just laughing to the brink of tears on a regular basis throughout. That said, the movie at one point ceases to be funny, and does a complete 180 and becomes an incredibly effective scary movie. The zombies are in full force and to see these characters react to the zombies the way that they do is excellent. The gore is about par for a Romero movie and really well done. If you have never seen Shaun of the Dead, and you love you the zombie movies, or just want to see something that delivers on both scares and laughs, this is definitely your movie. Highly, highly recommended.

The Bad: Absolutely nothing. I love this movie.

The Ugly: David getting his due from the zombies.

My final verdict:5 cricket bats out of 5. 


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