Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Wright (2004)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Just as Londoner Shaun (Simon Pegg) decides to get his aimless life back on track, the capital becomes Zombie Central as the dead rise to eat the living. Pegg and director Edgar Wright first hit their stride with cult Channel 4 series Spaced, and this again combines undergrad humour and hardcore horror, ransacking George A Romero's Dead saga and virtually every Italian zombie flick for inspiration. It may seem like a one-joke conceit but you do actually care about the characters, which sustains the narrative. Shaun's mates are all played by familiar TV faces - Spaced's Nick Frost, The Office's Lucy Davis, Black Books's Dylan Moran. But the real stars are his mum, the magnificent Penelope Wilton, and stepdad, Bill Nighy, who move the splatter farce into more resonant areas. It's proof that British film comedy can work without Richard Curtis.

Summary

An unambitious 29-year-old man recently dumped and trapped in the job from hell decides to get his life back on track. Unfortunately, he has to put his plans on hold when zombies rise from their graves and stalk the streets of London to feast on the living. Comedy horror, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton.

Cast & Crew

Shaun Simon Pegg
Liz Kate Ashfield
Ed Nick Frost
David Dylan Moran
Dianne Lucy Davis
Barbara Penelope Wilton
Philip Bill Nighy
Yvonne Jessica Stevenson
Maggie Tamsin Greig
Yvonne's friend Reece Shearsmith
Yvonne's friend Matt Lucas
Yvonne's friend Martin Freeman
Yvonne's mum Julia Deakin
Director Edgar Wright
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Apr 2004
Comedy Drama