“Shaun of the Dead” is a tribute to George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) and follows the original plot line by and large in a rather unconventional manner. Ironically, it is even rated higher than the original although only by a small amount. This is mostly due to the fact that “Shaun of the Dead” is a funny movie if you are into British humor that is. Splatter like slapstick and terrifc perfomances all with posh British accents give this movie the certain “je ne sais quoi”. I know, the French invented it but what can you do?
“Shaun of the Dead” is not a horror shocker. It has blood and gore but you can only but laugh at scenes like “There is a girl in our garden”. A zombie as Shaun and Ed find out minutes later when they push her and she trips and rams an iron pole through her stomach. Getting back up with all that glibbery noise and a huge hole through her body she is coming at them both… minutes later we learn the importance of having a record collection at hand.
There’s lots of incredibly coherent and witty dialogue that will make you see Zombies in a whole new light, like “Okay. But dogs CAN look up!”. And you know that once “you’ve got red on you” things are going to be bad. Really bad. So bad that you will “Take car. Go to mum’s. Kill Phil – Sorry. – grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. How’s that for a slice of fried gold?”