shaun of the dead movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s gore, humour and lots of zombies in this fantastic horror-comedy! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are hilarious buddies in Shaun of the Dead, an entertaining zombie comedy in which a man’s uneventful life being turned around by the zombie apocalypse.


Shaun and his best friend, Ed, live their lives without any motives and no direction. But their uneventful, meaningless lives are changed by an unexpected zombie apocalypse.

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Movie details

Director: Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Release Date (Australia):7 October 2004
Runtime: 99 minutes/1h 39m
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: UK, France, USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film features themes relating to a zombie apocalypse and death.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features shootings that are accompanied by depictions of large blood sprays. There are also gory depictions of people being dismembered, disemboweled and eaten by zombies.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features a single use of the word “c**ts”, in addition to uses of “f**k”, “s**t”, “prick”, “twat” and “hell”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film contains mild verbal references to marijuana and “selling weed”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains crude sexual references.

mpaa rating

R (for zombie violence/gore and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Edgar Wright’s horror-comedy completely sticks to the flesh-eating themes of the zombie genre, whilst Simon Pegg and Nick Frost deliver the most witty and hilarious duo there’s probably been in film. Shaun of the Dead is basically the definition of a “horror-comedy”, and it directly hits the target on focusing on the zombie apocalypse whilst constantly making us laugh.

There’s gore, there’s death, there’s emotion, but there’s a frequent amount of excellent humour. The other zombie movie references, plans on getting everyone to a safe spot and enjoying a nice cup of tea waiting for the events to blow over, and each of the quirkily witty characters are literally perfect. There is not a single scene that plays through the movie without containing at least one on-the-floor-laughing hilarious joke. Shaun of the Dead undeniably nails the humorous aspect, which gladly covers up the unnoticed terror.

We’ve seen brilliant comedy duos and buddies in several movies, but Pegg’s and Frost’s version seems to be the core, especially because it’s their first ever duo together. The screenwriting is brilliant and it’s extremely difficult to identify a single scene that didn’t entertain you. It’s just unfortunate knowing there’ll never be another zombie comedy as witty, entertaining and hysterical as Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead.

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