Shaun of the Dead: A brain smashing good time

“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. How’s that for a slice of fried gold?” That is a good plan to survive the zombie apocalypse, Shaun.

“Shaun of the Dead” is a movie about Shaun. He is a TV salesman who has done nothing with his life, has a girlfriend, Liz, who is displeased with their social life, has a best friend, Ed, who sleeps on his couch and plays video games all day, and has a hard relationship with his step-father Phillip. Without much warning, zombies infest the town and devour people, but Shaun, too involved in his own thoughts and emotions, does not even notice until he goes out, grabs some ice cream, returns home, and watches the news. Finding that the world is going to hell, Shaun and Ed decide that they are going to grab everyone they care about and head to their favorite bar, the Winchester, and drink beer until the zombie apocalypse is over.

“Shaun of the Dead” is a fun movie for zombie and comedy lovers alike. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the guys behind “Hot Fuzz” and “Run, Fatboy, Run,” star in this tribute to “Dawn of the Dead” and are a great comedic pair. However, this movie is British, so people who did not like “Monty Python” or the British version of “The Office” may watch this movie and just say “eh?”

This movie is not only funny, but it also has many references to other movies. For instance, Shaun works at Foree Electronics, which, for the “Dawn of the Dead” fans out there, refers to Ken Foree, the star of the movie. One of Shaun’s co-workers is named Ash, a reference to a character from “Evil Dead.” At the end of the film, a news anchor says that the claim that rage infected monkeys caused the pandemic is not real, which refers to the rage virus of the 2002 movie “28 Days Later.”

For those late night decisions on what movie to watch, consider “Shaun of the Dead” for zombies and a bunch of laughs.

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