12. Shaun of the Dead

14 Sep

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directed by Edgar Wright

The first of Edgar Wright’s “Coronetto Triology,” Shaun of the Dead introduced American audiences to three bright comedic minds — Simon Pegg and Nick Frost along with Wright. Well ahead of the zombie craze (perhaps having a slight impact on creating it), Shaun of the Dead rises above your typical horror spoof by nailing both ends of the spectrum. It not only is a satisfying horror film, it is ridiculously funny. The best part of the film’s humor is that it takes the zombie threat to be incredibly serious — the film takes particular care that you know any of the ragtag protagonists could become zombie meat at any moment. That doesn’t mean they won’t use the zombies for laughs, such as in the great beatdown scene scored to “Don’t Stop Me Now.” Pegg and Frost establish their on-screen personas as lovable losers who are able to rise to the occasion under the terrifying circumstances. Because of the satisfying character building through Shaun of the Dead, following films are able to comment on these personas in surprising and hilarious ways. The trio has already made themselves into comedic cult icons, with each of their films more anticipated than the last.

One Response to “12. Shaun of the Dead”

  1. Caleb September 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I’m just going to have to avoid this one for a decade or so, because I feel like I’ve seen it so much that it may have worn out its welcome for me. It’s a great film, and a great comedy deserving of this list (maybe not this high a spot in my opinion) but damn, most of my friends all through high school and college seemed to be watching this on repeat and I’m just tired of it.

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