Shaun (Simon Pegg), a bored salesman, and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) don't have much of a social life. In fact, it consists of spending their evenings down at The Winchester with Shaun's housemate Ed (Nick Frost) and Liz's flatmates David (Dylan Moran) and Dianne (Lucy Davis). Liz has had enough of their monotonous life though and leaves Shaun.
While Shaun's got his problems, GM crops are being blamed for strange mutations of dead humans who eat the living. Shaun does however, have a plan. Get Ed, get Liz, get his mum and take them all somewhere safe. It can't be that difficult, can it?
In the movie world, parodies rarely go down well with critics. Worse still are parodies that mock brilliant films - as they often anger the fans too. What's the point in taking apart a film that is adored by all? So, when Shaun of the Dead was released in 2004, I never had any intention of going to watch it.
Shaun of the Dead also comprises of my two worst fears; horror films and parody films (both for very different reasons). Having seen Dawn of the Dead earlier this year (and loved it) and with the A-Z Challenge coming up, I figured that now was the perfect opportunity to watch a parody that I've heard is actually good. Still, I did have some reservations as I never really understood Pegg and Edgar Wright's other parody, Hot Fuzz.
The Trilogy of the Dead heavily featured amusing moments amongst the grotesque horror, and in that department Shaun of the Dead feels like an extension of George A. Romero's classic films albeit from a more personal point of view. Pegg and Wright's parody plays more on the fact that Shaun's problems are far more concerning to him than the fate of the world.
The extension continues by playing on Romero's satirical view of society as the zombies continue their daily lives in a human-like manner (with a tad more drooling). While Romero preferred to flick between scenes of a zombie infested mall with zombies pushing the trolleys, Shaun of the Dead details zombies in a corner shop picking up groceries. If anything, Shaun of the Dead is a little less subtle, but that is clearly to be expected.
I still prefer Romero's classics, but this is an excellent take on the series.