Let’s kick off the new year on an upbeat note, discussing one of the all-time horror-comedy greats with “Shaun of the Dead”.
The Spookshow kicks off 2023 with Will’s pick “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)! Join Josh, Will & Professor Smoak as they revisit a modern cult classic Rom-Zom-Com from Edgar Wright.
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 zombie comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg. Pegg stars as Shaun, a downtrodden salesman in London who is caught in a zombie apocalypse with his friend Ed (Nick Frost). It is the first installment in the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013).
The film was credited with bringing something fresh and surprising to the zombie subgenre, helping re-animate it at a time when it felt like nothing substantial could be added to a subgenre that had been, pardon the pun, beaten to death.
American film critic Roger Ebert wrote that he was “by now more or less exhausted by the cinematic possibilities of killing [zombies]”, and so he was glad for what Shaun of the Dead brought to the table outside of this.
Shaun of the Dead premiered in London on March 29, 2004, and was theatrically released in the UK on April 9, finally landing in the US on September 24.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD was a critical and commercial success and is now widely considered one of the greatest comedies, horror-comedies, and zombie films of all time. Let’s discuss!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
In case you missed a discussion about another quintessential zombie classic, be sure to tune in as the guys kicked off their “new year” by watching one of the big ones, Dawn of the Dead from 1978! Join the gang as they talk about this influential George A. Romero zombie film.
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