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‘Shaun of the Dead’ Released 14 Years Ago Today

by Tony Runco

It has been exactly 14 years since Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg unleashed their hilarious zombie bloodbath, Shaun of the Dead. Written by the duo, and directed by Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz), Shaun of the Dead has become a highly praised cult-classic that is often mentioned alongside some of the great genre defining zombie films, like Dawn of the DeadReturn of the Living Dead, and 28 Days Later.

Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek) stars as Shaun, along with fellow British comedic actor Nick Frost (Paul, The World’s End) as Shaun’s pot dealing flat-mate and best friend. The onscreen chemistry between the two is unprecedented, leading to the duo joining forces several more times in films like Hot Fuzz, Paul, The World’s End, and the upcoming Slaughterhouse Rulez.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in ‘Shaun of the Dead’ via Rogue Pictures

“Life isn’t too good for Shaun (Pegg). He lives with his best friend Ed (Frost), neglects his girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) and despises his step-dad (Nighy). When Liz dumps Shaun, he vows to get his life back on track. Unfortunatly, this is the day that the dead have decided to come back to life. With a cricket bat and Ed by his side, Shaun sets out to rescue those he loves and those he doesn’t love, and heads to the safest place he knows…the Winchester.”

Kate Ashfield is absolutely lovely as Shaun’s girlfriend Liz, who wants desperately for Shaun to put forth more effort into their relationship, and to perhaps go somewhere other then the Winchester. Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean, Underworld) plays the short-lived but memorable Philip, Shaun’s step-dad, who seems to always be disappointed in Shaun as a son.

“You’ve got red on you.”

If you are looking for something to watch this Halloween season, I highly recommend dusting off Shaun of the Dead, “… go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.”

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