Shaun of the Deadis a 2004 zombie comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get some kind of focus in his life as he deals with his girlfriend, his mother and stepfather.At the same time, he has to cope with an apocalyptic uprising of zombies.
The film was a critical and commercial success in the UK and the US. It received a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a score of 76 out of 100 at Metacritic. Shaun of the Dead was also a BAFTA nominee. Pegg and Wright considered a sequel that would replace zombies with another monster, but decided against it as they were pleased with the first film as a stand-alone product, and thought too many characters died to continue the story.
One of the best zombie apocalypse movie ever! Even now it is the best comedy and zombie movie ever made, It has a British touch of sense of humor as well as very well written and brilliantly directed by Edgar Wright. Most of the people don’t know about the facts attached to this brilliant movie and in this article we share some of the best facts here with our readers.
Shaun tells Liz that he’s going to take her to “the place that does all the fish”. When he opens the phone book you can see that the restaurant is literally called ‘The Place That Does All the Fish’.
Quentin Tarantino dubbed Shaun of the Dead (2004) one of the top 20 films made since 1992.
Shaun and Ed’s friendship is based on Simon Pegg’s and Nick Frost’s when they shared a flat together.
Just when Shaun is exiting the Indian-run deli, which is tuned to a radio station playing songs from Indian movies, the song stops and a newscaster begins speaking in Hindi. The content of the news, when translated in English, is, “People are waking up from their graves.”
When Shaun is heading to the shop for the first time, a worker on the street is listening to the radio. The newscast mentions a space probe that unexpectedly re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over England. This is likely a reference to Night of the Living Dead (1968) in which radiation from a satellite returning from Venus was given a possible cause for the dead returning to life.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) director George A. Romero was given a private viewing of the film near his home in Florida. During the scene in which Ed (Nick Frost) yells into the phone, “We’re coming to get you, Barbara,” Romero was oblivious to the fact it was a direct lift from his film Night of the Living Dead (1968) and only found out later after a phone conversation with director Edgar Wright.
Shaun walks past a road sign for Weston Park which is a street in Crouch End, London, the same locale as Spaced (1999) and where Simon Pegg now lives.
Mary, the zombie in Shaun’s backyard, works at Landis Supermarket. This is a nod toJohn Landis, who directed An American Werewolf in London (1981), and to the British chain of convenience stores named Londis.
When Shaun, Liz, David, Dianne, Barbara and Ed run into the alternative ‘gang’ as they make their way to the Winchester, there are quite a few comedy partnerships brought together again. Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes – Tim and Daisy from Spaced (1999). Lucy Davis and Martin Freeman – Dawn and Tim from The Office (2001). Dylan Moran andTamsin Greig – Bernard and Fran from Black Books (2000). Julia Deakin and Nick Frostare, of course, in Spaced too, as Marsha and Mike respectively.
When Philip (Bill Nighy) is leaving Shaun’s (Simon Pegg) place of work, we see quickly that the name of the store is Foree Electric. Ken Foree starred in Dawn of the Dead(1978) and had a cameo in Dawn of the Dead (2004).
Shaun berates Ed for calling the creatures zombies (“the zed word,” which they are, of course). This alludes to the curious fact that many of the most iconic zombie movies (including Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Resident Evil (2002)) never feature the word “zombie” at all. It can also be a reference to Danny Boyle, director of 28 Days Later… (2002), and his insistence that it isn’t a zombie movie.
The zombie that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) find in their garden is Mary, the checkout girl from the film’s credit montage. A short story detailing her transformation into one of the undead was featured in issue 1384 of the classic British sci-fi comic 2000AD. The issue went on sale 7 April 2004. The strip was called “There’s Something About Mary” and was written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (the film’s co-writers) with art by Frazer Irving.
When Shaun and the group are running out of Liz’s flat they are all carrying weapons of some kind, but only Shaun actually hits any zombies. This was because only the cricket bat that Shaun was carrying was a padded fake, all the other items were real and would have hurt the extras playing zombies if they had been hit with them.
At one point, a zombie can be glimpsed wearing a yellow cycling helmet and lycra shorts. He’s played by comedian Michael Smiley, who made appearances in Spaced (1999) as a bicycle courier named Tyres.
The non-featured zombie extras were paid the princely sum of £1 a day for their troubles. This was likely an homage to George A. Romero paying his extra zombies one dollar forDawn of the Dead (2004) and Day of the Dead (1985).
Shaun’s last name is Riley. It can be seen on a poster ad from Shaun’s Disc jockeying days.
In the entire film, apart from the celebrities appearing as themselves, none of the character’s surnames are given or heard.
One of the posters in Shaun’s flat reads “SI BEGG” which is NOT a reference to Simon Pegg, but to Simon Begg, an electronic dance music DJ, musician and record producer from Leicester, England.
When Joe Cornish is on screen, we see Lucy Akhurst (Sophie in season two of (Spaced(1999)) as a zombie getting shot in the back. She’s the blond girl in the center of the screen, with Cornish to her right.
One of the zombies seen in the film previously featured in a TV ad for the Mini as a zombie.