2004 Certificate: 15


Hacked together by the chaps behind cult TV comedy Spaced - director Edgar Wright and writer-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost - Britain's first 'zomromcom' is a side-splitting experience in more ways than one. Pegg is the bone-idle shop assistant who becomes an unlikely hero when his leafy London suburb is suddenly overrun by ravenous zombies. With cricket bat in hand and trusty but equally slovenly pal Ed (Frost) by his side, Shaun sets out to rescue his girlfriend (Kate Ashfield) from the undead hordes. But first... the pub. A sublime mix of gags and gore.


  • Edgar Wright


  • Simon Pegg

  • Nick Frost

  • Kate Ashfield

  • Dylan Moran

  • Bill Nighy

  • Penelope Wilton

  • Lucy Davis


Billed as "a romantic comedy with zombies", Shaun of the Dead will not be everybody's cup of tea.

However, for fans of Spaced it represents the long awaited transition of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's unique brand of comedy from the small to the big screen, in a tribute to the classic Romero movies.

In the past the pair have always used a style rich in cinematic references so this film represents a natural progression.

Shaun (Pegg) is 29 and in something of a rut. His girlfriend has despaired of his lack of effort and commitment, and he's stuck in a dead-end job.

No sooner has he resolved to put things right, do things begin to get strange. Tramps are eating live pigeons in the street, there is a strange girl in the garden and Shaun's housemate is feeling a little under the weather.

As society crumbles, Shaun sets out to gather his friends and family around him and get to a safe place - like the local pub.

The only thing standing between our hero and a cold pint is a vast army of the undead who tend to be "a little bit bitey". Will Shaun survive to win back his girl? Will they make it to the pub? And more importantly, will it make you laugh?

Be warned that the banter between Shaun and best friend Ed (Mike from Spaced) is decorated with some pretty choice language.

Also, this is a zombie film so the requisite quota of gore and frights is filled with room to spare. As a result it's not a film for the faint-hearted.

If none of that puts you off, then prepare to laugh yourself into the ranks of the undead, as this is a work of pure genius.

Wright's attention to detail and the comedic talents of Pegg and Frost in particular make this an offbeat British comedy gem to treasure.

David Hanson