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:: Shaun Of The Dead

If you like zombie movies, see this one. That is all there is to it

For those who want a bit more information, “Shaun of the Dead” is an extremely well made film. It tells the tale of Shaun, a man-boy on the verge of thirty, still droning through life in an unsatisfactory manner. His workmates are adolescents who show him no respect, his home life would be familiar to John Birmingham, and his girlfriend is extremely tired of their social life consisting of endless trips to the local pub. Something has to give. And something does. Enter zombies from stage left!

Made by the team behind the cult UK series “Spaced”, “Shaun of the Dead” is extremely funny, very clever, and frighteningly well made. Although it is obvious the budget was not limitless, the cast and crew do an outstanding job. Often in zombie movies, normality is established and then quickly shattered as the dead start rising. At this point the human characters put aside whatever personality has been established to become efficient zombie slaying machines.

The creators of Shaun have decided to play with the conventions of zombie films a little. Although the film does follow the usual formula, the writers clearly had a lot of fun delaying the payoff, and playing with the standards of the genre. Stuck in their rut, the main characters barely notice as the apocalypse comes upon them, and when does eventually dawn upon them, they remain themselves in the heightened circumstances. The personal issues and preoccupations of the characters do not disappear the moment the zombies appear on the screen – something that is very welcome. The personal bickering is perhaps carried a bit too far, but for the most part it is extremely funny and mostly believable.

It is obvious a great deal of thought went into this film. The self-involved isolation of modern urban life, petty share house politics, problematic parent-child, and boyfriend/girlfriend relationships all get a good workout; as does the zombie-like nature of much modern life. After all, if the suited monkeys on autopilot that fill the trains and buses every morning began to “zombify”, how would anyone tell the difference? The sunken eyes, the slow, the dull, uncomprehending gazes, the low mindless groans, the endless slow-moving hordes, the sluggish movements and lack of initiative - none of these are particularly out of place on the 7:52 to Flinders Street.

Any horror fans are advised to check out “Shaun of the Dead” as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.