Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Month of Horror Day 21: Shaun of the Dead

Basement contributor Matt Bellamy has taken it upon himself to watch and review at least one horror movie a day for the month of October . . . because he's awesome that way! Today, Bellamy heads across the pond and discovers some of the British can be a little bitey.

That's right, about bloody time I got to this one! Viewed now as a modern classic (oxymoron?), Shaun of the Dead has become the new template that seemingly all horror-comedies are based on, and for good reason, it's easily the best in the last decade. More of a loving homage as opposed to a parody, writer-director Edgar Wright, as well as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, obviously admire and respect this ghastly genre as it shows in just about every frame. George A. Romero would be proud, and I'm pretty sure that he was! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as the two main characters, lazy and unmotivated in life, shambling through life one pint glass or bag of "pig snacks" at a time until one evening the dead mysteriously begin to rise, and, yep, you've got it, ZOMBIES!!! How would two regular guys react in such a bizarre, surreal, and frightening situation? Well, once they actually notice that the world has gone to hell their survivalism kicks into high gear, they quickly gather some supplies and formulate a plan: get to the pub! Wait, pick up those who are closest to them first and THEN... get to the pub, much better. It's impossible to not at least grin throughout the majority of the runtime, the chemistry between the leads is honest and real, the laughs are genuine and earned, and there's real heart here too, y'know, before it gets torn out by zombies. I would also like to make note that the zombies in this movie are "slow-moving zombies" which is how it should be. In many recent horror movies of this type, "fast, running zombies" have been popular and although there are many who enjoy that, I'm a purist and believe that shambling and groaning is the only way to go! "KILL THE QUEEN!"

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