Zombie Apocalypses have become a pivotal concept in culture, since George A. Romero's 1968 classic, 'Night of the Living Dead'. Before Romero's heavy influence, zombies were merely reanimated corpses, and not the flesh-eating monstrosities we know today. The walking undead are arguably the most common monsters in the horror genre, but they had never infected Comedy and been as successful until Shaun of the Dead, a film by British director Edgar Wright. Wright is known for his Cornetto Trilogy (which this is the first instalment of), the film adaption of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and the recent Baby Driver. Where Shaun of the Dead shines is how it blends a seemingly terrifying situation, and manipulates it into a humorous, ever so slightly warming notion. Enhancing the film's overall sublimity is the cinematography and acting. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are brilliant in this film; Wright's shots, transitions, writing and choice of scenery aid Shaun of the Dead in keeping its place in movie history. The zombie comedy remains a quintessential work, and that's largely to do with its cult following. While other films about the disaster of the dead rising drift away from the collective subconscious, 'Shaun' stands out due to its critical response upon release, and how in 13 years since it's distribution in 2005 it has managed to not fall under the public's radar. Shaun of the Dead is a near perfect film, and I believe that people will not stop saying that for a very long time.
I apologise for not uploading a review last week, I hit a bit of a writer's block and didn't know which film to write about. However, expect the rest of the Cornetto Trilogy to get reviews in the coming weeks
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