Shaun of the Dead
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There are 2 types of zombie movies now. Fast, rabid running zombies, or the Romero old school shufflin' zombies. I prefer the latter, which is just one of the many things that I loved about Shaun of the Dead. Wait.....
I am really in a rut about this movie. As the dreaded Rufus at Bumscorner.com, I am known for bashing movies when they are horrendous. My goal in this gig is to make directors (like Uwe Boll) read my review, break down in the fetal position and cry. That my fellow Bums is my bread and butter. There have not been many movies, especially in the horror genre that I have loved lately. All of this changed a few nights ago. I have been delivered a movie that has made me see the light. Why, there is good in the world of horror movies. That good, my friends, goes by the name of.... well the name of this review. I purchased this movie from Best buy for 17.99, bundled with Dawn of the Dead: Remake. (Review coming soon) Why am I telling all of you this? Well, because it was a hell of a deal. And if the deal has past by the time that you read this, then I guess I'm rubbing it in a little to all those who missed it. I disregarded Dawn of the Dead, and made my way to the DVD player to watch what all the hype was about for Shaun. What all the hype valid? Yes. This is one hell of a movie for any genre.
Shaun is a worthless Brit. He is always at the local pub with best friend Ed, and girlfriend Liz. Liz gets fed up and leaves him. While all this is happening, a strange epidemic is spreading around them. Zombies are beginning to run rampant. When the truth of their surroundings are finally realized then they are stuck together to survive.
Like I said in the first paragraph, I like the old school zombie. I don't want to see a zombie running after me, waving his arms and doing kung-fu flips. I want the dumb, brain-wanting stumbling zombie that will tear your scalp off if you are caught. The fear of any great zombie movie are the numbers that they travel in, not the individual zombie.
This movie breaks the grounds of what a horror movie is. In fact I would hate to work at Blockbuster when this movie came out. What does it get classified under? Horror or comedy. This movie successfully achieves the best of both. Many horror movies have tried to do this, (Anyone remember Wes Cravens' Vampire in Brooklyn) but failed miserably. This movie had the scares, and gore to keep the horror side of me happy, while still making me laugh hysterically. (Think of Frosted Mini-Wheats)
The acting, editing, writing and FX were top notch. Where did the director, or any of the actor's come from? First time up to bat , and they get a home run. Quite impressive. Sadly, I am now down to the can giving. While it has been a good run tearing down movies, and awarding good ones their 4 cans, but there comes a time in every reviewers life when he has to do it. This movie is Rufus' first 5 can movie!!!!!!
For this special occasion I asked the star of the movie Simon Pegg (Shaun) to say a little something about this special occasion and what it meant to him, to which he replied, "Who the hell is Rufus, and Bumscorner.com? How'd you get my number? Take those five cans and shove um' up your bum."
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** All quotes, and the fact that Rufus is big enough to know any stars is completely false. Sure, he believes that Dick Van Patton installed his cable, but these are not the collective beliefs of Bumscorner.com **
5 cans out of 5
Added: Saturday, April 09, 2005
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