Episode 12, December 23, 2016: Shaun of the Dead

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This week we delve into the Pegg/Wright classic, Shaun of the Dead. We attack the true questions of the film including how big of a role did the Romero zombie play, their use of foreshadowing throughout the movie, and, most importantly, if dog's can look up.


Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.



Show Notes:


2DudeReview - Episode 12: Shaun of the Dead

I. Introduction
- Discuss site, Twitter, etc.

Ia. Our bet for the picture

II. First Impressions of Shaun of the Dead

III. Origin & tidbits

- Written by Simon Pegg and Edward Wright while they were working on the British TV show Spaced.
- The movie was inspired the Spaced episode Art, written by Pegg and directed by Wright.
- The episode featured Pegg's character taking amphetamines and playing Resident Evil 2 and hallucinating he is in a zombie apocolypse. Since both were fans of the Romero Dawn of the Dead movies, they decided to make the concept into a movie.
- Ed (Nick Frost) was also in Spaced. The other members of the cast were from other British sitoms such as Spaced, Black Books, and The Office. All of these can be seen when Shaun and Liz run into their alternate gang later in the film.
- The movie was filmed in London on location and in a studio.
- Pegg and Wright also scripted a single comic titled "There's Something About Mary" that follows Mary's story.
- Part of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy along with Hot Fuzz and The World's End. Shaun of the Dead featured a strawberry-flavourend Cornett signifying blood and gore. Hot Fuzz had the original blue Cornetto to represent the police elements. Finally, The World's End features the green mint chocolate chip flavour representing "little green men" and science fiction.
- They arranged a private viewing for George Romero who was oblivious to the line, "We're coming to get you Barbara," as one of his from Night of the Living Dead. Wright had to explain it to him.
- Romero was impressed and asked Pegg and Wright to appear as cameos in Land of the Dead. They played zombies. Pegg and Frost reprised their roles in the Phineas and Ferb Halloween special.
- Quentin Tarantino said it was one of his top twenty movies to come out since 1992.
- Shaun told Liz he is going to take her to "the place that does all the fish" and when he opesn the phonebook is is called, "The Place That Does All the Fish."
- Shaun chastises Ed for calling them zombie as homage to them never being called zombies in Night of the Living Dead or Resident Evil.
- Another Romero homage comes with them only paying one pound to the non-featured extras in the movie. Romero paid his zombie extras one dollar for Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.
- They never explain the cause of the outbreak. It get interrupted each time.
- The rifle above the bar is a Winchester model 66, the same weapon used in the Night of the Living Dead and its remake.
- They kicked around doing a sequel but decided against it. The proposed title was From Dusk til Shaun.
- The phrase "fried gold," which is used several times, originated in Spaced.
- Edgar Wright's mother used to call him pickle so that is how that ended up in the movie.
- The two songs that play on random from the jukebox are "If you Leave Me Now" and "Don't Stop me Now".
- According to Wright, Ed foreshadows the entire next day when he tries to convice Shaun to keep drinking. They have a bloody Mary (Mary, the checkout woman), a bite at the King's head (Philip), couple (David and Di), little princess (Liz), stagger back (the zombies), bar for shots (the firing Winchester rifle).
- Loads of foreshadowing: "hey, you're dead"; "if you want to live like an animal, go live in the shed"; "next time I see him, he's dead"; etc.
- A special feature of the DVD shows that Dianne lives when she runs out after David by making it through the zombies, climbs a tree, passes out, wakes up to total silence, and goes to live with her aunt.

IV. Our notes on Shaun of the Dead

V. How rotten is Shaun of the Dead? Shaun of the Dead was given an % by Rotten Tomatoes. Do the following films fall higher or lower than %?

VI. Mention next film, plus reiterate the Web site and social media feeds

VII. Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A
Brian's Grade: A+
Karina's Grade: A+