Shaun of the Dead Sunday, 29 March 2020

Shaun of the Dead

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Medium level violence, medium level coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A slice of fried gold.

  • Starring:

    Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Peter Serafinowicz, Penelope Wilton, Nicola Cunningham, Bill Nighy, Trisha Goddard, Jeremy Thompson, Vernon Kay, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Martin Freeman, Reece Shearsmith, Jessica Hynes

  • Directed by:

    Edgar Wright

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People/zombies are shot, shot at, attacked, bitten, punched, kicked, impaled, stabbed, hit with objects, slapped, beaten, eviscerated, dismembered, hit by cars. A man points his fingers at his forehead and makes a shooting gesture. Reckless driving, vehicle collisions, smashed windscreen. Television footage of animals eating other animals. A man rips a bird's head off (implied). Debris, smashed objects, burning objects. Mexican standoff. Being mugged, murder, suicide mentioned. Reference to paedophilia. Screaming. Blood/gore: Heaps of blood, flesh wounds, blood splatter, missing/dismembered limbs, glazed eyeballs, lifeless skin, entrails, cannibalism. Bloody scratches, grazes, bandage, sling, blood on objects. Body bag, corpses, body on stretcher. Mutilated remains mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Porn mentioned.Naked man (no genitals seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots), inebriation. Smoking. Dealing drugs, selling weed, crackhead, drug addicts mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, n-word. Name-calling. Slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Obscene finger gesture. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, genre, cultural, age, homosexual stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Zombies, the apocalypse, friends, family, relationships, step-fathers/sons, slackers, impersonations, promises, survival, evacuation, GM crops, invasion, lock-ins, gaming, media, head-removing, brain-destroying, cannibalism, texting, White Lines, electro, ice-cream.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mother, deceased step-father. Deceased father, shot sister mentioned. A boyfriend is dumped. Pig snacks eaten. Dog, pigeons. Toilet, farting, saliva.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fresh, inventive, hilarious, fast-paced, satirical, anarchic, witty, original, cheeky, cultish. Tight script, innately British. Gory without being overly gruesome. Improves upon subsequent viewings. Subtle, cleverly constructed humour. Terrific cast, authentic performances.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Suffers lag. Poorly placed reference to child molestation.

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