Shaun of the Dead

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The dangers of parody lie in that overbearing humor can truly be too stupid.

Take, for instance, recent horror flicks which have done injustice to their predecessors leaving a burning trail of shame. However, the British have constructed the cure for the common catastrophe.

"Shaun of the Dead" is a hilarious horror spoof combining blood and brains to delight the audience. More than just dead men walking, this movie proves that intelligence and idiocy can be coupled with morbidity and mayhem.

Director Edgar Wright does a fine job of merging comedy with horror. His style of quick, cutting camera shots with sharp, sound interludes enables the movie to flow along.

This is brilliantly displayed in his expediency through bathroom scenes where a swift zip, flush, and wash firmly establishes the point.

The movie evolves with Shaun personified as terminal loser. Despite being the kind-hearted British bloke, he's stuck in a dead-end job coupled with involvement in a relationship which he is extremely commitment- phobic.

He realizes a change needs to be made, but is just too mild-mannered to accomplish such a feat of great worth.

However, all that changes once he realizes a zombie infestation is plaguing the nation. Wielding the ever-mighty cricket bat, he sets out to destroy every evil entity along the way.

From there, he embarks on a noble quest to rescue his mother, save his beloved girl, and culminate at the sacred tavern known as the Winchester.

Simon Pegg does a wonderful job displaying the lead character Shaun. Hindered in a quagmire of difficulties, he puts aside the timidity and recognizes self-assertion when faced with a world of horror.

The undead do not faze him and he becomes the classic hero for which demons do truly shudder. He is sweet, lovable, and embodies bravery...