I like British dark comedies like in the TV Series “The IT Crowd” or “Come Fly with me“, they are the antidote to the cliche comedy that Hollywood churns out nonstop. Today on a friend’s recommendation, I watched the British film Shaun of the Dead (2004), that has become a cult classic – it is a perfect example of the genre that in recent years became famous in Tamil Cinema too, the Horror Comedy – this film seems to be the pioneer and has set a gold standard on how to do it right.
The story is a simple one, on how Shaun, a lazy London salesman, his dysfunctional roommate, Shaun’s girlfriend and her friends, and, Shaun’s parents all handle a zombie uprising in their neighbourhood. The brilliance of Director Edgar Wright, is in how he presents something that is to be scary, very differently. A thread of comedy combined with absurdity runs throughout, which keeps us entertained.
Unbelievable what a good story, great screenplay and correct casting can achieve even for a low budget film. Highly recommended, watch it.