Shaun of the Dead
Rotting corpses, blood and guts are all unpleasant yet these elements are essential to any great horror film. Spoofing of horror films became popular in the year 2000 with films like Scary Movie that added ironic comedy and exaggerated plots to the gory slayings of serial killers and psychopaths. Most recently, zombies are all the rage. Zombies have hit the media full force with films and shows such as Zombie Land, 28 Days Later, I am legend, The Walking Dead, and World War Z. Shaun of the Dead is a British horror movie spoof about a unambitious 29 year old man, Shaun, who is trying to turn his life around and save the love of his life and his mum from a zombie apocalypse. The producers of Shaun of the Dead incorporate horror, comedy, and romance genres for an unforgettable and relatable plot. In this paper, I will discuss the neurological characteristics of the movie’s main characters, diagnose the zombies, and high light the inaccuracies of the film. In the opening scene of Shaun of the Dead, Shaun is dazing in and out of consciousness, not paying attention to the imperative conversation happening in front of him. Liz, Shaun’s girlfriend, gives him an ultimatum of getting serious about their relationship after three years or ending it. Liz complains that she wants more adventure, commitment, and for Shaun to stop wasting his life away with his equally unambitious friend, Ed. Liz is tired of being dragged to the local pub, Winchesters, where Shaun took her for their anniversary (and where their conversation took place). Shaun, still spacing in and out, doesn’t take the situation serious and barely pays attention to what Liz is trying to convey to him. Shaun blatantly insults Liz’s roommates not taking notice that they are sitting across from him. Shaun eventually focuses his attention and promises his girlfriend that he will make dinner reservations at a nice...
References: Pegg, S., Ashfield, K., Davis, L., Frost, N., Moran, D., Nighy, B., Wilton, P. (2004). Shaun of the dead. Universal City, CA: Universal.
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