Sociological Issues: Shaun of the Dead

Topics: Night of the Living Dead, Horror film, Land of the Dead Pages: 3 (1219 words) Published: October 29, 2013


20 June 2013
Shaun of the Dead: Sociological Theories through a famous RomZomCom There are not many movies I can say that I have watched as much as I have the now cult classic film-Shaun of the Dead. This movie combined romance, zombies and comedy (hence the RomZomCom abbreviation) all into one epic film! Shaun is a satire/parody based off of Zombie King Director, George Romero’s 1968 hit, Night of the Living Dead. Zombie fiction, movies, pictures, costumes and makeup have always been a fascination of mine since childhood. I correlate my living dead fixation to my current profession as a funeral director. Death becomes me. I am acquainted and aware of it. I think people like zombie movies because in a zombie catastrophe, everybody is equal. There are no social classes anymore. It’s a reset of our system. Everyone is fighting for the same purpose: to survive. Along with identifying sociological theories properly, Shaun of the Dead is my go-to flick for instant laughs, memorable dialogue and kind of a way to daydream and escape reality for 90 minutes. Is the character of a person exposed during catastrophe? For the likable, but out-of-luck loser, Shaun, that moment of time came when the dead rose from their resting spots to feast on the flesh of the living! Shaun is an electronics store employee who spends most of his extra time downing pints at the local pub with his sloppy roommate, Ed. Shaun's life seems to fall apart when he is dumped by his girlfriend, Liz and his obnoxious stepfather, Philip shows up to criticize him for not being more attentive to his child-like mother, Barbara. Things take a turn for the worse when the dead return to roam the Earth, and though the pandemonium that follows threatens to swallow up all of England, Shaun steps it up and proves himself once and for all by successfully rescuing Liz and his ‘mum’ (Yes, this is a British film). With ol Ed by his side, nothing - not even the living dead - can stand between Shaun and the...

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