Now, before you scream BUT IT’S A COMEDY!! let us explain our inclusion of Edgar Wright’s SHAUN OF THE DEAD in our Halloween countdown. Yes, the movie is hilarious but it also displays a masterful grasp of the fear aesthetic. Once the blood and guts start to flow it manages to make you care about the characters and it is genuinely moving when the deaths finally arrive.
What the movie also achieved was to create a new genre – the RomZomCom (Romantic Zombie Comedy) and it’s legacy has lived on to this day with the horror world still trying to replicate it’s winning formula with mixed results. What works so well is the chemistry between Simon Pegg’s Shaun and Nick Frost’s Ed, as does Edgar Wright’s editing style (familiar to anybody who has seen the amazing SPACED) which has become a familiar trademark for the director. Once the finale kicks in you can see the influence of movies such as George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and this helps to confirm it’s status as a great horror movie, alongside the slap-stick humour and dead-pan humour of course.
Director: Edgar Wright
Most gruesome scene
As out heroes are holed up in their favourite pub, a key member of the clan has their innards unceremoniously removed by a horde of marauding zombies.