If, like us, you missed this when it first came out, you can now get one of last year’s funniest horror films on video, at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca

Our original discussion (sans review) appears here. My review follows.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info:

Director: Edgar Wright
Writers:Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright.

Features:

Simon Pegg…Shaun
Kate Ashfield…Liz
Nick Frost…Ed
Lucy Davis…Dianne

Dylan Moran…David
Nicola Cunningham…Mary

Premise:

Slacker Shaun’s lousy week only turns worse when the recently deceased return as flesh-eating zombies.

I hate when that happens.

High Points:

1. The amount of time that passes during which Shaun remains hilariously oblivious to the zombie epidemic.

2. The epilogue, which contains some of the funniest onscreen moments of last year.

Low Point:

The number of times the zombies remain inexplicably at bay so that dialogue and moments of plot development can occur.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6 This is the latest take on Night of the Living Dead, but it may be the best since the ‘68 original.

Effects: 5/6. Disgustingly effective.

Story: 4/6:

Acting: 6/6: Everyone in this film gives natural performances. The cast remains convincing and comic in the face of terror, even when script developments seem forced.

Production: 5/6. Effective low-budget.

Emotional Response: 5/6 Funny, though repulsive in places.

Overall: 5/6.

In total, Shaun of the Dead receives 33/42.