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Old 10-27-09, 08:11 PM
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Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29



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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

First time viewing for me. I did enjoy the movie, though I thought I'd like it more, considering how popular it is with folks. The first part of the movie seemed really "slow" to me. Guess I'm accustomed to most horror films pulling you in quickly, this one had a hard time doing that.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

^ I honestly think the movie plays better with multiple viewings. I was slightly underwhelmed the first time I saw it based on the hype, but I now consider it a favorite.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

^^ I thought the opening scene was brilliant! Yes, it's slower than most horror though.

Of course, I could be misremembering, haven't watched it this year yet.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

I watched this for the first time last night and must say, I was a little disappointed in it. I had heard so many good things about it, maybe my expectations were just too high. I amost turned it off within the first thirty minutes, but stuck with it and it did get better once the zombie action started. I'll give it another shot some day and maybe I'll enjoy it a little more.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

I've found this film does improve with repeat viewings. Because the movie is a little schizophrenic, nobody's expectations are met the first time.

I'll take the opposite tack ... I actually thought the first half was better than the second half ... but that is the problem I have (don't get me wrong, I still like this film). The first half of the film, as well as the marketing of, portray it as a spoof of zombie films ... then, somewhere along the way, the movie loses its way and becomes the very thing that it was poking fun at.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

I'll agree that this movie does get a lot better with repeated viewings, much like Hot Fuzz. I didn't like either movie all that much but after rewatching them both more times than I can count they have become favorites of mine.

The jukebox scene with Queen is pretty much perfect.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

Originally Posted by takingchase
The jukebox scene with Queen is pretty much perfect.
That and the scene where they're throwing albums at the zombies are my two favorites.
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

I tip my hat to the production of the DVD. There are two audio commentary tracks, plus a pop-up trivia track (the most interesting of the three, IMHO). There are deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes materials, etc. To be a single-disc release, they packed quite a lot of material into this. Not being a major zombie (or even horror) fan, most of the references throughout the film were lost on me, but my wife (who grew up loving the genre) still lights up at things that I had to have explained to me. (Best bit: Nick Frost's so-low-key-you-could-miss-it, "We're coming to get you, Barbara.")
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Re: Shaun of the Dead reviews/discussion - 2009 DVDTalk Horror Challenge Day 29

Originally Posted by MinLShaw
I tip my hat to the production of the DVD. There are two audio commentary tracks, plus a pop-up trivia track (the most interesting of the three, IMHO). There are deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes materials, etc. To be a single-disc release, they packed quite a lot of material into this. Not being a major zombie (or even horror) fan, most of the references throughout the film were lost on me, but my wife (who grew up loving the genre) still lights up at things that I had to have explained to me. (Best bit: Nick Frost's so-low-key-you-could-miss-it, "We're coming to get you, Barbara.")
I've only watched it thrice now, so couldn't bear to miss anything and watch the commentaries just yet. But now I'm ready to delve into the special features. I agree, a very nice looking DVD package.

Watching this closely after seeing Zombieland just further cements Zombieland as merely above average to me. For horror comedy, it's hard to beat Shaun of the Dead.

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