This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 24:
24) Shaun of the Dead (3 votes, 117 points)
As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in pie. And there’s an “I” in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team… I don’t know what he’s talking about.
Chris: I mentioned earlier in the list breakdown that I preferred Hot Fuzz to this, but it’s pretty damn close. What really makes this work for me is the banter. Sure, the world’s gone to shit and everyone’s turning into zombies and getting their heads blown off, but it still seems so fun, you know?
The choice of quote up top is also a close one. I’m always a fan of diatribes that go off the rails, but I also enjoy Shaun learning about the meaning of “exacerbate” and then applying it later in the same movie.
Thanks to the usual work of Pegg and Frost in the lead roles and Wright’s frenetic directing style, Shaun of the Dead succeeds on a number of levels. Even though it didn’t kill at the box office, it did well enough to make a big return on its modest budget. And while it’s easy to let this movie get lost in the shuffle of pervasive zombie media these days, let’s not forget that it was released in 2004, long before The Walking Dead had cornered the market.
Cary: I’m not a fan of zombie films. But if I had to choose a single one worth watching, it’d be Shaun of the Dead. To a certain degree, there’s something about it that feel so much more real than your typical zombie flick. And maybe that’s just because I’m pretty sure that if I was stuck in a zombie apocalypse, using humor to manage the situation (along with a s***ton of baseball bats) would be the only way I’d stay sane. Plus, I’d likely use f*** a lot, so…y’know. Toats real.
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