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'''''Shaun of the Dead''''' is a "{{romantic comedy}}, [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies with zombies]]". A "Rom-Zom-Com", if you will. It was directed by Creator/EdgarWright and stars Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost.

A young man named Shaun is dumped by his girlfriend Liz because he is unmotivated and doesn't put enough effort into the relationship. Shaun decides to reform in order to win her back. His plans, however, are interrupted by the ZombieApocalypse. He and his even more deadbeat friend, Ed, go and rescue Shaun's mother, Shaun's stepfather, Liz and Liz's annoying flatmates and take them to the safety of the [[MyLocal local pub]], ''The Winchester''.

Alternately hilarious, scary, and heartbreaking, it can be seen as either a parody of zombie movies or a romantic comedy that happens to use a ZombieApocalypse as its setting.

First part of Wright's "Film/BloodAndIceCreamTrilogy", followed by ''Film/HotFuzz'' and ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AbandonedPlayground: The group comes across one of these on their way to the Winchester.
* ActionSurvivor: Most members of the group survive by sheer luck, although Shaun and Liz stand out in particular.
* AllThereInTheManual:
** A British magazine published three short tie in comics that explain a few off scene events that tie up loose ends in the story, like, how did Shaun shake the zombies after leading them away from the pub? How did Ed end up [[spoiler:in Shaun's tool shed]]? And what exactly happened to Dianne? These stories were inserted into the DVD complete with narrations by the characters.
** Also, Mary, the zombie girl in the garden, has her own back-story which was published in ''2000AD'' as a tie-in.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Invoked in-universe, as Shaun and Ed make up stories about the barflies, casting them in roles like mobsters and ex-prostitutes.
* [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie And Then]] [[spoiler:[[AndThenJohnWasAZombie Ed]]]] [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie Was A Zombie]] [[spoiler:[[AndThenJohnWasAZombie At The End]]]]
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:Shaun apologizes to his zombified mother when he prepares a mercy kill: "Sorry, mum..."]]
** Played for laughs when Shaun and Ed are planning how to rescue their friends and families. Philip, Shaun's stepdad dies in all three iterations of the plan, with the apology getting less and less sincere with each iteration.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:David]], who's been a useless, annoying twat towards the gang, finally pushes it by goading Shaun after he just had to [[spoiler:kill his own mum]]. Not too long after, he tries to leave the pub and gets ripped apart for his troubles. There's a deleted scene in which he apologizes before he dies, at least.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: Used a few times, once by Ed and another using the TV.
* BarBrawl: With zombies.
%%* BarrierBustingBlow
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Only Shaun (who is hardly a beauty) gets really roughed up after spending the day in a pub fighting zombies. The director's commentary confirms the make-up artist specifically wanted Kate Ashfield to look clean and lovely 'til the end.
* BetaCouple: Dianne and David. [[spoiler:'Til death do they part.]]
* BloodyHandprint: Two of the clues of the zombie apocalypse that Shaun overlooks.
* BloodyHilarious: After all, it is a BlackComedy featuring zombies.
* BigStupidDoodooHead:
-->'''David''': We should have stayed at the flat.\\
'''Ed''': Why didn't you?\\
'''David''': (pointing at Shaun) Because... because, because of... ({{beat}}) "Captain Wow."
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Though his mother, stepfather ([[DyingDeclarationOfLove with whom he reconciled]]) and best friend have turned into zombies and he's killed his mother, Shaun survives the zombie attack, gets back together with his girlfriend and retrieves zombie Ed to play video games with in the shed.]]
* BrickJoke:
** Shaun threw the flowers he bought for his mum into the trashcan just outside the Winchester during the first act. They're the first thing to fall out when David dumps it. Shaun's mum picks them up and notices the tag on them, figuring Shaun had bought them for her.
** First Shaun fails at [[BalconyEscape climbing Liz' balcony]], but later during the Zombie Apocalypse, he successfully pulls the stunt.
* ButtMonkey: Shaun, David, and Pete get the worst of these moments. [[spoiler:David and Pete die.]]
* TheCameo:
** A fantastically in-jokey scene where the gang run into a [[SimilarSquad very similar gang]] headed by Shaun's friend Yvonne (played by Jessica Hynes, Creator/SimonPegg's co-star and co-writer on ''Series/{{Spaced}}''). The alternative gang are all played by well-known British comedy actors (Creator/MartinFreeman from ''Series/TheOfficeUK'', Tamsin Grieg from ''Series/BlackBooks'', Matt Lucas from ''LittleBritain'', Reece Shearsmith from ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' and Julia Deakin from ''Series/{{Spaced}}'') even though they're only on screen for seconds. They synchronise man-for-man with Shaun's gang. The implication is that Yvonne's the [[HeroOfAnotherStory main character in a movie with a much higher budget]], or at least with a smarter lead character.
** All of the TV presenters & news reporters seen when Shaun's flipping through the channels are actual TV presenters & news reporters from the UK. {{Coldplay}} also appear briefly in the sequence at the end of the film being interviewed.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:When things are [[DarkestHour at their bleakest]], the Army shows up, and blows away every zombie in sight.]]
* ChekhovsGag: Several.
* ChekhovsGun:
** Literally, in the form of a Winchester rifle behind the bar that the characters mention and wonder if it works. [[spoiler:It does.]]
** The car's child locks first annoy Shaun but later prove to be a life saver when they help keeping the zombified step-dad arrested in the car.
** The pack of cigarettes that Shaun left at Liz' place and which pop up again at the end to be used for OneLastSmoke.
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Most of the zombies appear as background characters before they become zombies (such as the groom in the shop, who reappears in Shaun's house sans an arm).
** [[spoiler:One scene has Shaun telling Yvonne they're heading to the Winchester. Cue the finale, and she's the one leading the rescue cavalry to him.]]
** Pete is a ChekhovsGunman and a ChekhovsBoomerang: Not only does he [[spoiler:become a zombie and try to kill Shaun, but he also returns for the final battle at the Winchester, infecting Ed. His very reappearance is enough to earn a PrecisionFStrike from Shaun.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Dianne is a failed actress, but her experience [[ThePowerofActing comes in handy]] when [[spoiler:she has to instruct the group in pretending to be zombies]].
** Subverted with Ed. His ego-shooter skills are shown to be excellent. However, he is not able to transfer this skill into real life when being handed a rifle to protect the group from zombies at the pub.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: All throughout the movie, Barbara remains rather blithely unaware of everything that is happening around her. [[spoiler:Halfway through the movie, however, this could be seen as her trying not to worry Shaun about the fact that she got bitten.]]
* ClusterFBomb:
** Shaun (hilariously) drops one on Ed, after getting fed up with his constant mobile usage, ''in front of a zombie crowd''. For their part, the zombies just stare, possibly just as surprised as everyone else at the outburst.
** Pete drops one when he's woken up by Shaun and Ed's "stupid hip hop" four hours before he has to go to work.
* CommanderContrarian: David, who does very little ''but'' naysay Shaun's ideas. He's quite often [[JerkassHasAPoint got a point]], but he's still not good at offering any constructive alternatives or keeping people's morale up.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The poster seen in the page image above shows Shaun on an Underground train full of zombies. The Underground isn't seen at all in the film. It's meant to convey the theme of people such as Shaun living their lives like zombies before the zombie outbreak occurs.
* CoolCar: The Jag. To the point that Ed deliberately wrecks the car that he and Shaun had been using, so that they'd be forced to drive it.
* DeadpanSnarker: David
* DeathByPragmatism
* DespairEventHorizon: When the last few survivors get to the Winchester's cellar and [[spoiler:find the hatch to the street inoperable, Shaun has a HeroicBSOD, then the talk stops being about escape and starts being about ending it quickly]].
* DistaffCounterpart: Yvonne seems to be one for Shaun. (See TheCameo above)
* DramaticGunCock: David on [[spoiler:Shaun's mum]] in the pub.
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe; Barbara is ''not'' impressed when Shaun tries to turn her against Philip by claiming "he touched me."
-->'''Shaun:''' ...That wasn't true. Made it up. Shouldn't have done that, sorry.
* DwindlingParty: By the end of the movie, [[spoiler:only two of the eight team members are still alive]].
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Shaun is given one by his dying step-dad.
* EasilyOverheardConversation: Liz calls Dianne and David "a failed actress and a twat" while both are in earshot.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Parodied. The flatmates Shaun, Ed and Pete and respectively Liz, Di and David went to school together.
* FailedASpotCheck:
** As a result of being severely hungover, Shaun goes to get some breakfast from the bodega across the street and utterly fails to notice the Zombie Apocalypse raging around him.
** Also, when checking the street:
-->'''Ed''': Are there any out there, though?\\
'''Shaun''': Can't see any. Maybe it's not as bad as all that. ({{beat}}) Oh, no, there they are.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: So very, very much, once you know where to look... See IronicEcho below.
** According to WordOfGod in the DVD commentary, when Ed attempts to cheer Shaun up at the Winchester with plans of binge drinking, he is actually summarizing the events of the next day (Z-day) entirely in drinking references. "Bloody Mary" - Checkout Girl, "Bite at the king's head" - Phillip, "Couple" - David and Di, "Little Princess" - Liz, "Stagger back" - impersonate zombies, "Bar For Shots" - firing rifle.
** Pete warns Ed to stop leaving the front door open. Guess what uses it as a way in later?
** Shaun tells the football kid "you're dead" and Ed says Pete's dead the next time he sees him. Guess who later turn up as zombies.
** Ed's plan to cheer Shaun up after [[spoiler:Liz dumps him]] perfectly mirrors the events after the zombies attack.
** Barbara is complimented on her [[PretendWereDead zombie impression]], but reveals she was actually just not paying attention. This might be because [[spoiler:[[ZombieInfectee she had just been bitten]].]] On a similar note, look carefully at Barbara in the background in some scenes. [[spoiler:She's wincing in pain and looking at her wrist.]]
** When Pete is ranting at Ed for keeping him awake with his electro music, he drops the line "You want to live like an animal? [[spoiler:Go live in the ''shed'', you thick fuck!]]" When we last see Ed, [[spoiler:he's a chained-up zombie living in Shaun's shed indefinitely]].
* FreezeFrameBonus: Shaun tells Liz that he's going to take her to "the place that does all the fish". When he opens the phone book you can see that the restaurant is literally called 'The Place That Does All the Fish'.
* FullFrontalAssault: [[spoiler:Pete is completely naked as a zombie, having transformed during a shower. He shows up in the film's climax to bite Ed.]]
* GenreBlindness: For a long time, Shaun and Ed are oblivious to the zombie invasion going on. When confronted with the Zombie girl in the backyard, they mistake her for being drunk.
* GilliganCut: Twice.
** Shaun grimly looking at the knife in his hand and then over to his infected step-dad. The audience knows, a MercyKill is immanent. Cut to them all leaving the house together, Shaun visibly bitter about his lack of courage.
** David: "You're not suggesting we walk [to the pub]?" Cut to the group doing exactly that.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Shaun and Ed bludgeoning the zombies in the garden.
* GoshDangitToHeck: The DVD includes an extra scene named "Funky Pete" with the swearing removed to show the film on commercial flights, with mixed success: "It's four in the funking morning!"
** "What a ''prink''!"
* GrayRainOfDepression: It starts raining immediately after Liz dumps Shaun.
* GreenEyedMonster: David is not-so-secretly in love with Liz and is deeply jealous of Shaun for being with her.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: This is how the group prepares for the Zombie BarBrawl.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: As [[spoiler:David]] is torn apart by zombies, his legs come off and are then used as clubs.
* HeadbuttOfLove: A platonic version between Shaun and Ed before Shaun and Liz make their escape.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler:David, who was an asshole the entire movie, and is totally unsympathetic to Shaun having to kill his own mother]], is killed rather gruesomely before he gets a chance to apologize. There ''was'' an alternate version of the scene where he's killed just ''after'' he apologizes, but the creators decided it was more shocking if he never redeemed himself. People in the test audiences ''cheered.''
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The doppelganger group led by Jessica Stevenson.
* HeroicBSOD: Shaun has one, [[spoiler:when the talk stops being about escape and starts being about ending it quickly]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Shaun and Ed. [[spoiler:Life and death partners, anyway.]]
-->'''David''': It wasn't me blowing our cover by arguing with my boyfriend.\\
'''Shaun''': He's not my boyfriend.\\
'''Ed''': (handing pint) Might be a bit warm, the cooler's off.\\
'''Shaun''': Thanks, babe.
* {{Homage}}: The Romero and Russo zombie movies, particularly [[spoiler:David's death scene, modeled off the death of [[strike:Captain Rhodes]] Rickles and Torrez in ''DayOfTheDead''.]]
** Also, the line: "We're coming to get you, Barbara!" from ''NightOfTheLivingDead''. Which Romero didn't notice or recognise as a reference.
* HumansAreBastards: The stupid tasks [[spoiler: they give the remaining zombies after the living take the world back shows that no one really cares about disposing of once living people in a more dignified way]].
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Everyone is in this mode on reaching the Winchester.
* IgnoredVitalNewsReports: When Shaun wakes up in the morning he changes the channel every time a news bulletin shows up. Said news bulletins [[NewsMonopoly finish each others' sentences]] ([[ContrivedCoincidence even when switching to and from non-news channels]]), all talking about the dead coming back from the grave.
* ImmediateSelfContradiction: Shaun berating his co-worker for not being able to keep work and social life apart. Ring! Liz is on the phone and wants to talk to Shaun.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The zombie girl in the backyard and again the zombie grandpa wearing a robe.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Averted as Shaun has never handled a rifle before, and his accuracy suffers accordingly.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Played absolutely straight in that the heroes use anything they can get their hands on to fend off the zombies, starting with the use of Shaun's record collection against two zombies in his garden.
** When given a Swingball to fend off a zombie, Shaun's first instinct is to use it as a EpicFlail... and the tennis ball bounces pathetically off its head. Cue Di and Liz making stabbing motions.
* InfantImmortality: Averted through a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you-miss-it]] family running from their zombified mother, who proceeds to drag her son back into the house. Additionally, the football-kicking child doesn't escape zombification either.
* InsistentTerminology: It's not hip-hop, it's electro.
** He's not my dad, he's my [[WickedStepmother step-dad]].
** And of course, We're NotUsingTheZWord.
* InspirationalInsult: An angry rant by Pete, the main character's frustrated roommate (even more frustrated than usual after having been unknowingly bitten by a zombie and having his dumb flatmates play records extremely loudly in the wee hours of the morning), ends on "Sort your fucking life out, mate!" The next morning, "Sort your life out" is on Shaun's to-do list, and becomes the film's theme.
* {{Irony}}: After getting sick of constantly going to the Winchester, Liz finally breaks up with Shaun. Cue the apocalypse the next day, and Liz soon finds herself heading to the Winchester with Shaun. Even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] viciously:
-->'''David''': How can you trust a man you binned for being unreliable? A man whose idea of a romantic nightspot and an impenetrable fortress are the same thing?
* IronicEcho: Basically the whole first half of the movie foreshadows the second half (after the ZombieApocalypse occurs), ranging from obvious "Next time I see him, he's dead!" to the early scene in The Winchester in which Ed - unwittingly - predicts the events of the entire movie:
-->"First thing tomorrow, we'll have a Bloody Mary ([[spoiler:Kill the girl in the garden, whose name ''was'' Mary]]), grab a bite at the King's Head ([[spoiler:Go get Shaun's stepfather Phil, who then was bitten on his neck by a zombie]]), have a couple at the Little Princess ([[spoiler:Couple=Dave and Dianne, little princess=Liz]]), stagger back ([[spoiler:Impersonate zombies]]), then come back to the bar for shots." ([[spoiler:shooting scene in The Winchester.]])
** [[RunningGag "You've got red on you."]] (Referring first to the ink leaking out of the red pen in Shaun's shirt pocket, then to the blood spattered across him.)
** The scenes with Yvonne also apply, with the mention of "Surviving" and "I'm glad somebody made it".
** The scene at the beginning of the movie where Ed is playing a game with Shaun giving him help. Later on in the movie ([[spoiler:during the bar shooting scene]]) Ed gives the same directions to Shaun.
** When Shaun first goes to the shop, he picks up a Diet Coke, changes his mind and gets a normal Coke instead. The next time, after deciding to sort his life out, he does the opposite.
** In the scene where Pete rages at Ed and Shaun for their late-night music-fest:
--> '''Pete:''' "You want to live like an animal?! [[spoiler:GO LIVE IN THE SHED, YOU THICK FUCK!]]"
** Many of the shots from the TV montage during the intro are mirrored later on, such as [[spoiler:the game show being replicated with zombies, and the couple on Trisha reappearing with one of them a zombie.]]
** The gang are cut off from The Winchester by a horde of zombies (who haven't detected them yet due to an intervening fence) and they start bickering with each other out of frustration. One character says "We're not going to get out of this by moaning". [[spoiler:Minutes later, that's exactly how they are trying to get out of it, by impersonating zombies.]]
** When Shaun is getting ready to go to work at the beginning of the movie, he uses the toilet and checks himself in the mirror. After, he adjusts the mirror to find an angry Pete standing behind him. [[spoiler:Later on, before Shaun and Ed prepare to leave the flat, Shaun goes to use the bathroom and checks himself in the mirror. Then he adjusts it to find the silhouette of Zombie Pete behind the shower curtain.]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne:
-->'''Liz''': What, you want to hang out with ''my'' friends? A failed actress and a twat?
-->'''Shaun''': Well, that's a bit harsh.
-->'''Liz''': Your words, Shaun!
-->'''Shaun''': I did '''not''' call Dianne a failed actress!
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: [[spoiler:David]]'s last hop over the MoralEventHorizon is when he panics and pulls the trigger on [[spoiler:Shaun]]. *Click*. ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: [[spoiler:Ed at the end.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Ed and David, most notably.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ed is a biblical pain in the arse, but he's the one who tries to cheer Shaun up when he's dumped and [[spoiler:makes the HeroicSacrifice for him at the end.]]
* JerkassHasAPoint:
** David, a few times. He's right that Shaun [[IndyPloy hasn't really thought his "plan" through at all]], and that they'll just end up "sitting in the dark eating peanuts". Crowning example is his [[spoiler:preparing to shoot Barbara as she's dying from a zombie bite, saying they have to do something before she revives and tries to kill all of them.]] After a rather heated and tense stand-off, Liz notes that she can understand what David is getting at, but he's still being "a twat" all the same.
** Pete is ''still'' an asshole, but wouldn't you be pissed if your roommates were constantly leaving the front door open overnight and playing loud music at four in the morning when you had to work? This is arguably ''why'' Pete is an asshole, since he's clearly long gotten sick of both having Ed mooch around the place leeching off them and making it into a tip without contributing anything to the house in turn (except for a little bit of money he gets from selling weed) and to a lesser extent Shaun's weak-willed refusal to grow up a bit and stop enabling Ed. It's telling that Shaun's epiphany when Pete confronts him with the implication that he keeps hanging around Ed to feel less like a loser and that he should "sort your fucking life out, mate!"
* JugglingLoadedGuns: A running argument between Ed and Shaun on whether or not The Winchester's namesake gun (mounted over the bar) has been deactivated:
--> ''Shaun clubs a zombie with the butt of the Winchester''\\
'''Ed:''' "[[WhyDontYaJustShootHim Why didn't you just shoot him, man?]]"\\
'''Shaun:''' "Ed, for the last time..."\\
''Shaun squeezes the trigger of the gun, and it fires''\\
'''Ed:''' "[[PrecisionFStrike I fucking knew it]]!"
* JustForPun: Compare ''Dawn of the Dead''. (Wright and Pegg freely admit this is an awful gag, but were too attached to it.)
** [[Creator/SimonPegg Pegg]] has also joked about making a sequel - [[Film/FromDuskTillDawn From Dusk Till Shaun.]]
* JustIgnoreIt: Shaun does this when [[spoiler:he fixes a fuse and notices zombies right outside the nearby window; his response is ''to turn off the light and to lower the blinds.'']]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:David is pulled through the window and eaten, ''right'' in the very middle of saying "I'm sorry" to Shaun]].
* KillTheOnesYouLove / StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler:Shaun is forced to shoot Barbara when she becomes a zombie.]]
* KnuckleTattoos: Briefly seen on the bartender at the Winchester.
* LastStand
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: The whole film is a masterclass in this trope.
** All the zoned-out people shown in the opening montage reappear later as zombies.
* TheLoad: Barbara during the ZombieApocalypse, Barbara and Ed in the more mundane aspects of his life. Ed's uselessness is lampshaded by Pete.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: David is at his most obnoxious when he's a) trying to drive a wedge between Shaun and Liz, b) gloating over the fact that they've split up, or c) making extremely feeble denials about having a thing for Liz.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Like a lot of zombie movies, human bodies get torn apart relatively easily.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent[=/=]FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the beginning of the film, there are many, ''many'' obvious hints of the oncoming ZombieApocalypse, but it all takes place in the background while the main focus of the story is on Shaun's mundane, rundown life. Shaun and those around him are completely oblivious to the zombie outbreak until half an hour into the film, when Shaun and Ed ''finally'' decide to pay attention to the news reports... and only after they've unwittingly fought two zombies, wandered around an abandoned London, and [[GenreBlindness obliviously think]] the zombies are drunkards.
* MexicanStandoff: Involving a rifle, two broken bottles, and a corkscrew. And a lampshade.
* MickeyMousing: Happens twice.
** During the intro credits.
** When the heroes are whaling on the bartender to the sound of {{Queen}}.
* MilitariesAreUseless: A memorable aversion, where the military just comes in and mows down the zombies in less than a day, with complete ease and not so much as a single casualty. They rescue the protagonists and peace is quickly restored.
* TheMillstone: Ed, so very very much. David to a lesser extent.
* MirrorScare: Played straight, then echoed. Like everything else in the movie.
* MockingMusic: "Who the 'ell put this on?" "It's on random... *sob*" Used for IronicEcho value. The first time, the hero is bemoaning his girlfriend dumping him when the jukebox has the nerve to play Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now". The second time, the jukebox pipes up with Music/{{Queen}}'s "Don't Stop Me Now!"... as the pub the characters are in is being surrounded by zombies and a loud, fast, pumping rock track seemingly designed to attract their attention is the ''last'' thing the characters want.
* MoodWhiplash: The first half of the film is an affectionate parody/pastiche of the zombie genre, but [[spoiler:everything goes to hell in a grocery trolley when Shaun is forced to kill his own infected mother, David is torn limb from limb and eaten by zombies, Dianne disappears, and Ed becomes a Zombie. Fortunately, Shaun and Liz manage to escape by the skin of their teeth, and Dianne is revealed in a DVD extra to have survived.]]
** The aforementioned [[spoiler:death and zombification of Shaun's mother]] takes place literally five minutes after the "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Don't Stop Me Now]]" sequence.
** It's also done literally: [[spoiler: about to turn into a zombie,]] Philip delivers a touching speech about fatherhood to Shaun, who is moved to tears. Shaun tells Ed to pull over, and he spins the car to a screeching halt. The gang is not pleased.
* MortalWoundReveal: [[spoiler:Barbara's zombie bite.]]
* MyLocal: The Winchester pub.
* MythologyGag: "How's that for a slice of fried gold?", refers to a comment frequently made between members of the ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' production team.
** Tyres from ''Spaced'' is in the crowd of zombies around the Winchester (easily spotted because he's wearing his yellow hat and courier get-up), apparently ''STILL raving''. And the first meeting between Shaun and Yvonne, played by Jessica Stevenson aka Daisy, refers back obliquely to their work on ''Spaced''.
** The entire Zombie episode of ''Series/{{Spaced}}'' (where Tim hallucinates a zombie attack after getting high and playing ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' all night) was apparently the inspiration for the whole movie.
*** Including a throwaway remark about someone getting beaten to death with a pool cue.
** That ice cream 'Cornetto' also appeared in HotFuzz as the blue 'Classico' to represent the police force, and because Shaun of The Dead is themed with blood, Shaun bought a strawberry (red) one, making this the first in the 'Cornetto' or 'Blood & Ice Cream' Trilogy. This also relates to the line "Want anything from the shop?" which appears in both films.
** It's mentioned in the commentary that the location of Shaun and Ed's home is just up the road from Tim and Daisy's. They even speculate that Yvonne and Shaun are some kind of alternate universe's Tim and Daisy.
** The recurring argument that Shaun and Ed often get into about the ability of dogs to look up is apparently based on an actual argument that Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost had during the filming of ''Series/{{Spaced}}''.
** The shopping trolley outside the house was also in ''Series/{{Spaced}}''.
* NewscasterCameo: Several, Jeremy Thompson from Sky getting [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain the best line]].
* NewParentNomenclatureProblem: Has the recurring line, "[[InsistentTerminology He's not my dad, he's my stepdad"]] from Shaun about his stepfather Phillip. It stems from Shaun viewing Phillip as a JerkAss, rather than the JerkWithAHeartOfGold he is. [[spoiler:Before turning into a zombie Phillip tells Shaun he's always loved him and Shaun finally acknowledges Phillip as his dad-with out the "step-dad" qualifier tacked on]].
* NobleShoplifter: Shaun does this unknowingly. When the entire town is deserted, he just goes about his daily business and goes to the convenience store to shop for groceries. When he notices the shopkeeper isn't there, he puts his money on the counter rather than wait for him. He notes that he doesn't quite have enough ("I owe you fifteen p."), and the shopkeeper later comes to collect the rest -- unfortunately, he's a bit dead by that point...
* NonActionGuy: Ed and David, originally ("Feel free to step in at ANY TIME!") - later, all David's attempts to be more "proactive" [[StopHelpingMe go horribly awry]].
* NoodleIncident: Shaun alludes to one where Ed apparently shot his sister in the leg -- hence why Ed is no longer allowed to handle actual firearms.
* NotAZombie: Mary, as well as every other infectee Shaun and Ed meet before.
* NotUsingTheZWord: [[TropeNamers Where the title came from]], and the readiest example.
* NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont: David's first thought when the gun doesn't work. An exasperated Ed points out It Works Better If You Cock It.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Right after Shaun is dumbed by Liz, his mother calls and tells him how she cannot wait to finally meet Liz in person.
* ObstacleExposition: Shaun plots out their every move to Ed once they've realized they're in a Zombie Apocalypse as a monologue over hilarious footage of him carrying out each act, calmly and with panache. As Ed reminds him about something else Shaun amends his previous plan to accommodate it. From then on they, [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee of course]], have trouble each step along the way.
* OhCrap:
** Shaun and Ed in their backyard, when the zombie girl rises from being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice and they finally realize what is going on around them.
** Shaun gets a big one when he turns on the lights and realizes how many zombies are outside the back door.
* OneLastSmoke: Shaun and Liz. [[spoiler:Averted, as the light from the cigarette lighter reveals the controls for the escape hatch they had believed to be jammed.]]
** Liz and Shaun also leave [[spoiler:Ed]] with a cigarette dangling from his lips.
* TheOner: The day of the zombie invasion, when Shaun walks to the corner shop and doesn't notice zombies in the streets and corpses all over, the scene is shot in one long, unbroken take.
* OnlySaneMan: Shaun, once he's convinced himself that, yes, ''it is'' zombies they're dealing with, starts to deal with it pragmatically. Everyone else seems either intent on denying the crisis, in the belief that if they just sit around this silliness will blow over, or going into hysterical and useless rants (Dave). Ed goes too far in the other direction, becoming a bit too keen putting the others in danger for thrills.
** Liz also has her head screwed on fairly well throughout the movie, and In the MexicanStandOff almost everyone else gets into at the climax she's the only one trying to act as the voice of reason by pointing out that they kind of have bigger fish to fry at the moment.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Over the course of the film, it's shown that [[spoiler:they degrade to an animal-like sentience, will still answer to their names, retain certain habits (e.g. Phillip turning off the stereo, that kid playing football, Ed ''playing video games''), and can be trained like domesticated animals, which is a ShoutOut to ''DayOfTheDead''.]]
* PacManFever: Averted in the sense that actual footage of a ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' gaming session being shown. The exception to this was the addition of a voice saying "Player X has joined/left the game", added for [[RuleOfFunny comedic purposes]].
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: [[spoiler:Subverted]] with "Sorry, we're closed."
** [[spoiler:Played straight]] with "OK, John - ''it's time at the bar''."
* PrecisionFStrike: Liz in the Winchester when everyone's got weapons pointed at one another:
--> Please can we just calm the fuck down?!
* PreMortemOneLiner: Subverted. Just as the zombies break into The Winchester, Shaun levels his rifle and says, "Sorry, we're closed!" but the gun jams, prompting a hysterical little squeak of panic from Shaun and several seconds of flustered flapping about from the characters before they can actually start shooting.
** Played straight in one instance: when Pete throws his electro-inspired late-night tantrum and tells Ed to "go and live in the shed", Shaun tells Pete to leave Ed alone. Later on in the Winchester as [[spoiler:Ed is getting chewed into by Zombie Pete]], Shaun catches [[spoiler:Pete's]] attention by screaming a single line before promptly shooting him through the eye as he advances.
---> '''Shaun''': [[spoiler:I SAID LEAVE HIM ALONE!]] ''*headshot*''
* [[PretendWereDead Pretend We're Dead]]: Done by the main characters to get to the pub. Their cover is blown when Ed gets a call on his mobile. The picture for that trope.
* RantInducingSlight: After constantly sticking up for Ed and making excuses for his oafishness and stupidity, Shaun finally snaps when Ed answers his cell phone in the middle of a zombie horde, blowing their cover. Made all the more funny because he delivers the rant ''while still in the middle of the zombies,'' who look rather nonplussed.
-->''Shaun knocks the phone out of Ed's hand''\\
'''Ed:''' Oi! What are you doing?\\
'''Shaun:''' What am I doing? What are ''you'' doing, you stupid moron!?\\
'''Ed:''' Fuck off!\\
'''Shaun:''' ''You'' fuck off! '''Fuck''' fucking off! I've spent... look at me! I've spent my ''entire life'' sticking my neck out for you and all you ever do is fuck things up! Fuck things up and make ''me'' look stupid! Well, I'm not going to let you do it any more. OK? ''Not today!!!''
* ARareSentence: Jeremy Thompson says he never expected to say RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain.
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:[[TheCavalry The military arrives]] at the climax and mops up the zombies.]]
* RecklessGunUsage: see the JugglingLoadedGuns example.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:A strange example: when David ''tries'' to apologise to Shaun, he is promptly torn apart by zombies ''before'' he can actually do so.]]
* RelationshipSalvagingDisaster: Shaun refers to Liz as his "girlfriend" near the end, and she replies tongue-in-cheek:
-->'''Liz:''' What makes you think I've taken you back?\\
'''Shaun:''' ''[smirking]'' Weeell... [[GallowsHumor don't want to die single, do you?]]
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: The [[NewscasterCameo Sky newsreader's]] zombie-killing advice is the Trope Namer.
* ReplacementLoveInterest: Dianne is resigned to the fact that she was David's consolation prize after he tried to get with her friend Liz at university, and to that fact that he's still in love with Liz.
* ResetButton / StatusQuoIsGod: Hilariously subverted. There are still zombies all over the place at the end of the film, only they've now become a part of everyday life and life goes on pretty much as it did before.
* RevealShot: In the movie's opening scene, we're treated to a view of a pair of shuffling feet, while their owner groans in a zombie-like fashion. [[spoiler:Zooming out, we see it's just Shaun, half-asleep and yawning after getting out of bed]].
* RoomFullOfZombies: This happens when they venture to the pub.
* RuleOfThree: "Glad somebody made it" and "Dogs can't look up", especially, although there's several other examples.
* SeparatedByACommonLanguage: Averted. Shaun says that Mary the zombie is "so drunk" instead of the more British "so pissed" to avoid confusing American audiences, as "pissed" more commonly means "angry" in the USA.
** Played straight with the [[TropeNamer trope naming]] line, "...the 'zed' word." Across the pond it would have been pronounced, "the 'zee' word."
* ShoutOut: Many, because [[Creator/SimonPegg Pegg]] is a big zombie film fan. The opening music (over the production bits) is the same as the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' and at the end the TV briefly says "...And reports that [[Film/TwentyEightDaysLater the disease was spread by Rage infected monkeys]] have been dismissed as total [[CurseCutShort bu-]]"
** Two other news reports muddy the waters via their own shout outs: one talks about radiation from a downed satellite in reference to ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'', and another blames GM crops in reference to the agricultural experiments from the obscure Italian flick ''Film/LetSleepingCorpsesLie''.
** Don't forget this paraphrase from the original ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'':
--->'''Ed:''' ''We're coming to get you, Barbara!''
*** Funnily enough, George Romero himself actually missed this one on his first viewing, as Edgar Wright discovered when he excitedly asked what Romero had thought of the line.
** In addition, their game of choice at the beginning was ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2''. Free Radical reciprocated by putting some references in ''[=TimeSplitters=]: Future Perfect''.
** There's also the rather appropriate use of the first few chords of "Ghost Town", by Music/TheSpecials at the start of the film?
*** And the phone ringtone blaring tinnily when Shaun is on the bus - ''Zombie Nation''.
** The restaurant Shaun is supposed to make a reservation is "Fulci's" in reference to Creator/LucioFulci, an Italian director famous for zombie movies.
** ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' is first replicated with [[spoiler:David]] being torn in half by zombies (though he never says "Choke on 'em!"), and Shaun and Liz ascend in the freight elevator at the end exactly the same way as the ending of ''Day''.
*** Also, the shot of a half-awake Shaun's shadow entering the screen before we pan up to his face, mirroring the first shot of a zombie in ''Day''.
** "The Gonk" from ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' plays at the end of the credits.
** A subtle shout-out to the ''Franchise/EvilDead'' series after Shaun discovers [[spoiler:Pete zombified in the shower]]: as he backs away in terror, he babbles "We were wondering if you'd like to ''(beat)'' join us?"
** Another subtle ''Franchise/EvilDead'' shout-out appears when Shaun arrives at work and briefly mentions a co-worker named "Ash" who called in sick that day.
** The name of the electronics store where Shaun works is called Foree Electronics, after KenForee, the lead actor from the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''. The restaurant where Shaun and Liz are supposed to have dinner early in the movie is called Fulci's, after ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' director Creator/LucioFulci.
** Shaun closing the mirror to reveal Pete reflected in it references ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''.
** In the scene where Shaun and Ed try to use [=LPs=] as a weapon against a zombie, Ed brings up Music/TheStoneRoses' ''Second Coming'', to which Shaun protests "I like it!". This is a reference to the infamous debate over whether the DarkerAndEdgier NewSoundAlbum ''Second Coming'' is as good an album as the Roses' self-titled debut.
** Every Romero zombie film has included at least one completely nude zombie. ''Shaun'' honors that quota.
** Shaun shouting "Reload!" Straight from VideoGame/TheHouseOfTheDead.
* SimilarSquad: The gang meet up what appear to be a group undergoing the same plot but with a slightly more expensive cast. Each of the gang's double actually corresponds to a comedy double they'd shared in the past. Like [[Creator/SimonPegg Pegg]] and Frost, Creator/JessicaHynes worked on ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Martin Freeman worked with Lucy Davis on ''Series/TheOfficeUK'' and Tasmin Greig worked with Dylan Moran on ''BlackBooks''.
* ASimplePlan: "How's that for a slice of fried gold?"
-->(later) ''"Oh, let's go to the Winchester -- whose fucking idea was that?"''
* SkewedPriorities: Ed, who even casually answers a phone call ''[[TooDumbToLive while surrounded by zombies.]]'' And not even to talk to a friend. No, he's selling drugs.
* SleptThroughTheApocalypse: Shaun and Ed after a long night of heavy drinking.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: First one end, then the other.
* SocietyMarchesOn: Shaun and Ed decide to hide at the Winchester because it's safe[[note]]For ''now''[[/note]], they know where the exits are[[note]]not that they're likely to survive if they use them[[/note]], and Ed will be allowed to smoke. Perfectly acceptable in 2004, but smoking in pubs (and all other enclosed spaces) in England has been illegal since 2007.
* SoulFragment: A personality quirk or two survives the zombification process. Examples include the football kid continuing to play football, several people working menial jobs before the outbreak continuing in those jobs after zombification, and [[spoiler:Ed living in the shed after being zombified, still playing video games]].
* StealthPun: Di. [[spoiler:Despite her name, she survives!]]
* StockScream: The Wilhelm scream can be heard faintly in the background when [[TheCavalry the soldiers]] come to the rescue.
* StrayShotsStrikeNothing: Averted. A zombie is hit by a stray bullet in the pub.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: In the pub at the start, just after Shaun has broken up with his girlfriend and the jukebox begins playing "If You Leave Me Now". {{Lampshaded}} as Ed says "Who the hell put this on?" "It's on ''random''." "Oh, for fuck's sake!"
** The same gag is {{Ironic Echo}}ed later on in a spot of SoundtrackDissonance: The jukebox in the pub, now facing an onslaught of zombies, randomly picks Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now".
--->'''Shaun:''' Augh-! Who the hell put this on?! \\
'''Ed:''' It's on random! \\
'''Liz:''' Oh, for fuck's sake! \\
'''Shaun:''' David! Kill [[{{Queen}} the Queen]]! \\
'''David:''' What?! \\
'''Shaun:''' THE JUKEBOX!
** Speaking of appropriate zombie-bashing tunes, this combines with a ShoutOut after Shaun drives off relieved that he only ran over [[spoiler: a zombie]]. The first line out of the stereo when he starts the car again is ''"I think my head is gonna explode!"'' ... from the song Meltdown, by Northern Irish band [[Franchise/EvilDead Ash]].
* TakeThat: The [=LPs=] that Shaun is willing to destroy to fight Mary. Wright and Pegg don't think too much of the ''Batman'' soundtrack, apparently.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Shaun and Ed discuss which records to throw at two approaching zombies. Justified by the fact that these zombies are REALLY slow.
** Also the blazing row that Shaun and Ed have after Ed answers his phone in front of a crowd of zombies when they're supposed to be acting like zombies to escape notice.
* TemptingFate: Shaun concludes that he and Ed are safe in the house. Cue: Zombie smashing the glass door.
* ThereWasADoor round the back of The Winchester, so David didn't need to smash the front window.
* ThousandYardStare: Barbara displays one of these during Diane's acting lesson.
* TitleOfTheDead
* TooDumbToLive:
** Ed takes this to new levels and plays it for laughs. The characters need to get past a horde of zombies, and do so by acting like zombies to avoid drawing attention. When they are nearly to apparent safety, Ed's phone goes off... ''and he [[SkewedPriorities answers it]] and starts cheerfully talking on the phone, less than ten feet from dozens of zombies.'' Previously, he had "accidentally" crashed their first car, giving him an excuse to drive a Jaguar instead. Following after the cellphone incident, the electricity comes back on and he starts playing a pub fruit machine, which draw the attention of a zombie in the same building as them.
** [[CloudCuckoolander Shaun's mother]] should also be mentioned. What did she ''think'' would happen [[spoiler: opening the door to a zombie?]]
** Shaun himself also fits this. What exactly made the Winchester any safer than Liz's apartment? While it's got big heavy doors and a rifle on the wall and Ed knows where all the exits are (and he can smoke), they actually probably ''would'' have been safer in the apartment, because the window was above ground level (Shaun could climb up to it, but he wasn't a zombie) and you couldn't even get into the building without being buzzed in. Even if the zombies somehow got in through that door, they could have barricaded the apartment door fairly easily. But they also wouldn't have had half so much booze.
** Let's not forget [[spoiler:David standing ''right in front of the pub window'', seconds before he gets eaten]].
** Frankly, the entire group lives and breathes this trope, making stupid decision after stupid decision, but Ed really is the king.
** The entire human race falls into this at the end. After the Army restored order, someone had the baffling idea to round up the Zombies and use them as a source of cheap labour and entertainment, instead of destroying them! And if that's not bad enough, while they ''do'' take the precaution of putting restraints on them to keep them under control, they completely forget to '''muzzle''' them! Because it's not like Zombies are well known for infecting people by ''biting'', [[SarcasmMode right?]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Shaun, motivated by getting his girl friend back, turns into a hero during the course of the ZombieApocalypse.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The trailers tended to play up the comedic aspects and downplay or ignore the more serious and horrific elements.
* TwoScenesOneDialogue: A variant appears when Shaun flicks through television channels in the first half:
-->'''Channel 4 News' Krishnan Guru-Murthy:''' Though no one official is prepared to comment, religious groups are calling it Judgement Day. There's...
-->'''VH1, playing "Panic" by The Smiths:''' ...Panic on the streets of London...
-->'''ITV News reporter:''' ...as an increasing number of reports of...
-->'''[[TheBeautifulGame Football]] commentator:''' ...serious attacks on...
-->'''Channel Five news reporter:''' ...people, who are literally being...
-->'''Nature documentary, leopards eating a gazelle:''' ...eaten alive.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: The Winchester has the gun hidden [[ChekhovsGun in plain sight]], but Shaun and the others initially think it's just a prop.
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Subverted, [[spoiler:zombie Ed not only 'lives' on as a zombie at the end, but is rather poignantly no worse off than when he was alive... Shaun keeps him in the garden shed playing video-games!]]
** [[spoiler:Indeed, this is true for all the zombies that weren't killed during the crisis, as society managed to adapt and utilize the undead for their own purpose, roping them into {{reality TV}} shows, menial labour and chat shows, among other things.]]
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A large factor in deciding to hide out at the Winchester is that Ed will be allowed to smoke. This immediately dates the film, since while it was legal to smoke in enclosed public places (such as pubs) in England in 2004, when the film was made, it's been illegal since 2007.
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: Shaun and Ed devise a plan to collect Shaun's friends, mom, and stepdad, and find safety "until this whole thing blows over." [[ZigZagged Then the plan changes and a revised montage plays accordingly.]]
* TheUnreveal: A very much in the background radio broadcast near the beginning of the film would imply that something from a downed US satellite caused the zombies. When Shaun is watching television at the end of the film, a news program says that the theorized cause was "use of"...something. Shaun changes the channel a moment too early.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Shaun and Ed's [[ImagineSpot visualized plan]] of rescuing friends and family was destined for disaster.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Shaun being oblivious to the devastation around him on the day of the zombie apocalypse, including not noticing the {{Bloody Handprint}}s at the corner shop.
* VehicleVanish: Shaun sees a man [[ItMakesSenseInContext picking up and eating a pigeon]] in the park. Then a bus blocks his view and the zombie is gone.
* VertigoEffect: Used when the zombies break through the barricade.
* VinylShatters: "'PurpleRain'?" "No." "'Sign 'O The Times'?" "Definitely not." "The ''Film/{{Batman}}'' soundtrack?" "Throw it."
* WhatHappenedToMommy: One of the few things played absolutely straight.
* WickedStepmother: Shaun sees his step-dad like this, though in fact it turns out that Phillip thought Shaun had it in him to really make something of himself with enough motivation and was simply applying ToughLove.
** And it has to be said that Shaun wasn't exactly the perfect stepson. One incident that stands out is Shaun claiming Phillip attacked him with a lump of wood for leaving a Mars bar in the glove compartment of his [[CoolCar Jag]], but it's actually revealed later that Shaun calling Phillip a motherfucker might have had something to do with it as well... even if he ''was'' technically right.
* WiperStart: Ed when getting Pete's car to start.
* YouLeaveHimAlone: Shaun when Pete starts berating Ed at the start of the film. Gets an IronicEcho when zombie-Pete attacks Ed at the end.
* ZombieApocalypse: Duh? [[spoiler:Subverted in that the military mops it up pretty quickly, and life goes on with zombies just being a part of society.]]
* ZombieInfectee: [[spoiler:Ed, Shaun's mum, and his stepdad earlier on]]. Pete at pretty much the very beginning of the film.
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