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Shaun of the Dead has many, because Pegg is a big zombie film fan:

  • The opening music (over the production bits) is the same as the original Dawn of the Dead (1978) and at the end the TV briefly says "...And reports that the disease was spread by Rage infected monkeys have been dismissed as total bo-"
  • Two other news reports muddy the waters via their own shout outs: one talks about radiation from a downed satellite in reference to Night of the Living Dead (1968), and another blames GM crops in reference to the agricultural experiments from the obscure Italian flick The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (aka Let Sleeping Corpses Lie).
  • Don't forget this paraphrase from both the original Night of the Living Dead (1968) and its remake, Night of the Living Dead (1990):
    Ed: We're coming to get you, Barbara!
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    • Amusingly enough, George A. 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 Time Splitters 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 The Specials at the start of the film.
  • And the song someone was listening to when Shaun was on the bus? "Kernkraft 400" by Zombie Nation.
  • The restaurant Shaun is supposed to make a reservation is "Fulci's" in reference to Lucio Fulci, an Italian director famous for zombie movies.
  • Day of the Dead (1985) is first replicated with David being torn in half by zombies (though he never says "Choke on it!!"), and Shaun and Liz ascend in the freight elevator at the end exactly the same way as the ending of Day.
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  • 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.
  • A remix of "The Gonk" from Dawn of the Dead (1978) plays at the end of the credits.
  • A subtle shout-out to the Evil Dead series after Shaun discovers 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 Evil Dead 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 Ken Foree, the lead actor from the original Dawn of the Dead (1978). The restaurant where Shaun and Liz are supposed to have dinner early in the movie is called Fulci's, after Zombi 2 director Lucio Fulci.
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  • Shaun closing the mirror to reveal Pete reflected in it references An American Werewolf in London.
  • In the scene where Shaun and Ed try to use LPs as a weapon against a zombie, Ed brings up The Stone Roses' Second Coming, to which Shaun protests "I like it!". This is a reference to the album's infamous reputation as a Creator Killer with Troubled Production and a lukewarm reception.
  • Every Romero zombie film has included at least one completely nude zombie. Pete honors that quota.
  • Shaun shouting "Reload!", which is straight from House of the Dead.
  • The movie poster itself (as seen at the top of the page) is a reference to the back cover of Face the Music, an album by Electric Light Orchestra.
  • Given that it's the first full Pegg/Wright/Frost movie, it wouldn't be complete without several shoutouts to Spaced, including attempting to beat the zombie at the pub to death with pool cues and the "He's not my boyfriend!"/"Thanks, babe" exchange between Pegg and Frost's characters.
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