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  • Big Name Fan: George A. Romero was said to have been a huge fan of the movie. He invited Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg to make a cameo in Land of the Dead. They played a pair of chained up zombies.
  • Breakthrough Hit: For Edgar Wright.
  • The Danza: Peter Serafinowicz as Pete.
    • Lampshaded in the DVD's outakes of the scene where Shaun and Ed call out for Pete, after they learn that being bitten by a zombie turns you into another - Ed calls Pete 'Peter Serafinowicz'.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • In Russia, the film was renamed since the pun couldn't really be translated. What doesn't make sense is that they titled it A Zombie Named Shaun, since Shaun is one of the few characters not to become a zombie.
    • In Spain, the film was inexplicably released as "Zombies Party" (in English). To make it worse, the subtitle "A romantic comedy... with zombies" was changed to the very lame "A night... of death". Even though most of the film takes place during the day.
    • In Latin America, due to the original title being impossible to translate accurately, the film was renamed "Dead by Laughter", even though the film isn't entirely a comedy.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Amputees were used for several of the zombies, most notably a one-armed bridegroom, and a legless zombie Shaun and Ed accidentally run over.
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  • DVD Commentary: The DVD features numerous commentaries, including one with zombies. In fact, Edgar Wright himself states on the Director's Commentary that his aim is to have "More commentary tracks than The Lord of the Rings". If you include Spaced and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, he's pretty much done this.
  • Method Acting: Nick Frost (Ed) allegedly kept his genitals shaved during filming to create an actual desire to scratch them that the character shows.
  • No Budget: The entire movie was made on a budget of 4 million pounds (about 6 million dollars at the time).
  • Quote Source: This film provides the page quote for:
  • Promoted Fanboy: Many of the zombie extras are fans of Spaced. They were recruited through the Spaced Out fan website to be in the film.
  • Real-Life Relative: Lucy Davis encouraged her mom Hazel to turn out as a Zombie extra. You have to look swiftly and know exactly where, but you can spot Hazel. Hazel is perhaps better known for her lifelong marriage to comedic legend Jasper Carrott.
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  • Stillborn Franchise: Pegg and Wright considered a sequel titled From Dusk Till Shaun that would replace zombies with another monster (likely vampires, given the title), but decided against it as they were pleased with the first film as a stand-alone product, and thought too many characters died to continue the story.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: 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.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original script called for Shaun to beat Mary and the hulking zombie with a girl's bicycle.
    • Had they been unable to get the rights to Don't Stop Me Now, the iconic fight scene would have been set to Boney M's "Rasputin".
  • Write What You Know: Shaun and Ed's friendship is based on Simon Pegg's and Nick Frost's when they shared a flat together.


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