How long would it take for you to realize you are in the midst of a zombie apocalypse? For the main characters of horror-comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” it takes way longer than it should.
The 2004 film follows directionless friends Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) as they obliviously get caught up in an outbreak of the undead, eventually taking shelter in their favorite pub. The quirky film quickly gained critical success and developed a cult following.
In an article for the Guardian, writer and director Edgar Wright and Pegg, who helped write the film, reflected on creating what would become a staple in the zombie horror genre. Wright explained that the zombies had been on set for a week before they began shooting. “When we eventually involved them properly, they had this electric energy: a pure, crazed hysteria,” he shared in the article. “I needed to record some zombie sounds so one lunchtime I stood in the middle of the pub and asked them to all attack me.” What happened next, though, was bizarre and unexpected.