I used to hate horror movies. After viewing The Ring at the time I was in 2nd grade, it left me a bit fearful of the genre. As the years progressed I slowly eased myself into the genre, and after taking a class on Horror films last year, I established a new love for the genre. Over the next week, until Halloween, I will be posting my top 5 favorite horror movies. I had a hard time narrowing down the list. Is it ones that scare me the most? The ones I love the most? I decided on leaving it at the ones that I would watch even if it wasn’t this time of the year. So, if you are in need of some great movies for the spooky week, keep checking back here:
So I know that this isn’t exactly only a horror film, but Shaun of the Dead is one of my all-time favorite comedies. It’s inspirations are very obviously rooted in the zombie films of George Romero, which are masterpieces in themselves (except the later ones). Shaun of the Dead was a rather indie project. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, who had been a team since they created the great BBC show, Spaced (and even had some fun with zombies in it), reunited and made this gem of a film. From the start it spoofs and references a long list of zombie movie tropes. It is an endlessly quotable hilarious film that is just pure fun. Essentially the plot is that zombies have come to a quaint little British city and Shaun must guide his friends to the Winchester (their favorite pub) in order to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Joining Pegg and Frost is Bill Nighy, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, and Lucy Davis as the unlikely and weird group of associates who must get to the bar. It is a movie I make a point of watching at least once a year and it gets better every time.
If you’re looking for something spooky but not entirely terrifying, Shaun of the dead might be just what you’re looking for.