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Monday, October 04, 2004

SHAUN OF THE DEAD


"A romantic comedy. With Zombies." What a great ad slogan! And the film, about a London slacker who can barely tell the difference between his drooling contemporaries and the brainless, flesh-eating zombies who threaten them, is alternatingly hysterical, juvenile, brilliant, boring, terrifying, cartoonish, gory, and actually emotionally effecting. I loved it, and the last five minutes compensate for any mid-act sagging. If you like George Romero, the "Evil Dead" films or Peter Jackson's "Dead Alive", you will love this perverse little import. For the twisted, this is an easy "A". For the rest of you guys, give it a "B" and bring a barf bag--it does occassionally test the limits of an "R" rating.

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