Run time: 99 mins
Edgar Wright’s pitch-perfect apocalyptic comedy.
Shaun, a North London loser, is a disappointment to his girlfriend, family, friends and flatmate. Only his mate Ed, an even bigger loser, looks up to him. Then flesh-eating zombies overrun the city and Shaun is forced to take responsibility for the survival of his corner of humanity.
Bordering on 20 years, this is still pretty much flawless. From the zombified mundane plodding through life before turning into flesh-eating monsters, to the cream of of British comedy descending into madness, it’s all here.
Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton bolster a sensational supporting cast list while Simon Pegg and Nick Frost simply kill it in the leads. It’s one of those guilty pleasures that you can see over and over and over again.
Another two decades can run on but we’ll probably still be watching this. A product of post-9/11 anxiety initially, this is still Edgar Wright’s most loved, most enduring film, on both sides of the Atlantic.
The first and finest instalment in the Cornetto Trilogy, it simply cannot be missed.