11. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton
Hailing from England, buddies Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg caught stateside audiences completely off-guard in April 2004, when Shaun of the Dead, their feature debut, bestowed moviegoers with some bloody-great, virtuosic horror spoofing.
To whip Shaun of the Dead into shape, the English duo pooled their shared affinities for the classic George A. Romero zombie movies of old together; more importantly, though, they saw the spot-on correlation that can be made with lifeless corpses shuffling around aimlessly and disenchanted and uninspired adults drifting through life in dreary jobs and mundane surroundings. That’s where the nonstop comedy derives from.
The palpable horror, meanwhile, rears its ugly head in Shaun of the Dead’s grand finale, a zombie siege on a local watering hole that’s a creative home run because Wright and Pegg know when to cease the mirth and let their wicked-looking flesh-eaters bring the onslaught.