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Sep. 14th, 2004

I finally saw Shaun of the Dead, having refused to see it in the cinema because I can't bear to see anything vaguely scary in the cinema where I can't run and hide behind a chair/in the kitchen/in the hall. But - hurrah! - now it's out on DVD, so we watched it tonight, and it was fantastic. Very funny ("dogs can look up!") and genuinely creepy, especially because its English setting was so familiar. It's only when you watch a horror film set somewhere which looks exactly like home that you realise that American scary films all look so remote. There's something much more creepy and fucked up about the sight of a family eating each other when they're doing it in what could be next door's garden as opposed to a suburbia of picket fences and Colonial houses.

ETA: Did anyone else love the bit where they meet the other survivors? Who were all very familiar? That was so funny - we were like "hang on, that's... and that's....and look, there's..." Hee. It was like a comedy summit.

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slemslempike
Sep. 15th, 2004 01:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was really cool. It was good that it didn't really take me out of the film either. It was a very meta moment, but it had no effect on my suspension of disbelief with getting back to the rest of the story.
felinitykat
Sep. 15th, 2004 02:55 am (UTC)
I loved that film! Did you watch any of the extra features? I liked the bit where they gave comic-strip explanations of some of the holes in the plot (like how Shaun got back to the pub after acting as a decoy for the mob of zombies).
biascut
Sep. 16th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
I'm definitely going to try and get the DVD. The Heretickal One and I went to see it the weekend we were down in Devon at the Blonde's wedding, in a weird, tiny, tiny cinema in Barnstable which was more or less like being in someone's living room. People kept jumping over the seats and running outside to have a chat with their mates! It was most peculiar.
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