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The Zombie Apocalypse has never been more hilarious. Shaun is an electronics store manager whose life is going nowhere. He has a difficult relationship with his stepfather, and a tense one with his flatmate, Pete, because of Ed, Shaun's unemployed best friend and another flatmate. As a final straw, Shaun's girlfriend Liz is tired of their stunted social life. They spend most every evening at the Winchester, Shaun and Ed's favorite pub. Liz complains they never do anything alone together.
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After a particularly bad day at work, Shaun meets an old friend, Yvonne, who asks what he and Liz are doing for their anniversary. Shaun has completely forgotten, leading Liz to break up with him. The evening ends with Shaun drowning his sorrows with Ed at the Winchester. They return home late, only to be confronted by Pete, who points out Shaun's flaws, telling him to sort his life out. Pete mentions feeling sick after being attacked on his way home from work.

The next morning, an uprising of zombies has overwhelmed the town, but Shaun is too busy dealing with his hangover to notice. He and Ed discover a zombie woman in their back yard, but assume she is just drunk, until she survives being impaled on a pipe. A fat zombie man surprises them as they investigate and Shaun and Ed flee. Inside they learn of the uprising from the news. Shaun and Ed arm themselves with a cricket bat and a shovel after breaking into their own locked shed. They kill the two zombies in the yard and by a process of elimination decide the safest place to wait out the crisis is the Winchester.

Shaun and Ed escape in Pete's car after discovering a zombified Pete in the shower. They race to find Shaun's mother, Barbara, and his stepfather, Phillip, and Ed deliberately crashes Pete's car in order to drive Phillip's Jaguar. They head over to Liz, Dianne, and David's flat and collect them as well. Before they make it to the Winchester, Phillip, who was bitten, dies after making peace with Shaun. As Phillip reanimates, they set off on foot. Imitating the zombies, they attempt to sneak over to the pub, but Ed and Shaun get into an argument that alerts the zombies. The five others take refuge in the pub and Shaun joins them after leading the zombie horde away.

Several hours later, zombies converge on the pub. Shaun fends off a number of them after he discovers the Winchester rifle above the bar is functional. Barbara reveals she was bitten and a heartbroken Shaun shoots her when she dies and reanimates. David is disemboweled and dismembered as zombies break into the pub. Dianne unbolts the front door in an attempt to rescue him, exposing Shaun, Ed and Liz. Ed prepares a Molotov cocktail to fend the attacking zombies off, but Pete arrives and bites him. Shaun uses the cocktail to set fire to the bar, and they all escape into the cellar, in which they contemplate suicide, but discover a service hatch to ground level. Shaun and Liz escape through the hatch as the wounded Ed stays behind with the rifle. Back on the street, as Shaun and Liz prepare for a final fight, they are rescued by Yvonne and a British Army contingent who dispatch the remaining zombies.

Six months after the outbreak, the uninfected have returned to daily life, while the leftover zombies, retaining their instincts, are used as cheap labor and entertainment. Liz has moved in with Shaun, and pleasantly asks if they'll be going to the Winchester. Shaun is keeping Ed, now a zombie, tethered in the shed to playing video games with.
Best part of story, including ending: If you like zombie movies this is a very funny film. If you love zombie movies this is an instant classic for any fan, due to the wide variety of references to many classic films of the genre.

Best scene in story: The morning after his break-up with Liz and still suffering from a hangover, Shaun goes about his daily life not realizing how many near misses he makes with zombies due to his distraction.

Opinion about the main character: Shaun is a man in way over his head, just trying to do what he can to protect those he cares about to the very best of his abilities under extreme circumstances.

The review of this Movie prepared by David Reyne a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   fantasy story on present day Earth Parody movie?    -   Yes Horror film?    -   Yes Kind of Horror Story    -   the zombie chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   English/British Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant

Setting

Earth setting:    -   20th century (1970's to Present) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Big cities?    -   Yes Misc settings    -   bar/restaurant Kind of city    -   Dirty, crime-ridden (like NY)

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Tone of movie    -   funny Kinds of F/X    -   nasty human transformations

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