‘80s and ‘90s predecessors, such as The Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Comet, Night of the Creeps, and Dead Alive, definitely imbued a level of irony amidst the chaos, but the modern tendencies to halt the tone for the sake of an actual joke delivered by an actual comedian simply weren’t present back then.
Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 29-year-old assistant manager at a small electronics store who’s relationship with his girlfriend of three years, Liz (Kate Ashfield), is seriously on the rocks. Our protagonist still lives with his childhood best friend Ed (Nick Frost), a glorified slacker who spends his days playing video games, and Liz is afraid that he’s bogging down Shaun’s own ability to grow up and negatively influencing him. She’s not wrong. Ed is almost always insufferable, opting for fart jokes amidst seriously troubling situations. He’s our secondary protagonist, yet the audience becomes just as fed up as the characters within the film.