When the zombie apocalypse kicks off, there's only one place to be: the Winchester. After all, it's got big heavy doors and deadbolts, and there's a rifle above the bar that Big Al says is completely legit.
It's no secret that Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are movie buffs to the umpteenth degree, and just to show how well they know their stuff, they cleverly wrote in a few subtle (and some not so subtle) nods to the horror movies that inspired their 2004 horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. Below are eight choice horror references that prove Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are the kings of the zombies.
1. Foree Electric
Shaun works at an electronics store called Foree Electric, named after actor Ken Foree. Foree is no stranger to the horror genre, but one of his earliest roles was starring in the 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead as badass SWAT officer Peter Washington. Foree even returned for the rebooted version of the movie in 2004, this time playing a televangelist.
2. Lazy Ash
When Shaun arrives at work, one of his coworkers makes a comment in passing about Ash calling in sick to work. Fans of The Evil Dead trilogy will instantly recognize the name, as Ash Williams is the name of Bruce Campbell's character. What's more, Ash also works at the department store SMart, not unlike Shaun's own Foree Electric.
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3. Bub's Pizza
In the awesome one-shot take where Shaun stumbles down the road to buy a can of Coke and a Cornetto, he passes by a pizzeria with the name "Bub's Pizza" on the roll up door. The name is probably a reference to Bub, the chained-up zombie who enjoys Beethoven in Day of the Dead (1985).
Watch the scene below and see if you can spot it:
4. Fulci's Restaurant
When Shaun is desperately trying to book a table at "that place that does all the fish," the Yellow Pages listing shows that the restaurant is named Fulci's, no doubt named after Lucio Fulci, the Italian horror director from the '70s and '80s who pioneered the giallo genre, earning the nickname "Godfather of gore" (a title also given to Herschell Gordon Lewis).
5. Miss Mary
Remember the zombie named Mary that appears in Shaun's backyard? Well, not only can you see her during the opening credits of the movie, but according to her name tag, she works at Landis Supermarket, no doubt referencing director John Landis. Landis is best known for directing the 1981 horror movie An American Werewolf in London as well as Michael Jackson's monumental "Thriller" music video.
6. Run, Barbara!
The line, "We're coming to get you, Barbara," that Ed (Nick Frost) yells into the phone was directly lifted out of Night of the Living Dead (1968). It was so well delivered that even George A. Romero himself didn't catch it, and found out much later during a conversation with Frost.
7. Zombie-Killing Firepower
That rifle above the bar? It's real. John's connected. Big Al says so. It's also a Winchester Model 66, a popular rifle used in tons of Hollywood movies. In fact, it was the same model rifle that was used in both Night of the Living Dead (1968) and the 1990 version. How's that for a slice of fried gold?
8. Those Damn Apes
It may be a bit of a stretch, but the end of the film features a quick news broadcast announcing that, "initial claims that the virus was caused by infected monkeys have been dismissed..." Could this be a subtle nod to another British zombie film that came out just two years prior? In 2002's 28 Days Later, a rage-infected chimpanzee kick-starts the epidemic after being released from its cage and attacking a person, spreading the virus into the human population.
We didn't grab every every reference from Shaun of the Dead, so grab your best mates, go over to your friend's place, hole up, have a cup of tea, and shout out your favorite horror nod from the movie below.
[Source: The Easter Egg Archive]