The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: Protoclown

Shaun Of The Dead

Shaun of the Dead is easily one of the best horror comedies to have come out in recent years. It manages to walk the fine tightrope between being funny and yet actually being menacing at the same time, which is something very few horror comedies are capable of doing, often falling to one side of the line or the other.

It was difficult to pick which moment to discuss from this film (the scene where Shaun and his friend Ed throw Shaun's record collection at a couple of zombies being one of my favorites), but in the end I decided to go with the more visually interesting angle by talking about what is probably the most gruesome death in the movie.

Toward the end of the film, David, friend of Shaun's and utter douchebag (AKA "adult Harry Potter"), has decided to become "that guy", by freaking out and deciding rather suddenly that he's not going to stay in the safe house they've got set up, but that he's rather going to endanger everyone by opening the door and heading out to take his chances on the outside.

I'm not Harry Potter!

Unfortunately for him, he makes this bold declaration to everyone while breaking one of the cardinal rules of any horror movie: never turn your back to a window while standing right in front of it. Oops!

Too bad those weren't Thermal Guard windows

So naturally the zombies smell fresh meat on the other side of that flimsy glass and smash their way through, grabbing David and trying to pull him outside. His friends rush over to the window and grab his legs, trying to keep him inside, but it seems a bit too late, as there are too many zombies and their grip is insanely strong.

You take half, we'll take the other!

The zombies don't really care so much that they can't completely pull him outside the window, because they've got all the "good eatin'" parts over on their side already. As his friends stand there and watch in horror, David is quickly turned into an all-you-can-eat buffet as the zombies claw into his stomach and pull out his tasty, tasty intestines. After chomping down on his digestive tract (containing the "hidden surprise" of what he had for lunch!) for a while, they rip his arms and head off with ease as they munch on the rest of his body. (Hey, the good news is that there won't be enough of him left to turn into a zombie).

Come on everybody! It's a rave!

Meanwhile his friends are still tugging on his legs, which happen to come off right in their hands, causing them to recoil back and fall to the floor.

You got the lucky part of the wishbone!

His girlfriend is of course somewhat shocked to have just seen him torn to pieces and now be lying there holding his dismembered leg. But had she been a little smarter, she would have known that these sorts of things happen when you date a douchebag. Ladies beware!

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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Sep 29th, 2008, 03:44 AM
It's an excellent moment indeed, and a brilliant movie all-around.

But it's well worth noting that this scene is clearly an homage to Captain Rhodes from Romero's DAY OF THE DEAD. A scene which still manages to top even the awesomeness of the homage, for the original has three points in its favor: 1.) Bub, 2.) the unrefrigerated pig intestines that made the cast gag, and 3.) Pilato's legendary ad-lib, "CHOKE ON 'EM!"

Of course, maybe it's not an homage, as I don't recall hearing that said outright by Wright and company. But it seems pretty obvious to me.
Pickled Patriarch
Sep 29th, 2008, 04:11 AM
Yeah, when it comes to zombies tearing somebody apart, it just doesn't get any better than that infamous scene from Day of the Dead. While this Shaun of the Dead scene is a nice homage, it's nowhere near as hilarious and awesomely gory as the Captain Rhodes scene. Don't worry though, we've already covered that scene in our Greatest Horror Movie Moments and you can check it out here:
Sep 29th, 2008, 04:50 AM
The unfortunate "that guy" in this scene is played by the very funny Irish comedian Dylan Moran. He does a great job of playing assholes just waiting to be dismembered. Check out "Black Books".

Once again, thanks for more wonderfully traumatizing gifs.
Big In Japan
Sep 29th, 2008, 05:28 AM
Yea, I watched this movie with some friends not too long ago and loved every minute. And everyone pissed themselves at this scene. My favorite scene would have to be when Ed and Shaun push the zombie chick onto that pipe in the yard (and being able to see their faces through the hole when she gets up), classic.

I have to say, I thought Hot fuzz was a better. and Purple Man: I love black books, it has to be one of my favorite British comedy series'.
Sep 29th, 2008, 06:39 AM
Nice choice, I was just waiting for him to go and I was much appeased with the gore.
Know its expected but I must give props to my fave scene with the snooker cues bashing in that landlord zombie to the jukebox blaring "Don't Stop Me Now". The film is just so classic and funny (its always regularly shown on our tv channels like ITV2) British humour is alive and kicking [arse].
drifting in the void
Sep 29th, 2008, 08:18 AM
I really really love this movies, easily my all-time-favorite Id say. Id say its the best british thing I know apart from the people that made it of course
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Sep 29th, 2008, 01:32 PM
Ah, Shaun of the Dead. One of my all-time favorite movies (though I did like Hot Fuzz a smidgen better. It's very close, of course, and took me a while to decide), and jam-packed with so many funny moments I can't even keep track of them all (every time I watch that movie, I laugh at something I had totally forgotten about).

It's hard to choose a favorite part; the part in the bar where everyone's moving along to that Queen song is good, or when Shaun is looking out the mailslot for zombies, and doesn't see them at first. But in the end, I'm going with the second time Shaun goes to the store (after the zombies are out and about), and is completely oblivious to all the carnage around him (the part where he slips on the blood = pure fried gold). Great scene, great movie.

Also: while I did find the homage to Rhodes' death awesome, I also think the original scene was better (mainly for the "Choke on 'em!" bit. Last words don't get much more awesome than that).
The stealer of Pies
Sep 29th, 2008, 02:51 PM
I especially like how after his legs come off, "the twat's" girlfriend takes his leg and rushes out into the crowd to still try and save him.

then she sat in a tree for a few days, surviving by munching on his leg. (but that last bit was only explained on the dvd)
Cell Regenerated Deadite
Sep 29th, 2008, 04:51 PM
Rest-in-Pieces to all Harry Potter look-a-likes.
good fer what ails ye.
Sep 29th, 2008, 06:58 PM
I happen to love the end of the movie with the t.v. and zombie ed parts.
Sep 29th, 2008, 08:22 PM
All things considered, this may have been the most satisfying death in all of horror...I mean the huge was SUCH a monumental douche!
Fake Shemp
Sep 29th, 2008, 09:50 PM
We're coming to get you Barbara!

Total awesome Zombediness
Sep 29th, 2008, 10:23 PM
I couldn't help but think to myself that Timesplitters 2 doesn't support a drop-in/drop-out co-op feature.
Tony Wonder
Sep 29th, 2008, 11:09 PM
This is one of my favorite movies, but I think the Captain Rhodes death scene was about as good as it gets dismemberment wise.

And I know what your getting at Nick, I noticed that too.
Forum Virgin
Sep 30th, 2008, 10:54 AM
I love all of this movie, but the beginning is probably my favourite part, especially when the first zombie walks into their living room. Shaun's expression is classic, especially his line 'For God's sake, ooh, he's got an arm off!'
'Are they still out there?'
'I don't know, we've shut the curtains.'
The Geminate
Sep 30th, 2008, 01:20 PM
After seeing most of all horror films, I found Shaun of the Dead (SOTD) to be a bit slow, limited, not funny and not scary. I believe the proper one word explanation of SOTD would be "insanity" and that is all. For the funniest, darkest and scariest horror, J-horror has them all beat.
You'll thank me later...
Sep 30th, 2008, 04:30 PM
That movie gets better each time you watch it too.
Favorite scene has got to be the zombie fight in the bar set to Queen.
Sep 30th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Gory indeed... I wish Harry Potter died the same way.
I hate this hacker crap!
Oct 1st, 2008, 08:47 PM
I was hoping for the Don't Stop Me Now scene.
The Resident Redneck
Oct 5th, 2008, 04:27 PM
I liked where they were acting as zombies to get to the pub myself. But that is just my personal preference.
Zsa Zsa Azazel
Oct 6th, 2008, 04:14 AM
Although Shaun of the Dead is hernia-inducing comedy, you should check out the Australian budget flick 'Undead.' I guarantee you'll cause intestinal bleeding from laughter.
Horror-mad Englishwoman
Jan 13th, 2009, 11:41 AM
I'VE seen 'Undead' and nearly died from boredom - give it a miss.
But, on a lighter note, check out Dylan Moran's multiple hilarious performances, alongside Mr Michael Caine, in 'The Actors' if you can track it down:
Forum Virgin
Sep 7th, 2012, 01:16 PM
I love the scene when they act like zombies and the zombies fall for it. I think that trick was used in The Walking Dead also.
Im one good looking Troll
Sep 9th, 2012, 11:33 PM
I had a tune in my head before Watching that film."I tune in thinking what if they have that song here?"So I kinda complain that the artist came on over the Jukebox at the Bar but it wasn't my song.But it actually put a smile on face as the actions with the sounds was going along with it.Then finally what I had been longing for was at the very end of the Credits.The song was well fitting what a good way to end the Film!

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