Shaun of the Dead Pop Culture References

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a round-up of over 50 pop culture references found in Edgar Wright‘s breakthrough film Shaun of the Dead. Plus, listen to a song recapping the deaths in Game of Thrones in the style of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and watch as Emma Stone and the cast of Saturday Night Live gets excited for the arrival of K-pop sensation BTS this weekend. Read More »

A mashup of zombie horror and romantic comedy, a video-game-style depiction of millennial culture before it was called millennial culture, a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller seen through the eyes of some Gen-X’ers, and more. These concepts all sprung from the mind of filmmaker Edgar Wright, whose features over the last 15 years have managed to all feel daring and strikingly original even as he wears his references on his metaphorical sleeves.

Wright’s first major feature film, Shaun of the Dead, wasn’t released in the United States until the fall of 2004, but its wide release in the United Kingdom was 15 years ago today. So with that milestone in mind (and with the caveat that Wright’s debut film, A Fistful of Fingers, isn’t available on Blu-ray yet, so this writer hasn’t seen it), let’s rank Wright’s films.

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Shazam

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, dive into all of the Easter eggs, comic references, cameos and more from DC’s recently released Shazam! movie. Plus, watch as a combat expert analyzes and reviews some iconic weapons from the movies, and find out what happens when a film critic for Saturday Night Live used macrodosing to watch all of this spring’s new releases. Read More »

Mondo Cornetto Trilogy Prints

When you think of the greatest film trilogies of all time, it’s easy to remember Back to the Future, Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars. But don’t you dare leave out The Cornetto Trilogy. It might be a makeshift trilogy comprised of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, linked only by the fact that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in all of the films directed by Edgar Wright, but thematically, they are an incredible trio of stories that are hilarious, bloody, twisted, and just plain great. Now you can honor The Cornetto Trilogy with a new trio of Mondo prints by artist Johnny Dombrowski. Read More »

Shaun of the Dead - Movies Leaving Netflix in February 2019

Even though you should be spending part of this month catching up on the movies you might have missed that ended up nominated for Oscars, you’ll still want to hit up Netflix to check out some movies leaving the streaming service before the end of the month. They include one of the best zombie movies of all-time, the best installment of the Bourne franchise, Kevin Smith‘s career-launching indie, one of Alfonso Cuarón‘s most incredibly made movies, and more. Get the full list of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in February 2019 below. Read More »

Hot Fuzz Print - Logan Faerber

Christmas is right around the corner, and if you’re still struggling with what to get that movie lover in your life, a recently released batch of prints paying tribute to movies like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Blade Runner and Die Hard are available for purchase today.

Get details on each of the prints and find out where and when you can get them below. Read More »

Shaun of the Dead Video Essay

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a video essay explores how Shaun of the Dead creates comedy with substance by staying true to its characters. Plus, see how the script for Coco compares to the final cut of the movie for a key sequence from the film, and watch the face melting effects from Raiders of the Lost Ark recreated with crayons. Read More »

Shaun of the Dead sequel

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are both very big names in show business right now, with Pegg having worked on the Star Trek franchise and Wright recently releasing the box office hit Baby Driver. But in the early 2000s, they were primarily known for their work on the cult TV show Spaced. That all changed when 2004’s Shaun of the Dead hit theaters, leading Wright and Pegg to make two more films together. And while Wright and Pegg would collaborate on both Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, fans almost got more – a Shaun of the Dead sequel.

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Exploring Edgar Wright Movie References

Every director claims to be a movie geek. But there’s movie geeks, and then there’s Edgar Wright. The director, who casually drops lists of his 1000 favorite films when he’s not working, seems to view movie references as a bit of a sport. If you’re not spotting at least a dozen influences or outright homages in his movies, you probably need to rewind – and if you’re watching his earlier films like Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, just give up trying to count.

While Wright has increasingly been moving away from overt name-checks in his movies, he still manages to bury familiar score snippets, costume choices, and plot threads in all of his work. Here are just a few.

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Edgar Wright Wes Craven tribute

Over a twenty-three year career spanning TV and film, Edgar Wright has honed his craft to become one of the most inventive, exciting filmmakers working today. With his genre-bending screwball comedies, Wright has developed an instantly recognizable style, culled from filmmakers before him, like Sam Raimi, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers and more, and given his own unique twist. With rapid-fire montages and close-up cutaways, Wright fully embraces the visual aspect of the visual medium of film (something a shocking number of modern filmmakers seem to overlook). With Wright’s latest film Baby Driver speeding into theaters this week, it’s time to look a selection of the best scenes from his film career.

Spoilers for Wright’s films follow. 

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