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Shaun of the Dead

When at work, talking to the youngsters, Shaun mentions that "Ash" is also sick and can't come to work. A nod to the classic The Evil Dead (1981) trilogy where Bruce Campbell plays Ash, also a sales clerk.

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When Shaun is on the phone to his mum, Ed shouts "We're coming to get you Barbra". This is a tribute to the famous "they're coming to get you Barbra" line from Night of the Living Dead (1968) .

Throughout the film, several of the original music scores from Dawn of the Dead (1978) are played, such as during the Universal logo and during Shaun's several plans for picking up Liz and his mother.

Just as Shaun switches the TV off near the end of the film you can hear a reporter saying something like '...meanwhile, reports that the outbreak was caused by rage-infected monkeys have been described as bullsh*t-'. This is a jibe at Danny Boyle's film 28 Days Later - the creators of SOTD didn't appreciate the fact that in 28DL the "zombies" could run and move quickly.

The fake 'Trisha' clips shown in the film were shot during recording breaks of the actual 'Trisha' show.

When Shaun is searching an Italian restaurant in the Yellow Pages, he finds one called Fulci's, a reference to Italian horror director Lucio Fulci.

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Although it seems like Diane was killed after she left the Winchester, she actually does survive. If you watch the "Plot Holes" section on the DVD, Diane explains how she used David's leg as a weapon, fought through the zombies to a tree, ate part of the leg for sustenance, and then came down after everything was back to normal.

George A. Romero liked this movie so much he offered the director and the two main actors cameos in his zombie movie Land of the Dead (2005). Though Nick Frost did not accept, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright have cameos as 'Photo Booth Zombies'.

Simon Pegg was offered a part in Dog Soldiers (2002), but SOTD director Edgar Wright wanted this to be his first horror film, so he turned it down.

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At the end of the movie you see a cameo by Chris Martin supporting a foundation called Zomb-Aid. You also see him as a zombie at the pub. When Shaun and Liz come out from the cellar, he is the zombie walking right to left in front of a phone box.

In the scene where the survivors try to get into the Winchester, and Shaun tries to lure the zombies away from Di, David, Ed, and Liz, Shaun says, "Oh boy," when he gets up on the platform so all the zombies will see him. When Shaun says, "Oh boy," like he's frightened, his fear is real and at one point in the movie Simon Pegg actually tells all the zombie actors to "f*ck off" and to end the shot for the moment because the zombie actors looked too real. Check for it, it's in the outtakes.

The "pyjama zombie" (appeared as a human in the bus queue at the start) is voiced by Simon Pegg (Shaun).

'Noel' the 17 year old shop assistant at the electrical store is also known as 'Noodle' who Ed gets rung up by twice in the film to ask if he has any drugs.

Shaun's second walk to the shop is only one shot, and took 13 takes to achieve.

The pizza place next to Shaun's local newsagents is called Bub's Pizza; a nod to Day of the Dead (1985) in which the scientist's experimental zombie is called Bub.

Trampolining over a garden fence to save someone from a marauding zombie? Looks like someone else played a lot of "Zombies Ate My Neighbours" as a kid. See Link

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Shaun's mum calls Shaun "Pickle" because that's what Writer/Director Edgar Wright's mum used to call him.

The running gag about dogs not being able to look up was inspired by a theory that Nick Frost came up as a result of an incident that occurs in the second series of 'Spaced', a show starring Shaun Of The Dead's Frost and Simon Pegg, both directed by Edgar Wright. In a scene from Series 2, Episode 6, Daisy bangs on the window in Marsha's room and shouts for Colin, he looks round. However, he looks directly behind him rather than up where Daisy is, at the second floor window. Whether or not the theory has some truth in it, the reason behind the scene was this. The shot of Colin is from Daisy's viewpoint from the second floor window, whereas when we see Daisy it is shot from outside on the ground looking up. The sound made to get the dog to look round was made off camera at ground level. This is explained on the Shaun Of The Dead DVD cast commentary.

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In the film, Matt Lucas is wearing an "I Love Pussy" T-shirt. This shirt was designed for Ed's character, but this was considered too distracting for the entire film, so Ed wears an "I Got Wood" T-shirt. Other rejected designs include "Bumpin' Donuts", "Pull My Finger" and "I'm Here About The Blowjob".

When Shaun is going to the shop to get a Cornetto, there is a radio in the background saying something about a satellite exploding. A reference to Night of the Living Dead, when the explosion of a probe returning from Venus was the explanation offered for the zombie outbreak.

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Shaun: Mum, what if I told you that on several occasions, he touched me. [pause.] That was made up, not true, shouldn't have said that.

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Mistakes

At Barbara and Phil's house, just as the hooded zombie bites a chunk out of Phil's neck (before Shaun leaps over the car hood) the black mat with two long white marks is visible on the pavement, behind the second zombie (beside the car). It's gone in following shots.

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