Shaun of the Dead

Trivia: 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.

Trivia: When the gang come across another group made up of identical characters, that may be all the entertainment many people get out of the meeting. However, they're all stars of fantastic UK comedy shows, many with links to stars of this film - The leader is Jessica Stevenson, star of Spaced, which also starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost from this, and was directed by Edgar Wright, who also directed this. Behind her are Martin Freeman from The Office, which also starred Lucy Davis (Dianne in this), Reece Shearsmith from The League of Gentlemen, Tamsin Greig from Black Books, which stars Dylan Moran (David in this), Julia Deakin, also from "Spaced", and Matt Lucas from Little Britain. Not that that's all they've done, but to list all their mighty comedic achievements would take far too long - check them all out on the IMDb. Comic geniuses (genii?) the lot of them.

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Trivia: As the gang shuffle towards the pub, in one or two brief shots of the zombie mob, one of the zombies is dressed exactly like the character Tyres (a bike messenger) from "Spaced", and in fact is played by the same actor, Michael Smiley.Keep an eye out for some bright blue and yellow clothing.

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Trivia: In one scene where Shaun and Pete are arguing in the kitchen, if you look over Shaun's shoulder you can just about see the ubiquitous phrase "Fried Gold." written on the fridge's message board.

Chris Blower

Trivia: During the film, Ed tells Shaun that "Snakehips" is always surrounded by women. Later in the film, we see Snakehips being devoured by three female zombies.

Trivia: When Simon Pegg says "he's not my boyfriend." in the pub, then promptly calls Nick Frost "babe", that's a gag which also featured in their TV show "Spaced".

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Trivia: The Cornetto joke originated when Edgar Wright (the director) got extremely drunk as a teen and somehow had his hangover cured in the morning when he ate a Cornetto. The reference in this film is made when Ed asks for a Cornetto while he has a hangover.

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Trivia: The (fictional) supermarket chain that the zombiefied Mary and Noel work for is called "LANDIS" (you can see it on their name badges). This is a nod to director John Landis: Simon Pegg has mentioned in interviews that Landis' An American Werewolf in London was an influence on this film. It's also very similar to "Londis" - a chain of shops in the UK.

Chris Blower
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Trivia: While Shaun is feeling depressed, Ed is telling him his drinking plan for the next day. Listen out for clues to subsequent events: "Bloody Mary" - Checkout Girl, "Bite at the king's head" - Phillip, "Couple" - David and Di, "Little Princess" - Liz, "Stagger back" - impersonate zombies, "Bar For Shots" - firing rifle. (00:18:45)

Trivia: Throughout the movie, Ed can be seen playing the video game Timesplitters 2. As a possible way of saying thanks, the line "You've got red on you" was given to a zombie in the third Timesplitters game, Timesplitters 3 - Future Perfect.

Trivia: The shots where Dylan Moran is being torn apart by the zombies look almost identical to the deaths of two of the soldiers in Day Of The Dead.

Trivia: Nick Frost had a patch of his hair shaved to show how Ed was the kind of guy to pass out at a party and have stuff done to him, but it's also a reference to Arnie, who had a bald patch after T3 and explained to the press how he shaved it for a part in a movie, so Nick Frost shaved his for a part in this movie.

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Trivia: Shaun works at Foree Electronics. Ken Foree was one of stars of the original Dawn Of The Dead (1978).

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Trivia: When Shaun jumps on the trampoline to get over the hedge, it's a reference to the SNES game Zombies Ate My Neighbours. Simon Pegg does a version of this in all 3 films in the Cornetto trilogy.

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Visible crew/equipment: 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. (00:46:30)

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More mistakes in Shaun of the Dead

Pete: It's four in the fucking morning!
Shaun: It's Saturday!
Pete: No, it's not. It's fucking Sunday. And I've got to go to fucking work in four fucking hours 'cos every other fucker in my fucking department is fucking ill! Now can you see why I'm SO FUCKING ANGRY?!
Ed: Fuck, yeah!

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