Saturday, November 10

Shaun of the Dead

It's movie week here at Teen Fiction Cafe and I have an embarrassing confession to make: I'm not a big fan of zombie movies. Why is this embarrassing you ask? Well, it's because I've actually written a young adult zombie book and sold it to Puffin. Yes, I thought it was a bit odd as well, but the truth is that there is something so hilarious about the word 'zombie' that I just felt compelled to write about them and then once I started, I just couldn't stop (you have no idea how many wonderfully bad brain sucker jokes are out there!!)

However, saying all of that, I might not be a fan of many zombie movies but I'm a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead, which is one of the most perfect films I've ever seen. It's got Simon Pegg in it and a whole host of other British actors doing cameo appearances. It has that hilarious 'zombie' word in it and most importantly it has characterisation. You see, the reason I'm not normally a fan of horror movies is that I just don't care if the main characters do get chewed up, hacked down or splattered all over the place. Not so with Shaun - not only does he girlfriend problems, but he's got a rotten stepfather, a boring job and flatmate issues. In fact, dealing with the zombies is pretty much the easy part of his day!!

Thankfully, since taking the leap to Shaun, I've started to discover some other good zombie movies. 28 Days Later, which has the gorgeous Cillian Murphy and the brilliant Christopher Eccelston and Slither ,which has my guy Nathan Fillion in it. And now zombie expert and wildly funny person, Mark Henry has kindly taken me be the hand to try and improve my zombie education.

So what about everyone else - what sort of movies have made you cross the genre fence for and then got you hooked??


Erica Orloff said...

Hmm . . . I never was really a martial arts film biff, until Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Now I see a lot of them. And I never really watched a ton of foreign films, until Cinema Paridiso, and now I watch them obsessively.


Amanda Ashby said...

Erica, my husband got me into martial arts movie - he's always been a Bruce Lee nut. Anyway, there is a hilarious comedy called Hong Kong Shuffle, which I absolutely adore!!

TJ Brown said...

not into zombie flicks at all... in fact, I pretty much don't like scary movies or suspence flicks either... I don't like adreniline rushes. Too much like an anxiety attack:)

Gerb said...

When we first moved to Japan, we were given a collection of Miyazaki films - my first introduction to anime. I've come to really appreciate *good* anime.

Amanda Ashby said...

Teri - I'm the same - I scare real easy!!!! Oh, Gerb, I've not even heard of anime so now I'd better go and google and find out what they are!!!

Alyson Noel said...

Well, lately I've been watching a ton of documentaries. . .but so far, none of them have been about zombies!!

Sara Hantz said...

I hate anything scary...... when I was in my teens I'd watch horrors, and psychological thrillers at the movies. Not now!!!!

Amanda Ashby said...

Alyson, I think we can take the fact there are no zombie docs as a good thing!!!!!! (though saying that, there probably are some voodoo docs that would mention it - hehehe!)

Sara, I was the same. I used to watch lots of creepy things when I was younger, and then I stopped. However, I have been watching a few creepies lately and it's not been so, sort of!!

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