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SEPTEMBER 2004

The Braaaains
Behind
'SHAUN OF THE DEAD'




Simon, Edgar, & Ed
(left to right) Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, & Nick Frost


***SPOILER ALERT***
(Interview contains some spoilers, both major and minor)



Interview by Dead Kev

On September 24th, the self-proclaimed "rom-zom-com" Shaun of the Dead (review) will be opening to theaters all over the United States. Already a hit in the UK, this romantic comedy with zombies is preparing to take Americans by storm. I finally got the chance to see what the hype was all about when I attended a screening of the film in Atlanta, the last stop for the film's U.S. promotional tour. Shaun of the Dead ended up being everything I expected and more, and the next morning, I caught up to the men behind the mayhem...director/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer/actor Simon Pegg and actor Nick Frost. After exchanging pleasantries, the zombie talk began. We join the interview already in progress...



The Shaun of the Dead Edgar: It feels like a...kind of like sort of a height of all types of zombie films the last kinda couple of years, Especially with Land of the Dead coming up as well.

Oh yeah. And with Resident Evil 2 coming out.

Edgar: Have you seen Resident Evil 2?

No, I haven't seen it yet.

Edgar: I read a review of it last night?

Was it any good?

Edgar: Middling. [laughs] Like 3 out of 5, middling. It sounded like something he really wanted to like it more...

Yeah, I don't know, I'll just have to see it.

Edgar: I didn't really like the first one that much.

I thought it was okay.

Edgar: We like the games though.

Yeah, those were the first video games that actually scared me.

Edgar: Yeah. Absolutely.

Playing the video games in the dark was really...I always had to turn the lights on.

Simon: Used to make me jump. Nick used to be in the other room where we'd stay.

Nick: He's got his earphones on, so I can just hear people in there going "Ooouhuhuh."

[everyone laughs]

Simon: And then every now and then I'd go "Aaaagh!" [laughs] When you come out of a door and there'd be one of those hunters just stood there.

Or when the arms that would pop out in the hallways.

Simon: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Edgar: The thing that always used to freak me out in the first one is that fuckin' tarantula. It was annoying with that "boom boom boom boom." It was just like, I hate spiders and I remember playing it the first time the tarantula came out I shat my pants. [yells] No! No spiders. I thought this was a zombie game, there's not supposed to be any fucking big spiders here.

Simon: You'd walk into a room in that game, and there'd just be a zombie standing in the corner of the room, and just sort of swaying. Which I guess, you know, is probably part of the inspiration for that scene when they [Shaun & Ed] open the curtain and Mary just stood in the garden.

Edgar: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Simon: It's just so eerie, that you might not even notice it when you come in, it just stood there.

Edgar: It's almost like that kind of video game activation thing whereby a foe will not start moving until you actually come within its area and stuff.

Simon: And that was something that he kind of, the designers of the game, took from Romero almost. They kinda calculated Romero's zombies and then took them one step further, and thought that they would do this as well. And if there was one in a room on its own, it would probably just stand there, you know. I thought that showed immense perception. And I would say, that really the very heart of this renaissance that's occurred recently with all these new sort of zombie films was probably sparked off by that.

Oh yeah. Definitely, I think so too. It was huge.

Edgar: Have you seen, Kevin, the scene in Spaced that was the zombie theme?

I haven't scene any of Spaced, but I've heard lots of great things about it.

Edgar: Obviously it's not a horror, sort of, show, but it's very genre-inflected and there was this one episode where Simon's character has been playing Resident Evil 2 for like 10 hours after taking some speed.

Yeah, I did hear about that episode.

Edgar: He's kind of fighting off zombies in the flat. So, that was the thing that in turn that sparked off the idea of doing this [Shaun OTD]. Having played the games and done that bit in the show, we're thinking "fuck yeah, wouldn't it be amazing..."

Simon: To do a film, yeah.
Shaun of the Dead
Was that a pretty popular episode with the fans?

Simon: It was the best thing, because...one of our proudest moments in our career, was that after Friends at 9:30 on a Friday night the announcement came "Next on Spaced and it may contain some scenes that viewers may find offensive."

Edgar: [laughs] Literally, our show was on between Friends and Frasier, the first series was. And you know, the opening of that episode has like a zombie's head getting shot off with a shotgun. I kept thinking when we were making it, it's like, no they're never going to let us show this. Then they just showed it at 9:30. And I think for some people, the genre fans, watching it was like "Oh My God, I can't believe I just saw that zombie-shotgun action in a sitcom."

From the actual video game footage?

Edgar: No, no. It was real. We were fighting real zombies. But then we also, the rest of the episode, Simon's character in the episode pretty much stayed in front of the TV the whole time, and we had the rights to the game, so we had footage from the game. And then we...they gave us everything as well. They gave us the footage and they gave us some of the score. So we actually scored that episode in Resident Evil. And some of the sad bit later, it's got some of the melancholy music from it. It's funny, because we did the same thing in the Shaun of the Dead that we did with Spaced. It's like I was talking about in the Q&A last night, if we have references, we like to be really specific. The worst thing is when you have films or TV shows, mainly TV shows, that make up games. So like, I always hate that when you see a comedy show and they're playing a game and they say, "Oh what are you playing?" And he says, "I'm playing Mega Kill 404, level 3, fighting draculiers." It's such bullshit. Did you hear us, what we were saying last night about Medal of Honor?

[In the previous night’s Q&A, they told the story of how EA rejected their use of their game Medal of Honor in a scene of Shaun of the Dead because they did not want their game associated with, essentially couch potato loser-guys. So they used Time Splitters 2 instead.]

That was hilarious.

Edgar: Yeah, it's so stupid.

I mean, who else plays video games... [laughs]

Simon: I know, it's ridiculous.

This is the last stop on the tour. I know it's been tiring, obviously. How does it feel to have it come to an end?

Edgar: The only downside to it is just the physical fatigue, really. In terms of the screenings and stuff, every night it's been really great. The response has always been fantastic. And so far, all the critics around the country that we've met seem to really genuinely dig it. In a way, even though I was so fucked last night, so tired, when I got back to my hotel room and switched on the TV and I saw the first Shaun of the Dead TV spot on Comedy Central, I just looked around I was like, "wow."

I think I just started seeing them for the first time a week or so ago.

Simon: Oh, cool.

Edgar: I know. That's great for them to be well ahead of time, three weeks before.

I'm glad that they're putting some marketing behind it and not just screwing off with it.

Edgar: Well the thing of it is that they pulled the release forward because of the buzz on the internet. Because it was supposed to be scheduled, you know when Focus bought it, they didn't know what to do at first. Then they did a test screening in New York that we attended, which went really well. And they did another one somewhere else...I think it was in Arizona...that went really well. And then, I think because of NBC taking over Universal, there was a hold on things. And then it was announced for February of next year, because they wanted to release it on Valentine's Day next year. And then because of the internet buzz they pulled it right forward. And then we swapped places with Seed of Chucky as well. Because Seed of Chucky wasn't ready. And weirdly enough, our editor of Shaun of the Dead, is now editing Seed of Chucky in London.

Do you ever get to spend any time in the cities that you're touring, and hang out?

Nick: A day in New York, a day in Detroit.

Simon: We have a day off every week. And we just really had time in Seattle, Detroit, and New York, and that was it.

Edgar: There are some places we saw seen more than others. Like, I have a terrible feeling that we're gonna see barely anything of Atlanta today. You know, because we're just here, and then we're going to CNN, and that's it. So some cities, we really try to see as much as we can, cause like we, quite a few of them we saw, because we've been doing that tour diary thing, as well, on the Shaun Squad site.

Simon: The Blog!

Edgar: The blog. It's been a really good thing to do, because otherwise we wouldn't remember it all, you know what I mean?

The CNN...is that going to be on air today?

Edgar: Ummm...I think we've got a couple things on CNN.

Simon: It's not live is it?

Shaun and Ed Edgar: Yeah, we're doing Live with Larry King today. [laughs]

Simon: No. They're talking about the Republican convention. [laughs]

Edgar: What's funny about it is, there are some cities that we barely saw anything of, like Miami and Chicago. I think Miami, we were there for literally about 15 hours. It's been really good sort of like, you know, introducing the screenings and stuff. If our flight hadn't been delayed, we would've introduced last night.

So you usually catch all the shows?

Edgar: We've only missed but two introductions. Every other night, we've managed to introduce.

Simon: We usually say "hi", and this is our film. We don't usually watch it, not because we don't like watching it, because...

You've seen it so many times already probably...

Simon: Well no, it's not that. It's hard to watch it with an audience because you end up watching the audience or listening to the audience. It's almost tiring, because you're thinking ok, this is coming up and how are they going to do. What we usually do, is if we can hang out nearby the theater, we'll come back for Mary and see her in the garden.

Yeah, that was a great scene.

Simon: You know, because that's generally the litmus test. But no, we'll disappear off and wait it out, and come back. I always like to watch the last 5 minutes with the audience. See David go through the window, the reaction to the TV stuff at the end, and then Ed in the shed, I always love the reaction to that.

That got a nice response last night.


Edgar: Yeah, we saw.

I, like I think a lot of people will be, was surprised at the amount of gore that was used in the film. Was there ever a point that you thought you might alienate some of the mainstream audiences?

Simon: Not really. I remember, Edgar and me, reading it and saying "is it bloody enough?" Are we going to have enough blood? We wanted it to be, the film had to be a genuine credible horror movie, and a genuine credible comedy, you know, and those two things had to operate together. And without ever at the expense of each other. So, we didn't want to sanitize the film because we wanted to make it a family comedy. You know, if you want to watch the film, you're going to have to take it all.

Lovely zombies... Edgar: It's also interesting in a way, as well, in some ways it becomes more shocking in a way. Because it's not as gory, it's not as balls to the wall as Dead Alive or Evil Dead 2. What works is if you have 25 minutes of no gore and then someone dies really bloody, it's like "whoah." It's kind of like, when I think of Dead Alive, I absolutely adore that film, I think it's fantastic. But it's interesting some people that you watch it with who you think oh, they'll really love this, kinda get kind of tired watching it. Because at the very first scene, you see someone gets disemboweled. And so, when the film starts you're thinking "Oh God", this is going to get crazy. We wanted to have the best of both worlds. Kinda have a comedy that had a broad appeal than every now and again have something that's genuinely quite shocking. And I think for some people in the UK who watch this film, and haven't seen the Romero originals, or haven't even seen the Dawn remake, and were just in awe. God it just must be a blast for that to be your first zombie film. [laughs]

Well I thought it was a perfect blend...you know, it wasn't so over-the-top like in Dead Alive.

Edgar: The reason for that is that that film cannot be topped. In terms of that kind of like, sort of, I can't see how in terms of the splatstick how that film can ever be topped.

I liked the fact that Shaun was kept very realistic. I mean, besides the fact that people are becoming zombies...the comedy is everything surrounding the zombies, while the zombies themselves are kept very serious.

Simon: That was always our intention, you know. We never wanted to make fun of the zombies. We wanted to make it very reverential and serious about it. And we're big fans of specifically the Romero trilogy and kind of wanted to get the across. You know, we wanted that to be an underlining reverence to the film. And for the comedy to always be a reaction to the zombies and not from the zombies themselves. The zombies, I guess the one common thing, which is ambiguous, that a zombie does is when Phillip is in the car and he turns the music off. Now, that is probably an accident, but it's a little joke that the old thing is them remembering something from their previous life. And that's music banging and Shaun and his mom having an argument...that was the one moment of where a zombie does a joke and that was it.

It was impressive to me, and it's a credit to the script, is that you were able to put in some genuinely emotional moments in the film, with Shaun and his mom, with Philip, and I know that my roommate said she got teary-eyed with the scene with Ed at the end.

[Collective "Awwwwww" and laughter]

Edgar: That came out of, cause we expect from the script, the film has more of a kind of a 'before' than most horror films do. And we tried to play that out as much as possible. So that you get to know these people before you get to see the effects of the zombie epidemic on them. In that sense, because you've built up theses characters so much, to have the ending just a series of splats, and seeing people die in different and creative ways, we kind of had to give the death scenes the dignity the characters deserved in a way. It was a definite decision of like, okay, if Shaun's mum is going to die, then if for any reason this gets dismissed then whole film will fall apart. If it were to become jokey, I think the film would...there's a time throughout the film is quite flippant at first, or it seems like the characters are, but then it's like at some point comedy and tragedy are going to collide. So I'm really pleased that we did it and it was a little bit of a gamble, because when people were reading the script they were going, "Oh my god, I didn't expect him to shoot his mum's head off." [laughs]

I didn't either!

Simon: It was almost like we had no choice, we built the film up to that point and the only way we can credibly do this is if we do it properly, and have people genuinely be upset and it to be genuinely a difficult moment. Same when Shaun says goodbye to his dad and goodbye to Ed, you know. Cause that was the mood of the film we were making. If he suddenly started joking around...you know, we needed a bit of time after Barbara went down.

I think it worked, I think it really worked well. You guys are big fans of Dead Alive...well, I enjoyed it a lot more than Dead Alive because it wasn't so over-the-top...

Edgar: I think with horror comedy, there's so many different ways you can do it. There's a world between, like...Evil Dead and Dead Alive and a world between Evil Dead and American Werewolf in London. One of the really fun things about doing this film, is that we hopefully have nailed a slightly unique tone in that it is a horror comedy, but it doesn't really have the tone of...you know every film is slightly different except the way they work. One of the nicest things about it is that the horror fans have seemed to really have embraced it and people, even the hardcore Romero fans, have respected it on that level. And that for us is really nice. We would have hated to done the genre a disservice in any way. The title is quite punny is a way, so I think that some people are expected another Scary Movie, which it isn't at all.

Simon: We wanted to come to this so that the horror fans knew that we knew what we were talking about, you know. That we weren't just sort of, taking liberties with what is essentially a really nice, branded horror myth. Romero's zombies were a brilliant creation, really clever little mix of a few things. The old Haitian zombie, you stick a bit of vampirism in there, and a bit of werewolf communicable bite stuff, and you've got Romero zombie.

Ed, David, Di, and Liz Edgar: You can get a fact sheet on that [laughs]

Simon: Yeah, there's a little recipe, it's great. And I thought, even when I was young, even though I enjoyed the Return of the Living Dead series, I always kinda felt "ughh".

Edgar: I think the low point in zombie comedy has got to be at the end of Return of the Living Dead. Like, "Thriller" was bad enough in terms of making zombies funny, but at the end of Return of the Living Dead, a zombie comes on dressed as Michael Jackson. I was like, "ah man, that's a bad gag."

Simon: Suddenly they're making it so that they, it's just brains that they want, and suddenly the whole thing about getting rid of the head goes out the window, because they don't die. I know it's not set in stone. It would be an extremely reactionary to say no, that they always have to be like this. But we wanted people to know where Shaun of the Dead stood.

So you guys set it in right in the Romero universe?

Edgar: Oh yeah. That was definitely the idea. That's why we joked that it was a companion film. It's like, that was happening in Pittsburgh, this was happening in North London.

Any backstory on, if it started in Pittsburgh, how the epidemic spread to the UK?

Edgar: [laughs] We never...

Haven't thought that deeply?

Edgar: No, we haven't really thought about it.

Simon: Somebody who had been bitten got on a plane, and during the flight died and came back bit everybody in the plane, the plane landed, and a whole load of zombies got out, and bang.

That works.

Edgar: They're doing a zombie plane thing. Flight of the Living Dead.

Simon: Flight of the Living Dead.

I think Lions Gate is doing that one.

Simon: We never wanted to...well, the Romero films is where we took our cue from them, but the actual cause of the epidemic, or whatever you want to call it, is never clear because we didn't want the audience to know any more than Shaun. The audience's only ever one step ahead of Shaun and they can see what's going on around them, but they still don't have all the knowledge.

Edgar: It's like that that sequence where he's in the store and he looks at the papers and on the papers there are several different things. Like GM Crops, super flu, and downed satellite, and you hear about the downed satellite, and that was obviously taken straight from Night of the Living Dead, but we thought if we just throw everything in there, and even at the end it's not entirely clear. What did the guy say, "we now know that the epidemic was caused by..." and you're like, "What? What happened?" And that came from when the foot and mouth crisis happened in the UK, the kinda mad cow thing. I, having missed the news for about 2 weeks, and the first thing I knew about it was when I switched on the TV and there was the footage of burning cattle. I was like, "What?" I thought I had kinda missed a memo or something. I felt really embarrassed at having to ask people what was going on. So, that was the idea. With that joke, it was like, it would be quite conceivable for some of these characters to just miss that bit of just what was happening.

I know that the UK audiences know you all from Spaced, is the American response different from those over there, seeing as most don't know your previous work?

Edgar: In some ways...well, obviously it went down very well in the UK, but in some ways it's, not better over here, but one of the nice things is that I've always been quick to stress to anybody is that you don't have to have seen Spaced to enjoy Shaun of the Dead and in some respects, you might even enjoy it more in that you'll see it with no baggage whatsoever. In a way, in some of the screenings that we've been to where people don't know anything about it, it's quite a blast knowing that they're enjoying a film where they don't actually know any of the actors at all, maybe Bill Nighy. It's been really nice. So, in that respect, it's gone down really well here because in Spaced, it's pretty much funny all the way through...well there's some drama bits in there, but people in the UK were really surprised at the mum death, whereas over here people they're just taking it as it comes, you know what I mean? So it's been really good. But there's some references and stuff that get bigger laughs over here than they do over in the UK. Like Clyde and White Lines and Public Enemy.

The Winchester Pub Simon: I'm sure this is a cultural difference thing, but the British audiences, British people tend to be slightly more reserved in their emotional responses across the board, you know. I always feel sorry for American standards when they come into the UK, because you can sense that they think they're not going down so well, but they are. They're being loved just as much as they are over here, it's just that we just don't vocalize as loudly. So they're getting laughter that sounds like it's not what they usually get. Here, you know we've been watching the film with audiences that it's just been deafening and it's like "what the fuck, this is incredible", and they're missing other jokes because they're laughing and cheering too loudly.

Was that surprising coming over here? Were the expectations exceeded as far as the crowd reactions?

Edgar: Yeah, when we went to a test screening and we went to the ComiCon. We did like three screenings at ComiCon and it was just like...

Yeah, I heard that was packed.

Edgar: Yeah! It was really good fun.

Simon: Then we did a panel that was just like, you know, three thousand people. It was crazy.

Edgar: It was really crazy. So that was really heartwarming. And then, in a way, the tour has been, either like screenings like last night, or the Fangoria one, where people have been aware of it anyway. But it also been good just doing it in towns where people will come at random. Like Minneapolis or something like that.

Nick: Denver

Edgar: Denver, that was the most polite kinda audience.

Nick: They hate the Denver Broncos as well.

Edgar: [laughs] Usually when we introduce it, Nick does find a bit out about the local sports team and then we do a monologue about it...

Nick: I act like I've known the local team for years.

Simon: Yeah, make fun of "insert team name" here.

Edgar: [laughs] And it always works.

Any amusing fan encounters on the tour?

Simon: Everybody's been really nice so far. We've not met anybody...

No crazy people?

Simon: No, occasionally you'll get the person who wants to...

Edgar: Someone gave me some hash brownies last night. I had half of one, which was not a good idea.

[laughs]

Simon: The worst I could say is that occasionally you get someone who just wants to talk for a little bit longer than you've got...

Edgar: The only bad ones are the people who clearly...there's that one autograph hunter guy in Washington, DC who had three different things and I said, "Who's this to?" and he goes, "No, just sign your name."

Nick: Keep it generic!

Shaun finds time for a game of cricket... Edgar: Keep it generic [laughs].

I'm not going to sell this on eBay or anything...

Edgar: There was a funny one the other night in Dallas. There was this one guy in Q&A that stood up, sort of this tubby guy. He said, "Can I be your best friend?". And Nick said, "He's already got a chubby sidekick." [laughs] It brought the house down, that's great.

I've been hearing about the film for, what seems like forever now, and I have yet to see a negative review about it. Have you had any bad reviews? What's the worst thing that someone's written about it?

Edgar: There's a couple of bad ones where people are sorta saying oh it's overrated. The response overwhelmingly though has been really nice. We had a couple of bad ones in the UK that people were just dismissive of it. The guy that edits Starburst said "I didn't get it, but everybody else in the screening was laughing their heads off. But I didn't get it." The most amazing thing was the newspapers in the UK. Across the board, from the tabloids to the really high-brow, really liked it. So we only had a couple of bad ones.

Simon: Every now and then we'd get someone that just didn't get it. And in a way, it didn't bother us in any way, because it seemed like they just didn't get it, you know what I mean? There's one on Rotten Tomatoes, and we got like a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is really cool, but there was one reviewer that says that "this is pointless and stupid." I mean really, what did we do? Upset your mom or something? [laughs]

About the characters...how much of Shaun and Ed are in you two guys?

Simon: A lot. A lot of it was taken from situations in real life. I mean, certainly the idea that Shaun and Ed couldn't drag themselves away the one pub. Couldn't go anywhere else. That was from my and Nick and the pub we would always used to visit. And our girlfriends would always...my wife would always have to go there. Not that they didn't love it to. But the idea of having the local pub which is the very center of your universe was from real life, certainly. And, you know, there are times when we've both been Shaun-ish and Ed-ish in terms of not wanting to commit to adult life and being a bit flaky, and not sort of taking on responsibility and trying to stay like kids. We've both had experience with that and I'm sure you have as well.

Edgar: Yeah, yeah. We definitely...we put into the script a lot of close to home stuff. And it was kind of a fun thing to do to write the life that you can't live anymore. And some relationship stuff comes from truth, so it's quite nice to, sort of make an apology for being a lousy boyfriend in a zombie film [laughs]. Absolve yourself!

Would you ever do a straight horror film? A non-comedy?

Simon: Yeah.

Edgar: Yeah, I'd certainly be interested. It'd be a challenge in a way, to do it. You know, I'd love to see Peter Jackson to do a straight horror movie.

You know, I had heard a while back he was wanting to do a low-budget zombie film on the weekends...

Edgar: Yeah, he was talking about some World War I thing. You know I met him in Wellington and that was the weirdest thing he said to me, well not weird, but it was great. He said he loved it [Shaun] so much that it made him want to do another low-budget horror movie. And I said, "Well, I watch your films and it makes me want to make a 100 million dollar film." [laughs]

Any plans for a sequel?

'Shaun OTD' in 2000AD Edgar: It seems unlikely in terms of (a) we wrap it up so comprehensively at the end that there's really nowhere to go with it. We had at one point, Simon had an idea for a potential sequel and also, I had an idea for almost like a possible alternate reality sequel, which then wouldn't be a zombie film it would be a different genre. But we spent the last three years on it, that we want to continue the sensibility in a different sort of genre. That's not to say that we won't be in a genre film, or that we won't return to horror or sci-fi or whatever. But I think it may our last zombie thing for awhile [laughs].

Simon: Also, if you do a sequel, we'd have to bring the zombies back. And that would mean that when you watch the first film again, you'd know at the end that it wasn't the end. And we want that to be the end at the end of the film.

Edgar: We've had fun doing the comic strips stuff we did for "2000 AD". And we have kinda thought, maybe at some point, to do a graphic novel. Either like another parallel story, like to tell the story of Yvonne's gang. Or do a follow-up thing as a comic.

There's a lot of spin-off ideas...

Simon: Yeah.

Edgar: Have you seen the ones we did for "2000 AD"?

I had read about it, but I never saw the actual strip.

Edgar: The other one, I think, is in some of the DVD cases in the UK, the limited editions. We did the story of Mary, the checkout girl, and we did how she becomes a zombie. And we did another one about the guy the guy with one arm that was sorta dressed up as a best man. So we did two different stories and it was really good fun to write, especially seeing as "2000 AD" is such a culty magazine in the UK.

Simon: Yeah it was great.

[The time flew by and I had time for only one last question. I decided on getting their picks for worst zombie film they'd ever seen...]

Edgar: We watched a thing, what was that tape you bought me? It was called Zombiethon and it had clips from like, Zombie Lake...and there's one that...

Simon: City of the Living Dead...

Edgar: City of the Living Dead is pretty bad. Or actually...it's got a couple of good bits in it, it's got the good bit in it with the coffin bit, and the bit with the guts, and the bit with the drill. But the actually zombies in it are really shit [laughs]. But I'd say Zombie Lake.

Simon: Zombie Lake.

Nick: Zombie Lake he says.

So ended our interview. And I quite agree, Zombie Lake (review) is a real heap.

Edgar and I had been exchanging e-mails for awhile previous to my attending the screening, so it was great finally getting to meet him, along with the very funny Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. These three couldn't have been more friendly and down-to-earth...a real pleasure to chat with. Despite everyone (including me) suffering from a little sleep deprivation, they were really eager to talk about the film and about zombies in general. I didn't get many of my questions asked (of course I had a ton), mainly due to time constraints and the fact that I just enjoyed listening to these guys talk. They really know their stuff, and it's really heartening to chat with filmmakers that have a true respect for the genre and for the man, Romero, who's mostly responsible for the the undead phenomenon we know and love today. They've done us fans proud with Shaun of the Dead, so make sure you go see it! Thanks again to Edgar, Simon, and Nick for spending some time with me.


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