Shaun (Simon Pegg), of course, is the lead of Shaun of the Dead (2004), directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg. The film is first film of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End (2013). Shaun of the Dead is, without a doubt, one of the best zombie apocalypse comedies, not to mention the fact it is also a romantic comedy. If you have not seen the film, then today is the perfect day to start.
Shaun is not a perfect character. He works a dead in job at Foree (an electronic shop) where the younger employees do not respect him. He still refuses to warm to his stepfather Phillip (Bill Nighy) despite the fact he has been in his life since he was a child. His roommate Pete (Peter Serafinowicz) loathes their other roommate Ed (Nick Frost), who happens to be Shaun’s best friend. Then Shaun’s girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is fed up with their routine of drinks at the Winchester (a local pub), still not being introduce to Shaun’s mother, and, of course, is tired of spending their dates with Ed and her flatmates David (Dylan Moran) and Dianne (Lucy Davis). Needless to say, when Shaun fails at a romantic anniversary, Liz dumps him. He then spends the night drinking at the Winchester and listening to electro music (plus a round of a zombified version of White Lines). All the while the news keeps reporting suspicious behavior and people claiming to being bitten by strangers.
After a few attempts, Shaun has a plan and he and Ed are off to rescue Shaun’s mom Barbara (Penelope Wilton) and Phillip, along with Liz and her friends and head to the Winchester (until the whole thing blows over). Equipped with a cricket bat and a shovel they set off (turns out their records only did minimal damage - tested on two zombies in their back garden). There are, of course, ups and downs, and a few casualties along the way, However, Shaun takes on the hero role - looking for shortcuts, pretending to be a zombie to get through a hoard, an epic fight scene to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” plus finding out the gun above the bar at the Winchester actually works.
Like, I said, Shaun is not perfect, but he is a good son, a good friend, and a good boyfriend (not many people would set out to rescue an ex). Shaun can rise to the occasion to kill a zombie by “by removing the head or destroying the brain.” However, he most likely would still rather play video games with Ed or have a quiet night at home watching the telly or grabbing drinks at the pub with Liz. Does not sound so bad after a zombie apocalypse.
Shaun’s look is based around his Foree employee uniform: short sleeve white button-up, striped red tie, trousers, and shoes. It starts off pristine, but then “you got red on you” - first with a leaky red pen, then with zombie blood. By the end he has secured his tie around his head and his shirt is splattered with blood.
For my all casual cosplay ensemble, I wanted to use the Foree employee badge as a necklace, but also the tie as a head scarf ( a striped scarf I stole from my husband’s side of the closet). For the necklace, I printed the badge on card stock, adding a few extra layers of cardstock with glue to make it more durable. In between two layers of cardstock I used a sterling silver bail to loop through a necklace chain. I then paired this necklace with my Tatty Devine Zombie “Grrr” necklace (purchased in 2012). For clothes, I layered a white long-sleeve button-up (scrunched up sleeves) over a red tank top (got red on you affect) and paired them with black cords and converse (better to run or kill zombies in). Yeah, Boy! It is as simple as that. I even have a few zombies to practice my movies on, though sadly no cricket bat, but I think I can still take them.