A romantic comedy, with zombies

Nov 30, 2012
“Shaun of the Dead” stars, from left, Lucy Davis, Kate Ashfield, Dylan Moran, Simon Pegg, Penelope Wilton, Nick Frost and a number of other British actors now familiar to American filmgoers and TV watchers.

Rockland — For those worried about predictions for “12/12/12” — or the end of the Mayan calendar nine days later — the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will screen the 2004 black comedy classic “Shaun of the Dead” as an amateur’s guide to surviving the zombie apocalypse Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

Dubbed by director Edgar Wright as the first of new film genre Rom-Zom-Com" (Romantic Zombie Comedy), “Shaun of the Dead” is a scream in every sense of the word. Brain-hungry zombies are shambling through the streets of London but all unambitious electronics salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg) cares about is his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz, but the petty concerns of life keep getting in the way: when trying to use vinyl records to decapitate a pair of zombies, Shaun and Ed bicker about which bands deserve preservation — New Order they keep, but Sade becomes a lethal weapon.

Many zombie movies are comedies by accident, but “Shaun of the Dead” is deliberately and brilliantly funny, while still delivering a few delicious jolts of fear. The film also features the stealthy comic presence of Bill Nighy (“Love Actually,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”) and some familiar faces from “The Office.”

The evening also will include prizes, giveaways and just plain zombie fun. Tickets are the usual $8.50/$7.50 for the R-rated film. For information about all Strand Theatre films, live music and performance events and HD broadcasts, visit rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070 or send email to info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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