Zombie invasion? Find out what to do with this hilarious Shaun of the Dead quiz!

Julie Medina

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About This Quiz

This British horror comedy film takes a 29-year-old electronics shop salesman and puts him in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Recall the Winchester, how to blend in with zombies, and the best way to kill one, with this hilarious trivia quiz.

What is the name of the 29-year-old electronics shop salesman?

In this movie, a type of parody of Dawn of the Dead. Shaun (which rhymes with dawn) is a 29-year-old electronics shop salesman with no direction in life. Shaun is played by Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He co-wrote and starred in Hot Fuzz and The World's End.

Where does Shaun decide is the safest place to go during a zombie apocalypse?

There are drinks, snacks, TV, and you can smoke at the Winchester Tavern. There is also a Winchester rifle above the bar. The Winchester was a real pub, until it was closed and turned into flats. It was located on Monson Road, New Cross Gate, London SE14.

What is the name of Shaun’s actress friend, who teaches them to blend in with zombies?

Although Shaun thinks Dianne is not a very good actress, she provides a short acting class to everyone so they can blend in with the zombies. It works, until they get to the Winchester and can’t get in. John and Bernie, who run the Winchester, are the real names of the landlord and landlady who owned Simon Pegg’s (Shaun) local pub in Highgate. Pegg and Director Nick Frost used to frequent the pub’s Thursday night quiz, leading to the line, “we do the quiz,” when Shaun is knocking on the Winchester’s door.

What is the best way to kill a zombie?

Ed and Shaun hear on the news that zombies can only be stopped by a fatal blow to the head. Did you know that all the newsreaders in the film are newsreaders in real life? For instance, David Walliams is on a TV news broadcast, Mark Gatiss is on the radio, Keith Chegwin is hosting the Fun Dead program and Rob Brydon is voicing the Zombies From Hell show at the end.

What is the name of Shaun’s best friend?

Ed is Shaun's vulgar, unemployed best friend. He is portrayed by Nick Frost, a British actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer, and author. He is best known for his work in the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, and the television comedy Spaced.

Who says this to Shaun and Ed? “And the front door is open AGAIN!”

Shaun's housemate, Pete, is fed up with both Shaun and Ed. Ed is home all day, never cleans up, and doesn’t take phone messages for the rest of the household. Plus, no one ever locks the front door. Pete thinks Ed is holding Shaun back. Pete is portrayed by Peter Serafinowicz, an English actor, comedian, musician, writer, and voice artist. He provided the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Who says in a sing-song voice, “Bye, Bye, Bye,” before she hangs up the phone with Shaun?

Shaun's girlfriend has this affectionate ending to her phone calls. However, Liz is quite unhappy with Shaun and their social life, as they spend every date at Shaun and Ed's favorite pub. Liz is portrayed by Kate Ashfield, known for her award-winning roles as Jody in the Anglo-German film Late Night Shopping, and as Sadie MacGregor in the British film This Little Life.

What does Ed always say about dogs?

This statement is from Nick Frost the director. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright explained on their commentary track to “Spaced”, that Nick Frost claimed that the difficulty in shooting scenes with dogs was that they can’t look up. Speaking of dogs, did you know the garden scenes were originally a lot longer, featuring a hanged man zombie and a woman being eaten by her own dog?

Why does Liz bring her flatmates on dates with Shaun?

Since Shaun always brings Ed on their dates, Liz is always forced to bring her flatmates so it won’t be awkward. Liz’s flatmate and bad actress (according to Shaun) is Dianne, played by Lucy Davis. She is best known for playing Dawn Tinsley in the BBC comedy, The Office, and Hayley in The Archers.

Where do Shaun and Liz celebrate their anniversary?

They celebrated at the Winchester Tavern. Shaun promises he will book a table for a belated anniversary celebration at a different restaurant but he forgets. Shaun suggests the Shepherds, then Shaun tells Liz that he's going to take her to "the place that does all the fish." When he opens the phone book you can see that the restaurant is literally called "The Place That Does All the Fish."

Why is Shaun hearing this line all the time? “You've got red on you.”

At work, his younger colleagues don't respect him, and seeing that his red pen has leaked all over his pocket is a source of fun. Also, his stepfather comes into the store and notices it, too. Shaun has a strained relationship with his stepfather, Philip, who is portrayed by Bill Nighy. Nighy is known for his performance in Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and its sequel, Viktor in the Underworld.

What are they surprised about when they take the Winchester rifle down from over the bar?

They take down the rifle, expecting it not to work. Instead, the rifle is loaded and it works. There is even a box of shells for the rifle behind the bar. The rifle they use in the Winchester is, naturally, a Winchester model 66.

Why is there a zombie apocalypse in the first place?

Shaun of the Dead wanted its script to have some consistency with the film it was parodying, Dawn of the Dead. So in keeping with Romero’s Dead series, the reason for the zombie invasion is never revealed, despite many theories throughout the film. George A. Romero, who created Dawn of the Dead, was so pleased with Shaun of the Dead that he asked Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright to appear in Land of the Dead as zombies.

Where does Shaun find the zombified Pete?

Shaun is in the bathroom and approaches the shower, then the scary music heightens. All that is needed is stabbing in the shower scene for this to be a Hitchcock-like scene. However, it is Shaun who is frightened and runs out of the bathroom and the house, taking Pete’s car.

What video game are Shaun and Ed always playing?

The game that Ed is playing throughout the movie is Timesplitters 2. The Timesplitters themselves are dimension-hopping zombies. To help Nick Frost (Ed) stay in character, he allegedly kept his genitals shaved throughout the production to create a genuine need to scratch that the character demanded.

Who says this? “Well they were a bit... bitey.”

Shaun’s mother is describing some men who tried to get into the house. She tells Shaun that they bit his stepfather. Barbara is portrayed by Penelope Wilton, who has had an extensive career on stage, receiving six Olivier Award nominations and winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress for Taken at Midnight.

Who ends up saving Shaun and Liz?

As Liz and Shaun exit The Winchester, Yvonne, along with the British Army, arrives and guns down the remaining zombies, rescuing the two. Yvonne is portrayed by Jessica Hynes, an English actress and writer. Known professionally as Jessica Stevenson until 2007, she was one of the creators, writers, and stars of the British sitcom Spaced.

Why doesn’t Shaun realize a zombie invasion is going on, even after he goes to the store?

Even after going to the store to get Ed a Cornetto and himself a Coca-Cola, Shaun doesn’t notice the zombie invasion until hearing the news and having a zombie come through his front door. Shaun was out the night before, drinking, to forget his breakup with Liz, his girlfriend. He has a hangover and goes about his usual routine, not noticing bloody hand-prints on the beverage refrigerator door or that he is slipping on blood on the store’s floor.

Who says this? “As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no 'I' in team, but there is an 'I' in pie. And there's an 'I' in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team... I don't know what he's talking about.”

As the most senior salesman, Shaun takes over the store while Mr. Sloan is out sick. He conducts the morning talk to rally the salespeople. Shaun’s place of work is an actual electrical appliances store located at Tally Ho, North Finchley. The name of the shop is Foree Electric. Ken Foree starred in Dawn of the Dead.

How does Shaun distract the zombies so his friends can get into the Winchester without the zombies following them?

Shaun runs and waves his hands, enticing the zombies to run after him. He also taunts them with “Come and get it! It's a running buffet!” and “All you can eat!” This is where Shaun shows his courage and strength in an adverse situation. However, it probably wasn’t that hard to give the zombies the slip, as the zombies in this film walk slowly. When asked by an interviewer why they chose to have slow moving zombies instead of running zombies, Simon Pegg simply replied, "Because death is not an energy drink."

What is the name of the female zombie in Shaun’s garden?

The zombie that Shaun and Ed find in their garden is Mary, the checkout girl from the film's credit montage. She is the checkout girl seen in the opening when everyone already acts like a zombie, but they aren’t yet. Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright wrote a short story detailing her transformation into one of the undead.

Shaun is using the Winchester to shoot Zombies that are coming through the windows and doors. Who is helping him identify the targets?

The three of them, Dianne, David, and Ed, are directing Shaun where to shoot. Even using time as a direction is comical. Ed: “Three o'clock!” Dianne: “Oh! Over there again. Quarter to twelve.” Shaun: “What?” David: “Eleven forty-five!” Shaun: “Keep it simple!” There is also a very funny parallel in the script. Near the beginning of the film, when Ed is playing Timesplitters 2 on the Playstation 2, Shaun directs him. When the gang are in the Winchester pub and Shaun is firing at the zombies, Ed repeats exactly what Shaun instructed him to do during Timesplitters 2.

What does Shaun’s mum affectionately call him?

There is a recording on Shaun’s phone from Shaun’s mum, “Hello Pickle! It's me, mum. Dad said he saw you in town today and mentioned that you might be visiting tomorrow, which would be lovely.” Apparently, this pet name is not just something the filmmakers made up. Edgar Wright's own mother called him that as a boy, apparently while she taught some of his classes at school, much to his embarrassment.

What does Dianne use to try to kill the zombies in The Winchester?

This is how the conversation went in the bar. [Dianne throws a dart and misses] Shaun: “NO!” [Dianne throws another dart and hits the zombie] Shaun: “YES, yes, in the head!” [Dianne throws a third dart and hits Shaun in the head by accident] Shaun: “AHHHHHHHHH!” Did you know for the part where Shaun is hit in the head with a dart, producer Nira Park’s father, a brain surgeon, was consulted to determine in what part of the head you could get hit like that and still survive?

In the opening scene, there’s a boy with a soccer ball. Later, when Shaun walks to the store, the boy kicks the ball at Shaun. What does Shaun say to the boy?

Foreshadowing the events to come, Shaun says, “Hey! You’re dead!” Shawn is walking to a grocery store that is just across the road.

What is Philip's final gesture before he dies as a zombie?

Although Phillip in his weakened state doesn’t want anyone but himself to drive the Jaguar, his final gesture is NOT to get the car keys back. He hates the music Ed is playing, so as the group abandons the vehicle, the viewer sees Phillip clawing his way to the front of the car to turn off the music and then produces a sigh of relief when it is silent.

How does David die?

David decides he is going to leave and opens the window. Before the others can stop him, he is pulled through the window by zombies and eaten. Although the group tries to haul him back in, the tug of war ends with Dianne holding onto one of his legs and fighting the zombies to get to the rest of David. David is portrayed by Dylan Moran, an Irish comedian, writer, actor, and filmmaker. Moran was voted the 14th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

How does Ed show his true colors toward the end of the movie?

Ed volunteers to stay behind with the rifle to give Shaun and Liz a fighting chance to get out alive. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of hog lumps as a bar snack before. The packets were specially designed for the film by the director’s brother, Oscar. One can only imagine they would taste like pork rinds. Other names that are associated with pork rinds are Pork Crackles, Pork Scratchings, Pork Crunch, and Mr. Porky Crispy Strips.

What happens to Ed at the end of the movie?

Except for being chained up in the shed, Ed’s life hasn’t changed all that much. He still lives with Shaun and still plays video games all day. Liz and Shaun have reconciled and moved in together. As for all the other zombies, six months after the outbreak civilization has returned to normal, with the zombies now used as cheap labor and entertainment.

Where was Shaun of the Dead filmed?

The movie was filmed entirely in London, on location and at Ealing Studios. Many exterior shots were filmed in and around the North London areas of Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Finsbury Park, and East Finchley. Zombie extras were mainly local residents or fans of Spaced who responded to a casting call organized through a fan website. The non-featured zombie extras were paid the princely sum of £1 a day for their troubles.

What did the critics think of the film?

Shaun of the Dead received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 92%, based on 201 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Shaun of the Dead cleverly balances scares and witty satire, making for a bloody good zombie movie with loads of wit."

What did the fans think of the film?

The audience gave it a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. On a budget of $6.1 million, Shaun of the Dead earned $30 million in box office sales. For a cult film, this is a big financial success. Plus, it earned many accolades.

Which of these accolades did Shaun of the Dead receive?

Besides all the above, horror novelist Stephen King described the movie as "...a '10' on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic." Also, Quentin Tarantino dubbed the film one of his top twenty films made since 1992.

What awards did Shaun of the Dead receive?

Besides the above awards, Shaun of the Dead also won for Best Screenplay from the Bram Stoker Awards. Simon Pegg received the Peter Seller Award for Comedy from the Evening Standard British Film Awards. And lastly, it was voted by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra listeners as their second favorite film of all time. Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption came in first place.

What type of merchandising can you buy that is related to the film?

In 2006, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association announced that it would be producing action figures based on the film as part of its Cult Classics line that features fan-favorite characters from various genre films. This included the 12” and 7” Shaun (only the 12” came with sound), Zombie Ed, and the Winchester two-pack featuring Ed and Shaun.

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