Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, who co-wrote it with Simon Pegg. The film stars Pegg and Nick Frost as friends Shaun and Ed, Londoners who are caught in an apocalyptic zombie uprising and attempt to take refuge in a local pub with their loved ones. The film co-stars Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, and Penelope Wilton. It is the first installment in Wright and Pegg's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, followed by Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World's End (2013).
The film drew inspiration from the television series Spaced created by Pegg and directed by Wright. The title and plot also refer to the Dead films directed by George A. Romero. Principal photography took place across London and at Ealing Studios, and was shot over nine weeks between May and June 2003.
Shaun of the Dead premiered in London on 29 March 2004 and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on 9 April 2004 and in the United States on 24 September of that same year. It was met with universal critical and commercial acclaim, grossing $30 million worldwide against a budget of $6.1 million, and received two nominations at the BAFTA Film Awards. In a 2006 Channel 4 poll, it was ranked third on their list of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films. Upon its release the film has acquired a cult following, particularly among "millennial comedy and horror lovers alike"; horror novelist Stephen King described it as "a '10' on the fun meter and destined to be a cult classic".