The 20 Funniest Lines From ‘Shaun of the Dead’ on Its 20th Anniversary

The greatest zombie comedy movie ever made turns 20 years old today
The 20 Funniest Lines From ‘Shaun of the Dead’ on Its 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago today, zombie comedy fans got the first look at the defining film of the genre with the release of Shaun of the Dead. Two decades later, we’re still laughing — how’s that for a slice of fried gold?

Shaun of the Dead was the first installment of the legendary Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy from director/writer Edgar Wright and star/writer Simon Pegg, followed by the equally beloved 2007 cop comedy Hot Fuzz and the slightly anticlimactic sci-fi dramedy The World’s End in 2013. Shaun of the Dead established both Wright and Pegg as serious forces in the film industry after years of TV work, and it helped to launch the mid-to-late-aughts zombie movie movement that arguably failed to produce a finer work than the one Wright, Pegg and co-star Nick Frost premiered on April 9, 2004 in the U.K.

Wright celebrated this momentous anniversary with the announcement that Shaun of the Dead will return to U.K. cinemas for limited screenings in the near future. Since no such special events have been announced for us American Shaun of the Dead fans, we’re forced to commemorate this historic date by doing what we’ve been doing for the last 20 years – repeating our favorite lines back and forth while waiting for all of this to blow over. Here are the funniest quotes from the funniest zombie movie ever made, starting with…

“I’m not a chartered accountant!” “Well, you look like one!”

“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. Meat is the anagram of team... I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

“If you get cornered…“ (hits himself in the head) “Bash ‘em in the head. That seems to work out. Ow.”

“Who the hell put this on?” “It’s on random!”

“Actually, I would like to be shot.”

“We’re coming to get you, Barbara!”

“The Batman soundtrack!” “Throw it!”

“We’ll have a Bloody Mary first thing.”

“What’s the matter, David? Never taken a shortcut before?”

“We have to get out of here. If we don’t, they’ll tear us to pieces, and that is really going to exacerbate things for all of us.”

“Big Al was right!” “Okay… but dogs can look up?”

“Would anyone like a peanut?”

“That’s the second album I ever bought!”

“Philip, have you still got the child-locks on?” “Safety first, Shaun.”

“Take car. Go to mum’s. Kill Phil. Grab Liz. Go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over. How’s that for a slice of fried gold?”

“We are in a pub! What are we going to do now?” “We could get a round in.”

Oh, for Gods sake! Hes got an arm off!

“David, kill the Queen!” “What?” “The Jukebox!”

“We may have to kill my stepdad.”

“You’ve got red on you.”


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