Today, you should… check out ‘Shaun of the Dead’ at the Art Theatre

MONDAY, OCT. 21

As we head into this year’s Halloween weekend, the Art Theatre gets things started with tonight’s one-night, 9 p.m. screening of a film in the discussion of best horror-comedy of all time. It’s a crowded field, actually, going back to the likes of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” to “Young Frankenstein” to “An American Werewolf in London” to lots of stuff this century ranging from “Shaun” to “Zombieland” to “What We Do In The Shadows.”

The best horror-comedies always contain an element of societal commentary, as is the case with “Shaun” a zombie movie that may peak in its opening sequence as it shows people going about their mundane jobs/activities/lives, making a strong case that they, we, are the undead. Then, ever so slowly, actual zombies are introduced to the screen going completely undetected because, again, their repetitive, seemingly pointless, clearly destructive daily activities fit quite comfortably into modern life.

This isn’t to suggest that there is a significant drop-off with the rest of the movie, written by Edgar Wright, who directs, and Simon Pegg, who stars, it’s expertly paced and very funny, in large part because the zombies tend to simply provide a new element of irritation to the ongoing ridiculous, all-too-familiar, comic little concerns of the main characters’ lives.

Another great thing: It all sounds very depressing, but it’s actually very funny. Oh, don’t get us wrong, it is depressing, we figure you’re reading this as some sort of temporary diversion from whatever daily awfulness you have to tend to, but still, you know, funny.

Giving us a moment’s pause: Yes, yes, we know that many people would consider “Get Out” a horror-comedy, but we also know a lot of people are so freaked out by Jordan Peele’s masterpiece that they’d have a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that something can be funny that is not Ha Ha funny but, as in the case of “Get Out” more Hmmmm Hmmmm funny. And we just didn’t want to get into all of that. Frankly, we’re tired.

The Art Theatre is located at 2025 E 4th St. For more information or tickets, click here.

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Steve Lowery began his journalism career at the Los Angeles Times, where he planned to spend his entire career. God, as usual, laughed at his plans and he has since written for the short-lived sports publication The National, the L.A. Daily News, the Press-Telegram, New Times LA, the District and the OC Weekly. He is the Arts & Culture Editor for the Post, overseeing the Hi-lo.
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