Kyle: The obvious argument against Shaun of the Dead is that it's a romantic comedy that just happens to have zombies in it. I think that's a bit of a cop-out. After all, most of the Romero zombie flicks are your basic survival-horror affairs, and the monster happens to be zombies.
Besides, Zombieland is a bro-mantic comedy that just happens to have zombies, so it's a moot point.
Honestly, I love both movies. But every time I watch Shaun I see something new and geeky and awesome that I've never seen before. There are references to classic zombie flicks like I mentioned, there's the really unnoticeable allusions to Shaun's former career as a DJ, and there's the subtle phone conversations that Nick Frost is having with Noel, Shaun's coworker. Zombieland is tons of fun, but I got every joke and visual the first time around. And even really funny movies are never the same as the first viewing.
Oh, and one thing that I forgot to mention during the debate is that Zombieland was originally written as a television show. This, in my opinion, is very apparent in the pacing of the movie. It is clear that the grocery store was supposed to be the final act of the pilot. I'd say Shaun has the pacing of a real, honest-to-god horror movie, but the jokes of ... well, an Edgar Wright movie. Best of both worlds.
And if there's one thing that a zombie movie needs, it is a memorable arsenal. Sure, Woody had a serious collection of weapons at his disposal, but Shaun's cricket bat has entered the hall of fame of horror weapons, right next to Bruce Campbell's chainsaw and Jason's machete. It just has more personality and more comedic overtones. I know that guns are kewl, but as Shaun of the Dead pointed out when the boys started firing the Winchester rifle, it is not the most practical weapon ... unless you are going to hit moving targets right in the head one hundred percent of the time.
Really, blunt instruments that put a lot of power into a small contact area (like a golf club) would be ideal. And easier to maintain. You never really see the hours upon hours that Woody has to spend to keep that one sawed-off rifle clean. And while the banjo was funny, it was a throwaway joke. Maybe Zombie Kill of the Week, but not exactly hall of fame material.
Can I just sign off by suggesting that everyone cool out and get a grip about our choices, by the way? These are two movies that are highly comparable. These two ... that's a debate. What are we gonna do? Compare Romero's Dawn of the Dead with Snyder's? Nope. This was more fun. End of story.