You've Got Red on You
How Shaun of the Dead Was Brought to Life
Published by: 1984 Publishing
Imprint: 1984 Publishing
How did a low-budget British movie about Londoners battling zombies in a pub become a beloved global pop culture phenomenon?
You've Got Red on You details the previously untold story of 2004's Shaun of the Dead, the horror-comedy whose fan base continues to grow and grow. The book reveals how a group of friends overcame repeated setbacks to make a movie which was not only a hit in the UK, but took a big bite out of the American box office before ascending to the status of a bona fide comedy classic.
Author Clark Collis interviewed over 50 people involved with the creation of this “romantic-zombie-comedy" including director Edgar Wright and cast members Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Lucy Davis, and Coldplay singer Chris Martin.
You've Got Red on You also features quotes from many of the people who played zombies in the movie as well as celebrity super-fans such as Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino, actress Gillian Anderson, and special make-up effects legend Greg Nicotero.
To quote Simon Pegg's titular, zombie-fighting hero, “How's that for a slice of fried gold?"
Chapter 1: Origins of the Dead
Chapter 2: Best Friends of the Dead
Chapter 3: Script of the Dead
Chapter 4: Money of the Dead
Chapter 5: Cast and Crew (and Zombies) of the Dead
Chapter 6: Shoot of the Dead
Chapter 7: Pub of the Dead
Chapter 8: Return of the Shoot of the Dead
Chapter 9: Release of the Dead
Chapter 10: Release of the Dead 2
Chapter 11: Cornettos of the Dead
"Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and more offer unique insights into the making of their 2004 zombie comedy classic, Shaun of the Dead. The 424-page book traces the film’s story, from late-night pub conversations about surviving the zombie apocalypse to an unexpected hit at Comic-Con 2004." — Rolling Stone
"A sharply written, thorough, and loving tribute to a modern-day cinema classic." — Kirkus, starred review
"You've Got Red on You is a must-buy." — Fangoria
"...almost 20 years later, Shaun of the Dead is a cult classic. Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost inform the bulk of the narrative with hilarious remembrances; Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth, and the late George A. Romero are quoted here too...resulting in a work [that will be] wildly entertaining to horror buffs." — Library Journal, starred review
"A really entertaining read and, if you’re a fan of the film, very illuminating on the struggles to not only get it made, but also to have the film be taken seriously. If you’ve ever wanted to make a movie, you’ll learn a lot in You’ve Got Red on You.” — director Edgar Wright
"So many relationships grow and expand over the course of Collis' book that readers will find themselves falling in love with Shaun of the Dead – to say nothing of Wright, Pegg, and Frost – all over again, twenty years on. 4/4 stars." — Starburst
"Like a slap of a cricket bat to the face, Clark Collis’s terrific new book, You’ve Got Red on You, takes us on a deep dive into the making of Edgar Wright’s classic horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead. It’s a fantastic view into the effort, heartache and exultation of the filmmaker’s struggle to create a groundbreaking and gore-drenched film. Three thumbs up!" — director/writer/producer Don Coscarelli (Phantasm)
"The intricately rendered and definitive story behind the creation of Edgar Wright’s cinematic rom-zom-com tour-de-gore’s that is Shaun of the Dead, recounted with affection by the one and only Clark Collis." — director Corin Hardy (The Nun)
"If you are an Edgar Wright fan, especially if you are a Shaun of the Dead fan, check out Entertainment Weekly scribe Clark Collis' exhaustive (but not exhausting) new book, which takes you deep to the heart of everything Shaun! A fascinating deep dive into one of the best horror comedies of all time.” — director Mick Garris (Stephen King's The Stand / Tales from the Crypt)
"Exhaustively researched and brimming with funny, fascinating stories I didn't know, this book is must read, not just for hardcore fans, but for anyone who's interested in the creative process." — author Melissa Maerz (Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused)
"Rejoice Shaun of the Dead and film fans! You've Got Red on You is an in-depth, thoroughly enjoyable, and inspiring story of the making of the classic film. Collis expertly weaves interviews from cast and crew with other first hand accounts, starting before line one of the screenplay was written. I inhaled this book with a smile on my face. Now let's head down to the Winchester for a pint." — author Paul Tremblay (A Head Full of Ghosts / The Cabin at the End of the World)
“I was a huge fan of Shaun of the Dead. It was my favourite movie of that year. Their jokes were like perfectly placed time bombs.” — Quentin Tarantino
“We didn’t ever really want to parody zombie movies. We wanted to make a zombie movie.” — actor Simon Pegg
"There were zombies getting off with each other. There were loads of zombie relationships. Two zombies got together on the pool table." — producer Nira Park
“I heard it was a romantic-comedy with zombies, and I was like, well, that sounds sh*t.” — actor Rafe Spall