Simon Pegg says Michael Jackson ruined zombie films

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29 Mar 2023, 11:45

Simon Pegg has starred in some of the most famous zombie movies and says Michael Jackson ruined the genre.

The actor joked saying that the popular film theme went out of fashion in the 1980s because of the popstar.

Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead all became a roaring success far longer after that.

Shaun Of The Dead was made on a budget of $6.1 million (£4.9m), and it's a horror film with a difference.

It sees Simon Pegg and Nick Frost trying to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Despite the success of the film, Pegg says the genre was impacted by Michael Jackson.

He says it's due to MJ's famous 'Thriller' music video.

Released in 1983 it featured Michael Jackson starring as an undead version of himself.

The bright yellow eyes and prosthetics transformed the star into a ghoulish zombie version of himself.

In a new book about Shaun Of The Dead called You've Got Red On You, Simon writes: “They went quiet after Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'. Everyone had seen zombies body-popping, and it took the wind out of their scary sails.”

He wrote: “They became something of a joke, and the zombie genre went a bit dormant.

"It came back to life, if you’ll pardon the pun, with the Resident Evil games. And that’s what inspired us.”

As well as Shaun Of The Dead, 28 Days Later was released in 2002, and then there was the much loved The Last Of Us series.