Shaun of the Dead Beat’em Up Portrait By Aled Lewis

Don’t miss out on seeing this dead on Streets of Rage-esque rendition of Shaun of the Dead.

Aled Lewis Player Two Has Entered The Game Image

Some people – not naming names, but you know which high-profile film critic you are – might call the picture above of what appears to be a side-scrolling beat’em-up adaptation of the 2004 cult Zombie flick, Shaun of the Dead, a simple videogame screenshot. To my glasses-wearing eyes though, it’s art. Magnificent art.

Designed by London-based designer and illustrator, Aled Lewis, who’s splendid artistic work tends to borrow iconic bits and pieces from the medium of videogames, this portrait (“Player 2 Has Entered The Game”) was created for the upcoming Crazy 4 Cult show hosted at Gallery1988 in New York City, combines two of my favorite things, an homage to the classic Sega brawler, Streets of Rage, and of course as I mentioned, Shaun of the Dead.

Just look at its sheer awesomeness; there’s Ed, who’s played by Nick Frost in the film, bulldozing his way into a zombie-smacking combo, and exploding out of the one of the movie’s focal backdrops, the Winchester Tavern, is Shaun, played by Simon Pegg, about to join his mate with his trusty cricket bat.

If you haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead… Well, first, where the heck have you been rock-dweller (under a rock, I suppose), and second, sounds like someone is about to have a sleepover at their house! (I’ll bring the popcorn.) Joshing over though, the movie is fantastic; a top choice in its respective zombie genre and hilarious to boot.

You really do owe it to yourself to check it out, and if you happen to be in the Big Apple this Thursday, August 9th until September 1st, why not make plans to see the full Crazy 4 Cult exhibit, which will feature over 200 artists and a show centered on great cult movies. Who knows, you might be able to snag one of Aled’s signed prints of his Shaun of the Dead/Streets of Rage mash-up while you’re there.

While on the net, please go visit Aled’s website and tumblr for more of his super cool artwork. Then circle back and visit what else we’ve got here on Walyou, say this adorable real-life WALL-E robot or this Star Trek’ Borg wedding cake that your tummy wouldn’t mind assimilating with at all.