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Simon Pegg (who also co-wrote the script with director Edgar Wright) plays an over-zealous London cop, who’s demoted and dumped in a quiet rural village.

But he soon needs all his big-city wits about him when he’s up to his neck in corpses, while Nick Frost is his new colleague and shifty locals Timothy Dalton, Jim Broadbent and Edward Woodward arise his suspicions.

This hilarious spoof thriller – the second collaboration between Pegg and Wright following 2004¿s Shaun of the Dead – delivers its gags at machine-gun rate and also hits the bull’s-eye with its exciting and violent action set pieces that have the impact of a real thriller.