Undead

"Good"

Undead Review


How can you not love a zombie movie with a bad-ass ruralbeauty queen heroine, a plot twist involving aliens, and an armed-to-the-teethmilitant hillbilly wearing baggy overalls and spurs on his work boots?

Welcome to "Undead," a tongue-in-cheek Romerohomage from Down Under.

A huge cult hit in its homeland, this low-budget wonderby brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, begins with radioactive meteoritesturning most denizens of dot-on-the-map Berkeley, Australia, into lumbering,flesh-munching ghouls. Its handful of survivors hole up in a ramshacklefarmhouse, where the scruffy gun-nut redneck has been preparing for theworst (homemade bomb shelter, homemade triple-barrel shotgun) since hewas simultaneously attacked by a zombie trout (!) and abducted by a flyingsaucer while fishing some months before.

But soon they're on the run again, dodging downpours ofinexplicable acid rain, and wondering just what the hell is really goingon when they discover the town isn't just under siege by the walking dead,but has also been walled in by extra-terrestrials (the spiked black barriersclimb into the clouds), who seem to be pulling survivors into the theirships through beams of light.

How these elements all fit together is a little confusing(a hint that will help: the aliens aren't causing the zombie outbreak),but what the movie lacks in clarity it makes up for in gallons of campygore (shake soda-pop, shove in zombie's mouth, fire gun -- kaplewy!), shoestring-budgetmoxie (the entire film is shot in moody moonlight-blue lighting) and amusinglywell-developed characters.

Beefy-curvy Felicity Mason is caustically credible as abackwater pageant winner with her over-plucked eyebrows, excessive lip-linerand bitter outlook on life. Burly, bearded Mungo McKay (love that name!)is a deadpan delight as the reticent bucolic brute who can pop pairs ofsemi-automatic handguns out of his overalls in slow-mo like some John Woohero. And Dirk Hunter (OK, seriously, what's with these names?) is a hootas a cowardly constable who pretends to take charge and makes a fool ofhimself.

In addition to knowing their zombie lore well enough totweak it with glee, the Spierigs take many dark-comedy action cues fromearly Sam Raimi flicks ("Evil Dead," etc.), turning their meagercinematic resources into ironic assets and embracing the cheese factor(as evidenced by the 1950s-style opening credits).

"Undead" sure ain't art, but it sure is fun.



Undead

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 4th September 2003

Distributed by: Lions Gate Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%
Fresh: 24 Rotten: 52

IMDB: 5.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Written & directed by Michael Spierig,

Starring: as Rene, as Marion, as Wayne, as Sallyanne, as Harrison, as Molly

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Life Movie Review

Life Movie Review

Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective...

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

Based on a true story, it's the historical aspect of these events that holds the...

Chips Movie Review

Chips Movie Review

It's clear from the very start that this movie has little to do with the...

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

Beauty And The Beast Movie Review

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to...

The Salesman Movie Review

The Salesman Movie Review

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won his second Oscar with this astute drama which, like 2011's...

Get Out Movie Review

Get Out Movie Review

Leave it to a comedian to make one of the scariest movies in recent memory....

Personal Shopper Movie Review

Personal Shopper Movie Review

After winning a series of major awards for her role in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of...

Advertisement
Certain Women Movie Review

Certain Women Movie Review

In films like Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, writer-director Kelly Reichardt has told sharply...

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

After the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, the Warner Bros monsters get their own franchise,...

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Viceroy's House Movie Review

Filmmaker Gurinder Chada (Bend It Like Beckham) draws on her own family history to explore...

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

Trespass Against Us Movie Review

With an extra dose of attitude and energy, this Irish comedy-drama hits us like a...

Logan Movie Review

Logan Movie Review

Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role one last time (so he says), reuniting with...

Patriots Day Movie Review

Patriots Day Movie Review

The third time's a charm for Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg, who previously teamed...

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

A Cure for Wellness Movie Review

It's no surprise that this creep-out horror thriller is packed with whizzy visual invention, since...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.