We are continuing our exploration of Australian horror movies. After Rogue, a movie about a killer crocodile, next up is Undead. As the title so elegantly explained, this is a movie about zombies, but with a twist of their purpose and origins. Do not expect something original as Pontypool, but something okay. At this point I have to address movie purists who trashed the movie as unoriginal and derivative. Undead was entirely funded by the directors and their family and friends. When you consider this fact, this movie becomes something that’s to be respected. Especially in today’s movie industry where you DO NOT have the opportunity to showcase your work. A fun and entertaining homage to the old school splatter movies that involves zombies and is made on a shoestring budget has to be a great movie.
Suddenly and without a warning from the authorities, meteors start falling from the sky and people who happen to be in their vicinity are acting very strangely. In a small village, group of survivors gather with the ultimate village bad-ass to try and get out of the infested town and get to the bottom of the epidemic. This movie combines horror and comedy into a potent mixture, and Spierig brothers style of directing really brought to life (or death) gruesome and yet funny tale of zombies. Although the acting has been wobbly at times, great and very funny at times, dialogue made up for that. Their next movie is Daybreakers, be sure to check it out when it comes out. Enjoy.
Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Cast: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham, Dirk Hunter, Emma Randall
Fun Stuff: Over 600 liters of fake blood was used for special effects during filming.