Undead

Movie Review by EDF

Starring: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig

I’m not too sure what is happening here folks. Usually I don’t read reviews or comments about what other people thought about a movie but for some reason there is an intense hatred for this movie. Before I go into the plot and my thoughts about it, I just want to say one thing to those who criticise this movie; why don’t you and your brother write, direct and raise a million to shoot a funny zombie movie and see if you can come up with something better than the UNDEAD. If not, then I will suggest that you go and vent your anger instead at the dreadful Wes Craven movie CURSED, which cost forty million to make.

The sleepy fishing village Berkeley is about to be woken by a terrible event, fragments of meteorites are falling all over the town and those who are struck down and killed by it are suddenly turning into zombies. Local town beauty Rene (Felicity Mason) leaves town after the bank has finished reprocessing everything she owns. Taking a back route out of Berkeley, her way is blocked by a vehicle in the middle road. Rene just barely escapes the attacking zombies, thanks to the help from Marion (Mungo McKay), a local farmer.

A short time later at Marion’s farm, two idiot cops and a couple who are expecting a baby join them. Finding that zombies surround them, Marion leads everybody down to the cellar. Now that they are safe, the two idiot cops turn on Marion and disarm him. Eventually, they all wander back up to ground level and escape in Marion’s van. Then the story takes on some weird twist that sees hooded figures showing an interest in Marion and everybody else being burnt by acid rain and levitating up into the sky by a beam of light.

UNDEAD is no doubt a quirky small budget movie and even though there are a number of things that you can find fault with, this is actually a very enjoyable movie. Sure, the acting is not the best and the story gets a bit silly but you have to remind yourself, none of this is real anyway. With the UNDEAD, the Spierig brothers seem to be going down the same path that Peter Jackson once took when he made BAD TASTE and BRAINDEAD. They have been innovative by creating most of the special effects on their home computer and for the most part these look better then most Hollywood blockbusters. So sit back and enjoy this movie, its not going to kill you.

5 out of 6 stars

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