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Undead
     

Undead

4.3 3
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay

Cast: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay

 
When deadly meteorites start striking the calm, peaceful community of Berkeley, Australia, a ragtag group of strangers fight for their lives against a hoard of red-blooded zombies that have mysteriously infected the residents. Headed by the town's ex-beauty queen Rene (Felicity Mason) and the village kook, Marion (Mungo McKay), the clan of survivors battle their way

Overview

When deadly meteorites start striking the calm, peaceful community of Berkeley, Australia, a ragtag group of strangers fight for their lives against a hoard of red-blooded zombies that have mysteriously infected the residents. Headed by the town's ex-beauty queen Rene (Felicity Mason) and the village kook, Marion (Mungo McKay), the clan of survivors battle their way through farmhouses, bomb shelters, and back roads until they are faced with a much bigger problem than just the gut-munchers on their trail. The debut feature of writer/directors Michael and Peter Spierig, the film was two and a half years in the making, echoing other no-budget splatter epics like Peter Jackson's Bad Taste and other similarly themed sci-fi horror romps. It went on to garner accolades from the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain, among others.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Wacky, inventive, and outrageously gory, Undead is a reason to believe that low-budget horror can still knock it out of the ballpark every once in a while. More than just echoing the visual style and humor of Sam Raimi and early Peter Jackson, the Spierig brothers have crafted a film that will undoubtedly deliver to midnight movie lovers around the globe who are looking for a laugh-out-loud, bloody time every now and then. Exceptional low-level effects are handled far better than you'd think, while the performances by a mostly unknown cast never come off stilted, but at points, downright inspired. There's a manic energy to the movie that only tends to come out of gifted filmmakers at the beginning of their game -- sure, you've seen some of the same stuff here and there, but it's the gonzo attitude that makes the whole thing so much fun. The action is tight, even if the gunplay could have used a little more flair, as the now overused double gun scenes come off fairly dull for the most part (with the immediate exception being the upside-down scene, which is ingenious). Some have scoffed at the last third of the film, but as fans of classics like Night of the Creeps should know, a little sci-fi goes a long way in a horror comedy. Plus, the finale is incredibly creative and pulled off in such a mind-boggling way that you can't help but respect this small, little Australian romp. An instant classic for most zombie lovers, Undead is one hell of a great time at the movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2005
UPC:
0031398170051
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
71,499

Special Features

Crew commentary; Cast commentary; "Making Of" featurette; Zombies internet featurette; Toronto Film Festival screening; Camera and make-up tests; Homemade dolly construction video; Animatic to film comparison; Deleted and extended scenes; Artwork and design sketches; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital; English and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Felicity Mason Rene
Mungo McKay Marion
Rob Jenkins Wayne
Lisa Cunningham Sallyanne
Emma Randall Molly
Steve Greig Agent
Noel Sheridan Chip
Gaynor Wensley Aggie
Eleanor Stillman Ruth
Dirk Hunter Harrison
Robyn Moore Officer in Locker Room
Robert Jozinovic Man in Office
Peter Mensforth Cricket Batsman
Jacob Andriolo Young Cricketer
Michele Steel Screamer
William John King Angry Father
Tim Dickenson Fisherman #1
Brad Sheriff Fisherman #2
Georgia Potter-Cowie Young Zombie Girl
Francesca Arakelian General Store Owner
Kyan Marie Salter Baby in Crib
David Whitcomb Newsreader
Paul Guthrie Disco Zombie
Robert Doran Bullet Wound Victim
Kristijana Maric Marion's Ex-Wife
Ann Ricketts Zombie
Salve Norris Zombie
Lehel Ungvari Zombie
Matthew Boyle Zombie
Leilani Buchanan Zombie
Stephen Woodward Zombie
Lisa Puddicombe Zombie
Troy Leinster Zombie
Anne Taylor Zombie
Scott Hamilton Zombie
Paul Nash Zombie
Peter Norton Zombie
Jennifer Lynch Zombie
Kathleen Mcgowan Zombie
Chintamani Aked Zombie
Marc T. Brailak Zombie
Craig Woodward Zombie
Sharon Reeves Zombie
Denez Nassif Zombie
Adam Keenan Zombie
Nadia Iseppi Zombie
Claire Hallam Zombie
Alan Gibbs Zombie
Lotus Fixter Zombie
Renee Dignan Zombie
Michael J. Demarinis Zombie
James Brough Zombie
Megan Bennetts Zombie
Christopher Armstrong Zombie
Troy Perry Zombie
Romina Castano Zombie
Brendan Rook Zombie
Julie Lee Rae Zombie
Osman Aslan Zombie
Jason King Zombie
Justin Palazzo-Orr Zombie
Tanya Batorsky Zombie
Rosemary Oxenford Conductor

Technical Credits
Michael Spierig Director,Camera Operator,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Spierig Director,Camera Operator,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter,Sound/Sound Designer
Chintamani Aked Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Boyle Makeup Special Effects
Jane Culverhouse Art Director
Robert Doran Asst. Director
Robert Doran Asst. Director
Lyn Kidd Casting
Stewart Klein Editor
Gulliver Page Stunts
Ben Parkinson Casting,Production Manager
Matthew Putland Production Designer
Andrew Strahorn Camera Operator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Undead
1. Inherited Debts [7:54]
2. Main Titles [:25]
3. The Short Cut [6:23]
4. World of Weapons [4:37]
5. In the Dark [6:27]
6. The Only Safe Place [4:49]
7. Good Luck Charm [4:44]
8. A Helping Hand [5:35]
9. Head Shots [3:47]
10. Out of the Garage [3:29]
11. Fenced In [7:14]
12. Acid Rain [4:25]
13. Abduction Story [5:53]
14. Save Your Bullets [4:22]
15. Up and Away [5:37]
16. Eye of the Storm [5:28]
17. Down to Earth [4:22]
18. Quarantined [2:04]
19. The Strongest are Last [1:24]
20. End Credits [5:05]

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Undead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Undead is a zombie movie from down under that puts a nice twist on the genre. The spierig brothers wrote, produced, edited, and directed it, and I would say they did a great job for their first film. It starts with a series of meteors striking a small australian town and turning the residents into zombies. Events proceed as usual in these types of films, arms are munched, heads are removed, and people flee in terror. What makes this different from most other zombie flicks is the addition of some mysterious aliens trying to take over the town as well. The Speirig brothers draw heavily from 50s B movies to give this film a nice appeal to horror and sci-fi fans alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago