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Feature 8.6
Video 8.0
Audio 8.2
Special Features 9.0
Total 8.7
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 104 Minutes
Reviewer: James Wright
Classification
: MA15+

8.7


Undead

The Sperig Brothers have truly made a name for themselves in the world of Hollywood and before Daybreakers, one of their earlier films which brought them into the limelight was this quaint zombie comedy horror called Undead. With a budget like an oily rag, the Sperig Brothers almost put some similar themed movies to shame and considering that they helped with the special effects from the comfort of their homes, the end result is a rather entertaining and impressive film with lots blood, guts and zombies!

The story of Undead is set in the small country town of Berkeley which is as far away civilization as possible and the biggest highlight for this town are the local cricket matches. As like some country towns in Australia, imports have hurt farming and Rene’s, the main character in Undead is about to have her life… literally come crashing down. Unable to pay the debts left by her parents, her only choice is to head the city but something strange happens. The town of Berkeley is bombarded by meteorites and these strange rocks have caused a zombie outage within this country town, causing some citizens to become flesh eating menaces.

As Rene attempts to flee town as opposed for fleeing for bankruptcy, she unwittingly bumps into Marion (Mungo McKay) who has the perfect solution for these godforsaken creatures… bullets, bullets and more bullets! Like all good zombie formulas, two people are not enough and Rene and Marion also meet four others who join their cause. These include  a country redneck (yea-har), a police office who unfortunately suffers from asthma (this isn’t looking good) and finally a couple... with one of them being pregnant. Fleeing to an abandoned farmhouse, they find a bomb shelter where they bunker up but as the zombies keep coming, including a newborn baby, the only way to survive is by horrific violence and if you thought zombies were enough, the twist in the movie was quite memorable and did bring a WTF smile to my face.

It’s easily the most fun I’ve had watching a movie year because it doesn’t take itself too seriously and manages some true laughs along the way as opposed to these sometimes serious horror films of today. Special features are another highlight from awesome commentary, a making of and some great deleted scenes and lots lots more. They definitely went all the way for giving the fans of this movie some well deserved and entertaining extras. The video quality is good for Undead, considering the price it cost to make it and the audio supports Dolby Digital 5.1 which really makes good use of your surround sound, especially when brains, limbs and bullets whizz by.

In conclusion, I enjoyed Undead and if you love the Sperig Brothers previous exploits, you’ll have a blast with this film. The acting is over the top, the gore is sometimes laughable but it will glue you to the screen as you barrack for the heroes to survive but cringe at the clichés. F@#king cool!

DVD Special Features

Audio Commentary with crew inc. the Spierig brothers
Audio Commentary with cast
Making of UNDEAD
The Zombies - internet featurette
Toronto Film Festival screening
Camera & Make-up tests
Homemade Dolly Construction video
Animatic to Film Comparison
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Internet teaser trailer
Original trailers
Production Notes & Stills
Artwork & Design Sketches
Cast & Crew Biographies






 
 



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