Undead is one of those movies that you just know should end up as a cult
classic. Filmed in Australia, it tells the tale of a small country town
called Berkeley and what happens when a shower of mysterious meteorites
decimate the town, turning the inhabitants into flesh devouring zombies!
the story progresses we find a small band of people thus far unaffected by the
rain that is pouring around the countryside, it's acidic caress searing
everything that it touches. As the people try to get out of town, they find
that the entire town has been surrounded by a huge wall as far as the eye can
see. Drawn by the smell of living flesh, the zombies make their way to where
the survivors have holed themselves up in the ramshackle house owned by the
town's fruit loop Marion. Marion has had contact with aliens or so he says and
is the source of much ridicule. As a result though, he's more than prepared
with enough firepower and weaponry to hold off an entire army of the undead
and that's almost what they've had descending on them.
party consists of the primary characters of Marion and hometown beauty queen
Rene, who has just lost the family farm to the local bank. This is one great
looking girl who plays the quintessential heroine that is a great counterpart
to the stoic demeanour of the misunderstood Marion who feels it's his duty to
get the job done. Add to that a young couple who are expecting a child, and a
pair of cops that have had one too many cups of coffee and you just know that
you are in for a good time.
Undead is fantastic, with an extremely health sense of black humour. This film
is full of the claret and zombie flesh eating and shooting fun that actually
tries to go beyond what you would expect in a normal slasher film. I'm really
loathe to go into it, however you will be really surprised if you watch this
movie all the way through to the end. There's little twists all the way
through that are pleasantly surprising and nothing really is as it seems.
Special effects are great and overdone with buckets of blood all over the
place. Makeup on our zombies looks great also with some realistic looking dead
people gracing the screen.
thoroughly recommend this film to anyone who likes a zombie film, it's an
absolute pearler of a flick and certainly one that I highly enjoyed the heck
out of. To put it simply, I loved it!
The disc has been shown here
in 16:9 and looks sensational. Scenes have been fabulously lit for maximum
effect to impact gorgeously, and the way that the zombies look is absolutely
garish. I can't fault this disc, it's just great!
Audio has been played upon
for this film and is in 5.1 Dolby. This film you'll be pleased to know gives
your surround system a good workout and the audio itself is nice and clear to
hear. There are no syncing problems here at all. Did I tell you that I really
liked this film?
There's a comprehensive swag of extras here that are all well worth the watch.
Of particular interest were some of the lighting tests that they did on actors
made up as zombies and playing with different frame rates to see what sort of
effect it would have in as far as how creepy it would be is great and neat to
watch. I hadn't taken into consideration how you could make frame rates effect
that general animation of a person, very cool stuff. There's also comparisons
made between computer animated storyboards and the finished product and a
great part about the zombies that was created for an internet featurette.
also report that the audio commentary is great with almost everyone having
something to say about the film. Informative, yet genuinely interesting to
listen to, I like the format that the commentary took. Great stuff.