DVD Review: Undead
Studio: Lions Gate
DVD Release Date: October 11, 2005
Directed By: Michael & Peter Spierig
Cast: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham & Dirk Hunter
Review By: Annie Riordan
Beauty Queen René has just nabbed the Miss Catch Of The Day crown and, having lost the family farm to the bank, is ready to blow town with the winnings and start life anew in the city. But as she makes her way out of the small Australian fishing village of Berkeley, meteors streak across the sky and rain down upon the population, turning anyone who comes into contact with them into a flesh eating zombie! Now René is trapped in town, namely in the isolated homestead of Marion, local looney and gun buff extraordinnaire. As she, Marion and a gaggle of mismatched survivors battle the undead hordes, they discover an alien conspiracy is a foot, and that not all is what it seems!
If you were to throw Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive in a blender with Leon: The Professional and an episode of The Three Stooges, it might come out looking a lot like this weirdass splatter film from Down Under. Spectacularly goofy gun battles combined with a literal explosion of bloody, gooey guts will have you laughing out loud and trying not to puke while you do so. The alien subplot is a little incoherent, but then I WAS kinda drunk when I watched this the first time around. By the point in the film when Marion (who IS a guy, by the way, despite the feminine moniker) started karate chopping a school of zombie fish, I gave up trying to figure out what the hell was happening and just enjoyed the carnage. Undead grows on you with repeated viewings, and I often pop it in for friendly company.
If you like zombies, blood, guts, guns and every form of the F word known to man, and you STILL haven’t seen this low budget import, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Run out right now and get your filthy little hands on this most excellent zomedy!
Brutal As Hell Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5