Saturday, August 25, 2007

"Undead" review

Undead (2003)

Directors: Michael Spierig Peter Spierig
Writers: Michael Spierig Peter Spierig

Felicity Mason ... Rene
Mungo McKay ... Marion
Rob Jenkins ... Wayne
Lisa Cunningham ... Sallyanne

A bunch of meteorites rain down on Australia. They have the unfortunate side effect of turning people into the living dead. As most of the town turns into blood thirsty ghouls, a few lucky ones manage to survive and band together in a house. The owner just happens to have a bomb shelter and a triple barrel shotgun handy for just such an emergency. Good thing they ran into him. Soon the zombies will converge on the house which gives everyone a chance to make some serious zombie splatter. Undead heads, arms and legs start flying off after being shot a few hundred times. The truth behind the undead plague slowly comes out and makes the movie more complicated than it needed to be.

“Undead” is a show-off movie. It takes the standard comedic zombie movie formula and blasts its way through with all three barrels. “Undead” is designed to highlight the horror movie making skills of its directors and serve as their blood-soaked calling card. There is nothing terribly innovative in “Undead” but it manages to serve up plenty of gore and guts to please the undiscerning horror fan. The sci-fi twist to the story felt like it was tacked on to show that the filmmakers love all of the B-movie genres and can excel at any of them.

That said, I still enjoyed “Undead”. I would certainly classify myself as an undiscerning horror fan. I keep watching these movies in the vague hope that someone out there just wants to entertain me with some visceral thrills. “Undead” keeps the zombie blood flying and the triple barreled shotguns blasting. It didn’t need to come up with some convoluted reason for the zombie outbreak but I can overlook it’s over ambition when the blood is spraying as much as it is. “Undead” is worth a look.

SCORE: 3 out of 4 triple barreled undead killers

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