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Undead -- A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn it's residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out.

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Release Date:
4 September 2003 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Prepare Yourself See more »
Plot:
A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pleasantly surprised at "Undead" See more (205 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Felicity Mason ... René Chaplin

Mungo McKay ... Marion

Rob Jenkins ... Wayne
Lisa Cunningham ... Sallyanne

Dirk Hunter ... Harrison

Emma Randall ... Molly
Steve Greig ... Agent

Noel Sheridan ... Chip
Gaynor Wensley ... Aggie
Eleanor Stillman ... Ruth
Robyn Moore ... Officer in Locker Room

Robert Jozinovic ... Man in Office
Peter Mensforth ... Cricket Batsman
Jacob Andriolo ... Yougn Cricketer
Michele Steel ... Screamer
William John King ... Angry Fater
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
Rob 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 (as Jenni Lynch)
Kathleen McGowan ... Zombie

Chintamani Lila ... 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. De Marinis ... Zombie (as Michael J. Demarinis)
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 Pallazzo-Orr ... Zombie
Jo Wentzel ... Zombie
Tanya Batorsky ... Zombie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julie Dickson ... Zombie (uncredited)

Steven O'Donnell ... Zombie (uncredited)
Alex Revan ... Crimson Golem (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Spierig  (as The Spierig Brothers)
Peter Spierig  (as The Spierig Brothers)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Spierig  (as The Spierig Brothers)
Peter Spierig  (as The Spierig Brothers)

Produced by
Michael Spierig .... producer
Peter Spierig .... producer
 
Original Music by
Cliff Bradley 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Strahorn 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Spierig 
Peter Spierig 
 
Casting by
Lyn Kidd 
Ben Parkinson 
 
Production Design by
Matthew Putland 
 
Art Direction by
Jane Culverhouse 
 
Set Decoration by
Maxine Dennett 
 
Costume Design by
Chintamani Lila 
 
Makeup Department
Toby Barron .... special makeup effects artist
Tiffany Beckwith-Skinner .... special makeup effects artist
Steven Boyle .... special makeup effects artist
Lana Calnan .... special makeup effects artist
Chintamani Lila .... chief makeup artist
Chintamani Lila .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
John Canniffe .... unit manager
Kathryn Metcalfe .... unit manager
Ben Parkinson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Cierpicki .... second assistant director
Rob Doran .... first assistant director
Phillip Hollingdale .... second first assistant director
Kristijana Maric .... second assistant director
Suzanne Mawer .... second assistant director
Julie Trunkfield .... second assistant director
Anne Winson .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Marissa Bartolini .... set dresser
Maria-Sol Mazar .... set dresser (as Maria Sol Mazar)
 
Sound Department
Peter Spierig .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Spierig .... visual effects supervisor
Peter Spierig .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Jason King .... stunt performer
Gulliver Page .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Broadbent .... electrician
Liam Connor .... grip
Paul Seipel .... additional focus puller
Margaret Stancombe .... clapper loader
Travis Trewin .... focus puller
 
Editorial Department
Eric Whipp .... film colorist
 
Other crew
Peter Block .... acquisitions executive
Kim Cierpicki .... production coordinator
Jason King .... combat choreographer
Gulliver Page .... double: "Marion"
Justin Palazzo-Orr .... combat choreographer
Emma Reynolds .... production assistant
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence and gore, and for language
Runtime:
Australia:104 min | Canada:100 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:97 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:R (Manitoba) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Trivia:
Over 600 liters of fake blood was used for special effects during filming.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the middle of the film there is a scene where immense amount of blood squirts on the windshield of the big black car. The driver even uses the windshield wiper to get rid off it but on the next scenes one can see a totally clean windshield again.See more »
Quotes:
Alien #1:[to other Alien without suit] Put you clothes back on.
Alien #2:I'm comfortable with who I am.
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Movie Connections:
References Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
Little Green MenSee more »

FAQ

Well, why are the aliens curing everyone? Didn't they start the infection in the first place?
I didn't see Wayne or Molly get bit! How did they turn into zombies?
Where did the infection come from?
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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Pleasantly surprised at "Undead", 29 October 2005
Author: dee.reid from United States

The Spierig Brothers' (Peter and Michael) "Undead" would seem even more like a cheap '50s drive-in "B"-movie if the film just billed itself as a cheap '50s drive-in "B"-movie outright instead of masquerading as a zombie-splatter flick spoof. In "Undead," we get zombies, aliens (aliens?), laughs and gory head shots that are delivered to us in such a fashion, the film plays out like a head-on collision between each genre.

I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I've seen enough zombie flicks over the last two years to know. I've seen enough over the last two years to realize that alongside comics and video games, zombie movies represent one of the remaining avenues left for truly innovative (if not completely original) film-making. After the success of the "Dawn of the Dead" remake, "Resident Evil: Apocalypse" and "Shaun of the Dead" last year, WE should not be surprised.

"Undead," unlike these films, did not receive a major distribution in the United States (it certainly didn't come to theaters anywhere where I live here in Virginia), and it's set in the Land Down Under. It's an exotic place, Australia, with beautiful seaside communities, friendly people, and nut-job backwoodsmen. The film takes place on the continent's fishing mecca Berkeley and as it opens, ominous meteorites have been raining down on the countryside, shooting through unsuspecting townspeople (leaving holes in them so big you can New Zealand), and turning them into flesh-hungry zombies.

Meanwhile, poor Rene (the strangely attractive, doe-eyed Felicity Mason), a recent "Catch of the Day" beauty queen, is on her way out of Berkeley when the occurrences begin. The bank has just foreclosed on her family's farm because of her deceased parents' skyrocketing debt and wants to say good-bye to this place once and for all. Well, one thing leads to another and she soon finds herself locked in the farmhouse of the town nut and survivalist Marion (Mungo McKay), who manages to save the frightened young woman from the legions of living dead lurching in the countryside. Along for the ride are Wayne (Rob Jenkins), his girlfriend(?) and Rene's beauty queen rival Sallyanne (Lisa Cunningham), and constables Harrison (Dirk Hunter) and Molly (Emma Randall).

"Undead" is boldly original in its own twisted, off-beat way. Some might say it's in bad taste. The strange thing is, they're correct. It's in "bad taste" the way the early zombie flicks of Peter Jackson were, or the "Evil Dead" films of Sam Raimi. Yet, in America, we hold those movies to some pretty high standards, though I doubt the same blessing will fall upon "Undead." The movie is indeed in bad taste and deliberately so, but unfortunately it seems to forget to also be watchable in ways to elevate itself above its bad-taste rating and into "B"-movie greatness, which it wants real bad.

Though you can't really hold that against it. There are some pretty good visual-effects zombie-kills, including a scene where young Rene takes a stick, attaches a saw blade to it, and swings away at approaching undead. Now that's creative thinking in exterminating zombies. It's also pretty funny in some spots with some wicked social commentary and jabs at American zombie movies, which suffices the plentiful gore. But unfortunately, creativity seems to go out the window with the somewhat unneeded alien invaders and their purpose in bringing the dead to life to chew on the flesh of the living. It's revealed why they are here but it is neither surprising or convincing - certainly the result of lackadaisical (or brain-dead?) writing on the part of the Spierigs.

Don't go in expecting Academy Award material performances either; if you do, you're a fool - plain & simple - you'll be as dead as the zombies if you do. Many of the characters are pretty unlikeable, as the only real ones you can relate to are Rene and Marion, the latter of whom has had an apparent run-in with the invaders before (killer fish!) and is ready this time, and Rene is pretty one-dimensional - what scream queen isn't? Still, there are plenty of scenes of Marion in action, dual-wielding handguns, Woo-style, and unloading literally hundreds of rounds into approaching hordes of zombies.

As far as "Undead" goes as a zombie movie, the Southern Hemisphere may have a winner on its hands. Horror seems to be the new "it" for aspiring filmmakers. Look at all those who started out in the genre and have graduated to greener pastures in the film-making community... well, some have. This obviously isn't the last we have heard from the Spierig Brothers, since, as the film's ending would lead you to believe, an "Undead 2" could hit American theaters in two years or so.

6/10

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