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UNDEAD (2005)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 52

This low-budget homage to the zombie genre borrows heavily from superior predecessors and revels in a pile of its own campiness -- neither original nor watchable enough to entertain.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 21

This low-budget homage to the zombie genre borrows heavily from superior predecessors and revels in a pile of its own campiness -- neither original nor watchable enough to entertain.



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When deadly meteorites start striking the calm, peaceful community of Berkeley, Australia, a ragtag group of strangers fight for their lives against a hoard of red-blooded zombies that have mysteriously infected the residents. Headed by the town's ex-beauty queen Rene (Felicity Mason) and the village kook, Marion (Mungo McKay), the clan of survivors battle their way through farmhouses, bomb shelters, and back roads until they are faced with a much bigger problem than just the gut-munchers on

Oct 11, 2005

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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (52) | DVD (16)

No amount of Zombie Rules can explain a movie like this, or the recent filmmaker fascination with a creaky old genre.

July 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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I'm definitely zombied out.

July 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comment (1)
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A low-budget, mildly enjoyable oddity.

July 8, 2005
Detroit News
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Rigor mortis has set in.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The film's genre-merging cleverness works against it, and releasing it in the wake of George Romero's zombie knockout Land of the Dead invites comparisons that may be unfair but inevitable.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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There are about 2,000 hard-core Fangoria readers in the Bay Area who are going to absolutely love this film. But the 6,698,000 other residents will find it at best a little boring and at worst stomach-churningly offensive.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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In fits and starts it's faintly cool, though the tone is all over the place.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

A fun and often creepy little zombie entry into the genre...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

An amusingly outrageous Australian variation on the familiar zombie theme, played mostly for laughs.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

Undead isn't a joke - it's a punchline. Where's the setup?

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Zombies galore, buckets of blood, and a non-stop action flick with quirky characters.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Unlikely to satisfy horror fans...but the Spierigs might have a future in this genre if they put more effort and imagination into their scripts.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...we need more quality zombie films like this to show Hollywood how it should be done.

January 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

If the undead in this movie weren't so physically hideous, they'd be perfect for next year's season of "The Apprentice."

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Une comédie d'horreur faite de peu de moyens et sans prétention, mais de manière un peu fade vu le scénario grandiloquent que le duo tente de nous faire gober.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Panorama seems obvious that the Spierigs are destined to go on to bigger and better things.

October 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A comedic horror sci-fi mixture that manages to be sly, stupid, obvious, and creative -- often all at the same time.

October 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

There's barely a brainwave in Undead.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Aliens, zombies, meteors, viruses, flying saucers -- you truly have to appreciate how these guys mixed genres and kept up a level of humor and action ...

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

If only the Spierigs had put as much effort into their writing as they did into the special effects, Undead"might not be such a recycled, redundant bore.

August 25, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Undead is the sort of movie that people in other horror movies are watching.

August 19, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Undead is sort of imaginative and considerably scattershot....succeeded only in making me groggy.

August 5, 2005
Groucho Reviews

This Australian zombie import is ... a thoroughly bad movie -- written, acted and shot at the very lowest levels of know-how.

August 2, 2005 Full Review Source: MTV

Undead is struggling to exist in a world that doesn't need it.

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source:

Doesn't even have the idiotic charm one might expect of a 'Plan 10 from Outer Space'...a home movie that ought to have stayed there.

July 24, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

some sort of retarded uncle to Peter Jackson's early features

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for UNDEAD

Probably the most bizarre and unpredictable Zombie movie ever! This low-budget Aussie effort starts off as an extremely gory and darkly comic "Shaun of the the Dead" type flick, then things get a little... weird! Too weird for me. But I enjoyed the first half of the film delivering some very good bloody action despite the low-budget.
January 30, 2011
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Horror Not to Miss List Commentary:This is one of my top indie zombie flix, and I prefer it better to its other Australian peer Braindead by Peter Jackson. Though some audience members are frustrated with the genre-blurring that occurs because the film-makers are looking to up the visual ante of their movie, and they are thusly accused of being Spielbergian because of some of their additional creatures design and action-based horror scenes. I think it's all done just right, including the occasionally stiff acting. There are so many innovative zombie scenes, my favorite being a pair of walking legs with accompanying spinal cord, sans a torso. The protagonists are given action-style cinematic hyping, but it's justified and cool, not unnecessary and forced. Here's a zombie movie that not only bothers with continuity and structure, but the independent film-makers, two brothers, behind it further proved their dedication to this project by doing all of the CGI themselves on a 700mhz processor computer, for three years after shooting concluded. These effects are on par, and in some cases better, to what big Hollywood bucks is turning out even years later. This is truly proof that auteurs are still alive and, beyond that, still bothering to work with a concept/genre considered exhausted like zombies. Overlooked by zombie fans and totally misunderstood by mainstream viewers.
September 7, 2008

Super Reviewer

I think the goal of this movie is to make a campy throwback movie that evokes the movies that the Sperig brothers loved growing up. It's like an Australian equivalent of Slither. But with much less finesse. But what it lacks in elegance is makes up for in sheer exhuberance, gore and giddiness. The comparison to Brain Dead is apt: it makes as much sense and is as much fun to watch. Aliens, and zombies, and killer acid rain, and hicks who know some sort of upside-down shotgun karate. I enjoyed this movie, but it lacked the freshness and novelty that was so delightful about Jackson's film.
July 19, 2008

Super Reviewer

    1. Marion: One day you're out on your boat and you get attacked by zombie fish, they munch at your face, like you're the main course at an all you can eat crazy country boy buffet. You walk away, tell the town your story; they think you're mad. Everyone thinks you're mad, you think I'm mad. It happens again, this time it's not zombie fish it's zombie Berkeley. But this time I'm prepared, I'm ready to fight whatever they can throw at me. Still I wasn't strong enough, the strongest ones are always the last ones left; if that's not me, it must be you. If that was the case you wouldn't have battled the undead and lived. You'd be the entree at a smorgasboard of brainfood.
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Marion: Time is short. So you gotta ask yourself: Are you a fighter, Fish Queen, or are you zombie food?
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Harrison: I'll fuckin' finish you off faster than a fuckin' birthday cake at a fat chick's fuckin' birthday party!
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
    1. Harrison: When I was a kid, we fuckin' respected our parents, we didn't fuckin' eat 'em!
    – Submitted by Dov D (23 months ago)
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