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UNDEAD (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 their trail. The debut feature of writer/directors Michael and Peter Spierig, the film was two and a half years in the making, echoing other no-budget splatter epics like Peter Jackson's Bad Taste and other similarly themed sci-fi horror romps. It went on to garner accolades from the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Catalonian International Film Festival, Sitges, Spain, among others. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violence and gore, and for language)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 11, 2005
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


Lisa Cunningham
as Sallyanne
Dirk Hunter
as Harrison
Robyn Moore
as Officer in Locker Ro...
Robert Jozinovic
as Man in Office
Peter Mensforth
as Cricket Batsman
Jacob Andriolo
as Young Cricketer
Michele Steel
as Screamer
William John King
as Angry Father
Tim Dickenson
as Fisherman #1
Brad Sheriff
as Fisherman #2
Georgia Potter-Cowie
as Young Zombie Girl
Francesca Arakelian
as General Store Owner
Kyan Marie Salter
as Baby in Crib
David Whitcomb
as Newsreader
Robert Doran
as Bullet Wound Victim
Kristijana Maric
as Marion's Ex-Wife
Paul Nash
as Zombie
Troy Perry
as Zombie
Jason King
as Zombie
Jason King
as Zombie
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Critic Reviews for UNDEAD

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (24)

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

Full Review… | July 15, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

I'm definitely zombied out.

Full Review… | July 11, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

In fits and starts it's faintly cool, though the tone is all over the place.

Full Review… | January 21, 2010

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | July 16, 2008

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

Full Review… | October 3, 2007
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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.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer


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.

_kelly .King

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.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer


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 (3 years ago)
Marion: Time is short. So you gotta ask yourself: Are you a fighter, Fish Queen, or are you zombie food?
– Submitted by Dov D (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)
Harrison: When I was a kid, we fuckin' respected our parents, we didn't fuckin' eat 'em!
– Submitted by Dov D (3 years ago)

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