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Undead (2003)

  Directed by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Written by: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Starring: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay
Links: Undead on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Undead (2003) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Shaun of the Dead (2004).

"Quite terrible" - a review by pearly

There's something about the horror genre that I don't understand. In horror films, it's perfectly acceptable for all the actors to be absolutely terrible. In fact, often, this makes a horror film more popular - in a sort of "arthouse" fashion or something. I'm pretty sure that this goes hand-in-hand with thinking that horror movies are cool not because they're scary as they are trying to be, but because they're so horribly bad that they're hilarious. And I suppose that this is the type of film that Undead is trying to be, but I remain unconvinced.

Houseboat Horror (1989) is another Australian horror that, to my mind, manages to fall into the horror-that's-actually-hilarious pile. It has the advantage over Undead of having recognisable actors in it, like Alan Dale who was Jim in Neighbours, and has somehow managed to move into serious acting roles in the USA now. Undead suffers here because the actors aren't well-known actors doing a terrible job, they're just nobodies doing terrible jobs.

The lead actress, someone by the name of Felicity Mason, is the perfect example. Casting nobodies is a fine and valiant thing to do, assuming they can actually do the job. Mason is terrible. Turn-this-movie-off-cos-she's-so-bad terrible. Her acting consists of popping her eyes as much as she finds humanly possible in an attempt to look scared, and staring off to the side of the camera slightly, and then voicing her lines in an over-the-top way, so that the other lead, Mungo McKay, can respond in his annoying half-whisper assertive style.

These two aren't nearly as bad as the guy who plays the male cop, Dirk Hunter. Arrrgh, let me get gnawed on by one of those undead please - anything to make it stop. This character's lines are woeful ("I'll fuckin' finish you off faster than a fuckin' birthday cake at a fat chick's fuckin' birthday party!") and his delivery is positively excrutiating. If you'll allow me a brief spoiler, I cheered (I believe it was actually an out-loud cheer, though I'm betting it wasn't a very enthusiastic one) when he was offed.

And this is what you're supposed to enjoy about a film like Undead. The special effects, sure, but also the joy of seeing an annoying character getting killed. To watch with a roomful of like-minded souls and to yuck it up a bit at the ridiculousness of it all. At least, I hope that's what you're meant to do, because if they really expected me to take that heap of crap seriously, then they're outta their minds.

For fans of this type of thing, Undead is sure to satisfy: the amount of attention it's received here in Australia is proof of this. I, however, could have done without it.

pearly gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 25 Mar 2004

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  1. A cracking good film - very funny

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from a on Sun 18 Jul 2004 06:48 #

  2. Pull the stick out of your arse pearly - who takes a zombie movie seriously? When you get "off your lazy bottom" and MAKE a movie rather than critque one i might take YOU seriously...but i doubt it.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from bob on Thu 29 Jun 2006 01:51 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.00 (2 ratings)

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