Time Out says
When a massive meteorite storm hits the small fishing community of Berkeley, the dead are resurrected as flesh-eating, brain-gobbling zombies. Five local residents take refuge in the remote farmhouse of tight-lipped survivalist nutter Marion (Mungo McKay). But not even his well-stocked armoury and triple-barrelled shotgun can save fascist cop Harrison, his asthmatic rookie partner Molly, the pregnant Sallyanne, her hapless boyfriend Wayne and gutsy local beauty queen Rene (Felicity Mason). Indeed, Rene’s tasty ‘Miss Catch of the Day’ seems destined to end up as ‘the entrée on a smorgasbord of brain food.’
While one must admire the scope and ambition of the home computer-created special effects and bargain-basement decapitations, amputations and disembowellings, the random plotting and splatterfest zombie slayings become increasingly wearing. The banal dialogue is occasionally enlivened by what sounds like a verbal ad lib: ‘When I was a kid, we fuckin’ respected our parents, we didn’t fuckin’ eat ‘em.’ But what is the point of Marion’s ‘killer-fish’ flashbacks, the black-robed extraterrestrials, or indeed the entire last third of the film? ‘Undead’ wears its brains on its sleeve, but otherwise there’s precious little grey matter on display.
Cast and crew
William John King