Let me back up....A couple of weeks ago, I saw
George Romero's "Land of the Dead" - I was hyped. This
was going to be another film in his on-going zombie movies of horror and
society spinning into chaos. Totally fun. Or I figured it was going
to be. I was disappointed. It felt like a platform for speaking
about the war. If I had known this was going to be a political statement,
then that's one thing. It just wasn't what I expected. It had quite
a lot of gore too. More than I thought was needed to propel the story.
Yah, you have to establish that zombies eat people. That's all
well and good. There was just so much in this movie, that it was almost
an excuse for not moving the story along.
So, I was a little skeptical when Monk wanted to see a new release, "Undead".
Was this going to be another gore-featured political statement? *sigh*
It was great!
Better than great! I would definitely see it again. This movie
rides that careful balance between scary/horror and comedy. Playful like Peter
Jackson's "Dead Again" (with a lot less blood), but adds another
twist to the zombie genre. The characters have great expressions, and I
liked the grainy-type feel of the film. (I heard they filmed it all on
digital. Sorry, that's the geek part coming out...) Most of the
gore is implied: the camera turns away from the actual cutting the head
off, or you see the swing and blood splattered on the wall - you don't actually
see the slicing part. The editing is a little clunky in sections,
but over-all was not too distracting. I was much more focused on trying
to second-guess what was going to happen next.
It's on a limited run - so catch it quick!