Peter and Michael Spierig
2003, Australia, 100 minutes

Friday, 3.19, 8:30pm
Opening Night Gala

"The most inventive zombie film since Peter Jackson's Brain Dead."
- Fangoria

" Undead is an ambitious low-budget endeavor that succeeds on every level." - Toronto International Film Festival

"More fun than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick." - San Francisco IndieFest

Our Opening Night Gala film is a brilliant horror-science fiction comedy with zombies, zombie fish, triple-barreled shotguns, more zombies, and an endless supply of surprising plot twists. If you're a fan of imaginative, outrageously gory splat-stick comedy (and who isn't?), then Undead was made for you.

Berkeley is a peaceful, rustic fishing community where life is sweet and the people are friendly. All that is about to change. After losing her childhood farm to the bank, local beauty queen Rene decides to leave for the big city. But an avalanche of meteorites bombards the town, re-animates the dead - and makes them ravenously hungry. Suddenly, leaving town will be more difficult than planned. Rene meets four other survivors who soon discover that their situation is even weirder, and more dangerous, than it first appears.

Written, produced, directed, sound-designed and edited (on a laptop computer) by the twin Spierig brothers, Undead is a two and a half year labor of love that will reaffirm your faith in true independent filmmaking. The North American premiere in Toronto had the Festival audience rolling in the aisles and applauding wildly throughout. Now you can sample the gruesome delights of their auspicious debut. Enjoy.

- Bruce Fletcher