Original Release Date: Sept. 4, 2003 (Australia “wide” premiere); Oct. 11, 2005 (USA)
Run Time: 104 minutes
All right, this is kind of a lengthy analogy, but stay with me here: I liken “Undead” to the first album released by a band that releases a really amazing second album. The second album brings the band more attention, more critical acclaim, and more fans, but the first disc will always be special to the “true” fans that have been following the band since the get-go. The first album shows the potential the band has, even though the band may not have actually reached that full potential until later discs.
The “second album” in the above analogy is, of course, “Daybreakers,” the movie currently in theaters set in the not-too-distant future where vampires have become the majority and humans must fight to survive. “Undead” and “Daybreakers” are the first and second movies written and directed by the Spierig Brothers, Peter and Michael. I had the opportunity to see “Daybreakers” over the weekend, and I was very impressed and highly recommend it; seeing that film made me want to re-visit “Undead,” a movie I first watched over a year ago, so I sat down and treated myself to a second viewing. Watching both films within twelve hours of one another spawned the above analogy, and I think it’s a fairly accurate one.