A car roars through the darkened country roads. Inside, a distraught Sarah, holding her stricken dad, Mark, is desperately trying to stem the flow of blood.
Having been re-directed to an Evacuation facility on the edge of town, Steve, an off-duty Paramedic is in a race against time fully aware that Mark’s chances of survival are rapidly slipping away….
The scene that greets them on arrival is one of chaos. The floor, awash with blood, is covered with the bodies of the dying and injured, doctors dart back and forth, clearly overwhelmed. A violent convulsion causes Mark to lose consciousness, heart stopped he slumps to the floor. As the adrenalin needle slams into her father’s heart , Sarah stumbles back and her world fades to black. Upon regaining consciousness, Sarah is greeted by the uneasy silence of a seemingly deserted building. Bleeding and dazed she stumbles through the darkened corridors unaware of the fate that awaits her…
Sarah finds a friend Jay, and they are both at the hospital for similar reasons. Jay for his little brother and Sarah for her Dad, who was admitted just before she passed out. Whilst travelling through the hospital with Jay she finds Steve again and together they look for a way out of the hospital.
Finding some other friends along the way their only hope is to get into the basement and escape through a hatch into the open air…
Director Rhys Davies just about manages to pull off a passable zombie film here, with what appears to be quite a miniscule budget.
Davies’ zombies stem from the Night Of The Living Dead tree of the undead rather than the free running style of recent movies such as 28 Days/Weeks Later.
The first half of Zombie Undead plods along at quite a slow pace and I did wonder how long I could continue to watch the film until I felt compelled to switch it off. Thankfully, the pace picked up towards the final quarter of the film. This was probably due to the fact that we are left with two main characters at this point, who interact much better when on screen together than when they interact with other members of the cast.
I did however find it hard to connect with any of the main characters as there didn’t appear to have been much time spent developing their personalities.
It would have been nice to have had back stories on each of the main characters, explaining their journey prior to ending up at the hospital. This would have also have allowed some affinity between us and the cast. I felt no emotion when people were being killed by zombies and this dampened my enthusiasm somewhat to the situation developing on screen.
With a larger budget I believe that the scope of this film could have been greater and perhaps my perception of the movie as a whole could have changed.
Kris Tearse’s performance as Jay starts off quite limp, but as the film progresses Jay’s character shines through and we start to see underneath the skin. I found Sarah’s character (played by Ruth King) very irritating at first, but this may have been due to the fact that she kept apologising to Jay, which did grind on me and made me wonder why Jay didn’t scream at her “for f#*%’s sake stop apologizing, get your finger out of your ass and let’s do something positive!”. However, I should allow for the fact that she is surrounded by zombies most of the time.
All in all, this isn’t a bad effort, which is written and scored by Kris Tearse.
The look of the film doesn’t scream ‘budget’ at you and the score is quite impressive. But if you don’t normally watch zombie movies then this might be a good zombie flick for you to watch. If like me however, you are a seasoned zombie movie lover yourself, this will not be your first choice of movie.