AICN has your first look at the sweet poster for The Spierig Bros' UNDEAD follow-up, DAYBREAKERS!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The Spierig siblings, Michael and Peter, made an impressive debut with their homegrown Aussie tale of zombie carnage called UNDEAD. I myself enjoyed the movie, although not to such a huge degree as Master Knowles. It's obvious from that film that the Spierigs know iconography, they love horror and can make a fun as fuck movie.
Their newest film has been on the horizon forever it seems. It sounds like a more serious endeavor for the boys (at least on paper), a futuristic vampire tale starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. It's about a plague that turns the vast majority of the Earth's population into vampires. The remaining humans have to be rounded up and farmed as the supply of fresh blood grows smaller and smaller and the demand grows larger and larger. The vampires must figure out a way to replicate the blood or save the human race or they, too, will die out.
Pretty sweet concept and I can't WAIT to see what Sam Neill's doing in this flick!
Anyway, we've been given the premiere of the one-sheet for the flick and it's pretty slick. It's a little 28 DAYS LATER, but much, much better than a typical photoshop floating-head deal. The flick is scheduled for release domestically by Lionsgate in January 2010. Here's the poster! Click for the higher-res image!
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June 22, 2009, 3:21 a.m. CST
Had to be done. Anyways, more zombie carnage is always welcome news. Bring it!
June 22, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST
by the zapper
another "its so bad its good but is actually just quite shit" Australian genre movie. Hoping this is an improvement
June 22, 2009, 3:22 a.m. CST
Didn't much like Undead, but if they've taken the time to write something comprehensible I'm sure this will be better.
June 22, 2009, 3:24 a.m. CST
by the zapper
the concept sounds awesome. Hope they capitalize on it
June 22, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST
Don't even know what that means...
June 22, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST
and then i turned the dvd off when everyone was just floating in the air. This sounds cool, but my god undead was such a let down.<br><br>On the other hand, casting Sam Neill, Willem Defoe, and Ethan Hawke is intriguing enough for me to give this a further looksie.
June 22, 2009, 3:59 a.m. CST
Sam "What accent am I doing here?" Worthington, that is.
June 22, 2009, 4:18 a.m. CST
i presume. Not 28 days later.<p>what is it with days and vampires anyway????
June 22, 2009, 4:21 a.m. CST
let's see what they do with a budget..predictably Harry would love it...anything with an awful script
June 22, 2009, 4:24 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
I was expecting awesome and instead I got lameness, pretty the only really interesting thing about was the alien angle (but that was really just weird) oh and the score sounded like something from a kid's movie
June 22, 2009, 4:48 a.m. CST
June 22, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST
The rest is shit.
June 22, 2009, 5:15 a.m. CST
can suck a fart out of my ass.
June 22, 2009, 5:19 a.m. CST
I just can't see people dropping the cash to see yet another plague x turns the population into x. <br><br> I guess it is a genre, this whole zombie/vampire/crazy person virus thing... but it just seems so derivative and boring to me... "I know! Being a Zombie is actually a virus!! A virus going mad!!! No wait wait... even better, a VAMPIRE VIRUS!!"<br><br> Unless this is seriously good, or has an interesting angle...
June 22, 2009, 5:34 a.m. CST
The concept of humans as livestock thrown in sounds pretty interesting though.
June 22, 2009, 6:09 a.m. CST
No. Shawn of the dead was impressive. Undead was pretentious, badly directed and over loaded with a god-awful midi score. <p> but as i said to them during production and screening (yes im a local) kudos for getting undead up and going. <p> i wish them luck with this one
June 22, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST
by Ray Gamma
AND PEOPLE ARE STILL MAKING VAMPIRE MOVIES. seriously. who the fuck here finds vampires frightening? i want a show of hands. anyone?
June 22, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST
by Larry Sellers
So as long as a movie LOOKS like it COULD be a high budget mainstream flick it is instantly a modern cult classic? Is this what we've come to? Undead was weird. A bunch of characters I couldn't give a shit about, the token female badass, and a bizarre alien plot inserted to explain away everything made it weird to the point of nearly shutting it off. The worst part is that it's not quite "so bad it's good"...it's just bad. Because they obviously tried really hard. I'm not shitting on this one yet. But if Undead is any indication it will have inexplicably badass characters with incredible skills with guns, loads of gore, lame one-liners, and...wait that sounds like I'm describing the last couple of Resident Evil movies. Fuck it.
June 22, 2009, 7:17 a.m. CST
by wampa 1
...but it sure smells good!
June 22, 2009, 7:29 a.m. CST
June 22, 2009, 7:31 a.m. CST
I seem to remember something very similar.
June 22, 2009, 8:07 a.m. CST
Looking forward to watching Professor Vampire Ethan Hawke in his lab trying to replicate human blood for two hours.
June 22, 2009, 8:12 a.m. CST
The 30 Days of Night posters were way cooler.
June 22, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST
June 22, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
if so, pass.
June 22, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST
was one of the worst horror movies of recent memory. I don't even think I made it through the whole movie.
June 22, 2009, 10:29 a.m. CST
by Jared Syn
Pretty much everything else was bad.
June 22, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST
Until they screwed it up.
June 22, 2009, 11:10 a.m. CST
Don't ever watch Peter Jackson's Bad Taste, which is absolutely fucking terrible, yet I've seen it praised here and there. I saw Undead as a modern take on Bad Taste but with much better acting and effects. I'd love to see an Undead hater defend Bad Taste in this talkback.
June 22, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST
series of books from last decade<p> Plague, most everyone becomes vamps.<br> Most of those that don't herded into farms.<br> Shared universe with different authors contributing stories in that setting
June 22, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST
Nothing. I know I saw it, but I swear I cannot remember one damn thing about it. If it was good, I'd remember. If it was bad, I'd certainly remember that. But nada. Zip. Must of been a real earth-shaker, that one.
June 22, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST
I wanted to like it, but from the very first moment, it felt like they were going for a Peter Jackson/Dead Alive feel and just ended up being derivative. As has been said many times on this site, it's difficult to get the horror/comedy balance just right, and throughout most of Undead, I thought it really leaned towards "desperate to be cool and trying too hard". I think the only time I actually chuckled was the line, "I'm comfortable with my body." There *was* some technical prowess on display and I at least got the sense that the brothers have a great deal of love for sci-fi, horror, and comedy. Hopefully their second attempt is better (although it sounds like they may leave the comedy out of this one).
June 22, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST
Ok. So... what I like about Bad Taste is that it's a Super-no budget film, but I've never seen it passed off as anything but. When I watch it, it's like watching something my buddies made, running around with a camera in their backyards on weekends, because that's pretty much what it is. I wouldn't call it a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it has a place in my heart because there are enough bizarre, goofy moments to keep me watching and also because I know a lot of people who have made "first films" exactly like it. I suppose Undead is spiritually the same, but it was promoted as a "real" movie, distributed by Lions Gate with posters, theatrical run, and DVD release (that even compared it to Dead Alive, by the way). With that level of promotion, I have higher expectations and I suppose they just weren't met.
June 22, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST
I remember it got a lot of mixed to low reviews, but I finally watched it and liked it. It gave me a EVIL DEAD 2 or DEAD ALIVE (BRAIN DEAD) feel, although not as great as those movies. Of course kids these days, raised on A.D.D. remakes, probably were bored to tears.
June 22, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST
by Cap'n Jack
June 22, 2009, 4:01 p.m. CST
get the fuck out of here...bad taste is much the better film. the score in undead is one of the worst i've heard in any film...ever
June 22, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST
I rarely let the marketing/promotion affect my opinion of a film because, as far as I'm aware, it's usually out of the filmmakers' hands. I like Bad Taste (and Dead Alive) too, I just think it's unfair to slag Undead when it was made in a similar spirit.<br> <br> @TheExterminator: I remember the score in Undead being shit, but was Bad Taste really a much better film? I'll have to watch them both again, but if I didn't already know the story behind Bad Taste before I watched it, I doubt I would have lasted through the first few minutes. Undead had some cool effects and offbeat characters with a weird little story.
June 22, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST
just a silly, stupid movie. I love good zombie films but it lost around the time people started floating in the air.
June 22, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST
but its obvious most people here have no idea what a complete film production wasteland (Queensland, Australia) Undead came out of. These guys made a professional looking film out of zero fucking budget....yeh it sucked (particularly the score..) and the end was retarded on a level that immediately loses you...but still. They worked extremely hard, I'll give em that...agree with BenderShiny
June 22, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST
I think most people forget Undead was a self funded $800,000 gamble. It's fun and the effort shows, I have nothing but huge admiration for these guys. I was talking to guy from Weta a while back who worked on some effects, said it was looking cool. But that was like a year ago, or two.
June 22, 2009, 9:20 p.m. CST
June 22, 2009, 9:31 p.m. CST
Despite the enormous effort that obviously went into even getting it made which is to respected in the horror show that is the Australian film industry, the film in the end was in my mind a failure. <p> The script wasn't very funny, the music was beyond terrible and worst of all for me was the pacing. The editing was just awkward and made the movie feel like it was barely moving at all. Combined with some pretty made-for-TV lighting, it made for a visually unengaging story about a zombie/alien attack. <p> What sets "Bad Taste" apart; It was well-paced and the jokes it had, whilst stupid, worked. I never checked the time when I was watching it and was left to enjoy the utter outrageousness of the violence on screen. <p> I realise the brothers had very little money and had to use CGI a lot, but the use of computer graphics immediately dated their picture, distanced me from really seeing any of the gore as anything but an effect. Moreover, their obvious efforts to make a slick looking movie was at odds with the "crazy movie matinee" feeling they were going for. <p> Jackson's all practical effects bonanza gave his movie a grubby homemade aesthetic that was both viscerally involving and just plain silly fun. He never made it look particularly pretty and that was the right choice for such an empty-headed juvenile film (that still kicks ass).
June 22, 2009, 9:40 p.m. CST
Before "Undead"'s defenders bring out that defence again, watch "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" for awful done right. They realised the only way to make it work was to try and do EVERYTHING terribly. The lighting, the set design, the framing, the acting, the editing, the sound, the music, the story; it's a goldmine of awfulness. Very rewarding for any film nerd to watch as you see countless errors that must have been really hard to consistently commit. <p> RR's "Planet Terror" is another good example, but in that case everything was done with an eye towards quality except the ridiculous script. The effects were top notch (mostly practical!), the lighting was great, the camera-work and editing (except for the obvious exception) was fine. Nothing was out of place, which made enjoying the insane story far easier.
June 22, 2009, 9:41 p.m. CST
Oy, these edit buttons. When will they appear?
June 23, 2009, 3:25 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
June 23, 2009, 8:21 a.m. CST
Smoke some weed when you watch it and its a fun movie....
Feb. 11, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST
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