UNDEAD (Peter and Michael Spierig, 2003) Rating: NNN
The Bloor, one of the nicer of the city's dwindling stock of rep houses, has recovered from its roof problems and returns to public life tonight. And what better way to celebrate than by dressing up as a zombie and attending Rue Morgue magazine's Cinemacabre screening of the Spierig brothers' delightfully weird zombie flick, Undead?
It's the tale of a small Australian fishing town in which a shower of radioactive meteorites turns everyone into brain-eating zombies. The Spierig boys waste little time on plot and character, cutting straight to the carnage. Halfway through, they throw in aliens and flesh-eating trout, and then dazzle you with unexpectedly classy 3-D animation.
At a certain point, it looks like the film's about to morph into something genuinely sophisticated; it never does, and the ending's a bit baffling, but it's still original, goofy and pleasingly gross. Great fun. (Bloor, March 18)