Directors: Daniel Nunez and Lazaro Nunez
Cast: Christopher Diaz, Joe Coffey, Sophia Koshmer
Production Company: Palma Real
Runtime: 84 minutes
Undead Apocalypse (2012) is an independent horror film that also incorporates elements of action and drama. Daniel and Lazaro Nunez produced and directed the film together in Orlando, Florida. The films main locations include the Orlando VA Medical Center and Full Sail University.
In the movie, terrorists stage a biological attack that triggers a zombie outbreak. A group of students and their professor attempt to retrieve a possible cure from a lab on campus, but it won’t be easy. The university is infested with the undead.
The zombies act a little differently in this film than what you’ve come to expect from the walking dead. Here, the zombies are intelligent enough to organize simple traps for their prey. The lead zombie is a university professor, and does seem to be leading the rest of them.
The survivors have no access to weapons of any kind, so they must improvise. They wrap their hands in cloth, and fight the zombies hand-to-hand. I’ve seen zombies punched before in Dawn of the Dead (1978), but in this film there really is no other way to deal with them.
The movie takes on a number of issues including life, death, faith, religion, and our dependence on modern medicine. The characters have a lot of deep conversations in between the inevitable zombie attacks. The film’s main focus is on the struggles of the living.
The importance of family plays a large role in the movie as well. Each of the survivors has a story about how they were influenced by someone they loved. Knowing what motivates the characters does help to make them more sympathetic to the viewer.
The soundtrack is a combination of stock music from composer Kevin MacLeod, and a classical piece in the public domain. What would the independent scene be without Kevin MacLeod! There are so many low-budget films that depend upon his royalty-free library of music.
Undead Apocalypse is more about the human condition than it is about the state of the undead. I hope you won’t let that keep you from seeing the movie. Remember, there might be a zombie in need of punching around the next corner…
– John Migliore
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