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Dead Meat
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by Scott Weinberg

"The Emerald Isle wants a piece of the zombie pie!"
4 stars

SCREENED VIA THE 2004 L.A. SCREAMFEST FILM FESTIVAL: In the past few years we've been treated to a true Zombie Resurgence, a steady stream of undead loveliness from nations like Great Britain, Australia and the U.S. And you can now add Ireland to the United Nations of Zombiehood with "Dead Meat", which is a gruesome and gloriously reverent homage to the flesh-slurpin' subgenre created by good ol' George Romero.

Martin and Helena are out for a lovely afternoon drive amidst the rolling Irish hills. Out of nowhere springs a pedestrian, who promptly ends up on the receiving end of a speeding automobile. The couple decide to snatch the guy up and toss him into the backseat, only the should-be-well-dead dude pops up and takes a big gory chomp out of Martin's neck. Gross.

Helena hightails it over to a secluded cabin in the hopes of finding a little assistance. Instead she finds the surprisingly vibrant Martin, who now only drools and tries to bite his bewildered girlfriend. It may be a bit of a spoiler to inform you that Helena sucks Martin's eyeball out with a vacuum cleaner, but mentioning such gruesome goods only serves to illustrate how joyously juicy this zombie flick truly is. Gorehounds will have a ball with Dead Meat - and I know this from first-hand experience.

As is often the case in the Zombie Flick, the plot is a one-note affair: Helena meets a crafty hero/sidekick/fella, and the pair make their way across the expansive Irish countryside while desperately trying to avoid the ravenously zealous zombies. A handful of other humans pop up here and there, although most of them end up serving as mere zombie food...which is absolutely the way it should be in a movie called Dead Meat.

If you're looking for a few comparisons to the contemporary zombie epics, try these ones on for size.

Dead Meat is funnier than 28 Days Later but much nastier than Shaun of the Dead. It's considerably less polished than the Dawn of the Dead remake, but it's not as loud and overwhelming as Undead. Most important - Dead Meat is a damn entertaining little horror flick in its own right. The genre freaks will certainly enjoy the handful of homages and in-jokes littered throughout Dead Meat's carnivorous craziness. You'll notice a little Jackson here, a little Raimi there, and of course a whole lot of Romero everywhere.

First-time writer/director Conor McMahon keeps his flick trucking along quite smoothly, tilting his cockeyed camera at the frequent "money shots" and delivering scene after scene of wet zombie-riffic goodness. The action bits are crisp and slick, the zombie chomps are adorably gory, and the whole thing is wrapped up with a great dose of distinctly Irish humor.

What's cool is that Mr. McMahon is clearly a huge and affectionate fan of the Zombie Movie. What's even cooler is that he has some serious skills as a filmmaker, which you really do need if you want your zombie-love to mean something to a worldwide audience. And once those minions catch wind of Dead Meat, they'll absolutely eat it up.

Plus it's not every day you get to see a movie that has a vicious homicidal zombie cow in it.

There's nothing that a hardcore horror hound loves more than to discover a nasty little newborn, and then help to spread the word. That's how movies like Dog Soldiers and May made their well-earned money. So here's me touting Dead Meat as one to officially keep an eye out for. If Lions Gate hasn't snatched this one up yet, well then they need to give me a job so I can do it.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 ScreamFest L.A. Horror Festival. For more in the 2004 ScreamFest L.A. series, click here.

User Comments

1/03/09 Matt The zombie-horde attack in the castle toward the end elevates the movie to truly great. 5 stars
5/31/07 Johnny Fox 'yeah u trained with us for about 2 weeks... You were shite!' 5 stars
7/15/05 Tim Darby A nice try.......but lacked finesse! 4 stars
6/25/05 Tom Schneider A worthy effort. Very fun. 4 stars
6/09/05 mags twomey brilliant! so funny and so true.. 5 stars
5/05/05 Kieran Lombard It's deadly! especially as I'm in it for a whole 5 mins as a zombie... 5 stars
11/25/04 Morgan Hetherington funniest hooror flick in ages 5 stars
10/27/04 Diarmuid Cooke Good zombie fun 4 stars
10/27/04 Aurielie Rainford I really loved dead meat especially the coach guy a shit kickin shit kicker. Cant wait to s 4 stars
10/20/04 Liz Mance Scary funny Cathail Ceaunt is the man 5 stars
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  DVD: 14-Jun-2005



Directed by
  Conor McMahon

Written by
  Conor McMahon

  Marian Araujo
  Anthony Litton
  David Mallard
  Ivan McCollough
  David Ryan
  Eoin Whelan

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