Dead Meat is yet another low-budget zombie b-movie cum-infection flick that to be perfectly honest would probably go unnoticed in the mass of similar styled movies out there at the moment.
Zombie and low-budget go hand in hand, and always have. That's not a bad thing. Often in zombie flicks you can flatten the 'serious' edge with added humour, it's one of the only sub-genres that usually does it to some degree of success. Unfortunately it means there are a hundred and one filmmakers and producers who want to try their hand at it. And many with absolutely no degree of success whatsoever. Sadly this is one of those movies.
The premise is simple and decently apt in today's climate of foot and mouth scares amongst other animal related diseases. A diseased cow escapes slaughter and manages to infect the countryside. Instead of getting mad cow disease the people in the surrounding area are turned into flesh eating zombies.
The acting is unusually and disappointing cardboard on this occasion. I wasn't expecting Oscar winning performances - but still. The direction and pace of the movie was fine but I felt so many elements were either overlooked, not explored, or omitted totally just didn't hook me into the story. I lacked care for the characters and was put off most times by Marian Araujo's accent, which stood out a mile in her Irish surroundings.
Yawnville. Not interesting, nor captivating. See Stephen Bradley's 'Boy Eats Girl' instead if you absolutely must get your Irish Zombie fill.