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"An infection spreads from slaughtered animals to humans, which causes the dead to rise and feed on the living."

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Review Date: 19 May 2006 My Rating: out of 5


Connor McMahon's debut feature film may not be as good as the award winning feature film which inspired and no doubt allowed him to make it, but it's a fun little movie that adds a wicked slant to the zombie sub genre.

When cattle farmers are attacked by their livestock they become zombies who roam the Irish countryside eating passers by. This makes way for a cross between Brain Dead and NOTLD in this well executed and technically competent indie film.

The prologue to the main story is effective enough, but after that I had a hard time getting into the film until the main characters meet up and then it was pretty good from there on in.

By the mid way point, new characters were introduced and I honestly had no idea what one of them was saying half the time because his accent was so thick. I have a feeling it was well written dialogue as well because the moments I did hear were very funny indeed.

The editing, cinematography and effects work were definitely the highlights here but Connor McMahon does demonstrate that he is capable of quite a bit more if he has the right resources behind him.

Reviewer: Steven Davies @braindeadsteve
Location:Luton, UK
Review Date: 31 October 2005 My Rating: out of 5

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.

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