Tall, Dark, and Dead – 66 – Dead Meat

Title: Dead Meat
Year: 2004
Director: Conor McMahon
Leads: Marion Araujo, David Muyllaert

Favorite quote: “It’s not what you eat, it’s who you eat.”

Thoughts: When I started this film I almost wrote, “Yay, Irish!” across the top of my notes, because Irish zombie movies tend to be some of the strongest, wittiest out there. (Nathan is my future zombie husband, after all.)

Unfortunately, not this one.

I find it really odd, because almost all of the documentation I found online bills Dead Meat as a zombie comedy, and emphasizes the “wildness” of it – but there is no comedy, and there is nothing remotely wild about it. For a while I thought perhaps I had the wrong film, as, believe it or not, people do have a tendency to reuse zombie puns in film titles. But apparently, not so.

There’s nothing audacious about this movie. It’s essentially a chase through the beautiful Irish countryside – a poor man’s 28 Days Later, where the only scary thing is the lack of escape options. The opening was so promising, too! It came across sort of like Food, Inc for zombie fans – I was disturbingly excited by this prospect.

Links: Dead Meat at IMDB
Dead Meat on Wikipedia

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