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Zombies on the farm: Dead Meat

April 1, 2009

Dead Meat

Old fashioned horror that works despite a low budget.

Dead Meat is a great example of how a talented director can make an effective zombie/horror movie on absolutely no budget. Written and directed by Conor McMahon and set in Ireland, there’s really nothing out of the zombie norm here to set it apart storywise. As it goes, farmers have been feeding ground up animal parts to their cows which has led to a strange illness. Strange illness leads a cow to attack a farmer which leads to zombieism. Okay, I admit it’s a little corny, but as long as the movie delivers some thrills before it gets to the end I’m not gonna nitpick over how the virus gets started.

The main reason this movie worked for me was because the writer/director didn’t try to make another in an overlong line of Dead Alive/Shaun of the Dead slapstick zombie knockoffs, but instead decided to make an old fashioned zombie horror movie. Relying heavily on camera angles, lighting and shading instead of jokes and cheap jump scares to create tension worked for me. At times the movie reminded me, and this is a good thing, of Night of Living Dead. While the low budget was obvious, there was a goodly amount of gore and there was also a sense of suspense and atmosphere that helped to make me forget that anything else. Oh, and the movie also has a zombie cow and how many other movies can say that?

I rate this a 7 out of 10 and I recommend it only to fans of the genre. And to anyone who does rent this one, be sure to check out the extras and the director’s short film, The Braineater. It’s great!

© 2009 by Michael Fishman

One Comment leave one →
  1. A. Morisson permalink
    April 1, 2009 1:05 pm

    Great review. Just added it to my netflix!

    Check out my Zombie Research Society blog at:

    Hope you like it, and keep up the good work!



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