|Directed by||Conor McMahon|
|Produced by||Michael Griffin
|Written by||Conor McMahon|
|Music by||John Gillooley|
|Edited by||Conor McMahon|
|Distributed by||Three Way Distributors|
|Release date(s)||October 2004 (United States)
December 2004 (Ireland)
|Running time||80 minutes|
A mutated strain of mad cow disease infects the Irish countryside, turning people into ravenous, flesh-eating zombies. Caught amid this chaos are a young Spanish tourist and the local gravedigger. Together, this unlikely duo must fight for survival or become part of the Zombie Fest. The gravedigger is also furnished with a deadly shovel, presumably used for digging graves and/or slaying zombies, dragons and other mythological creatures.
According to the "making of..." featurette included in the U. S. DVD release, the film was greenlighted under a new funding scheme from the Irish Film Board called "Microbudget Films", targeted at frugal independent filmmakers. Dead Meat was the first microbudget film to receive a release. To cut costs, the crew used many donated sets, filmmakers' personal vehicles and recruited volunteer extras at the local pub. Dead Meat received video distribution by Revolver Entertainment in the U. K. and Fangoria Entertainment in the U. S.
David Muyllaert, who played heroic gravedigger Desmond in Dead Meat, also sang lead on the film's title song, the punk-metal-ish "Dead Meat".
One of McMahon's earlier short films, Braineater, used a similar stunt involving a sliotar as a weapon as is used in Dead Meat. Braineater was produced by Eoin Whelan, who played a belligerent hurling coach in both films.
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