Dead Meat

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Dead Meat
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Directed by Conor McMahon
Produced by Michael Griffin
Edward King
Executive producer
Brendan McCarthy
Written by Conor McMahon
Starring Marian Araujo
David Muyllaert
Music by John Gillooley
Cinematography Andrew Legge
Edited by Conor McMahon
Distributed by Three Way Distributors
Release dates
October 2004 (United States)
December 2004 (Ireland)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English
Budget €110,000

Dead Meat is a 2004 Irish zombie film written and directed by Conor McMahon, starring Spanish theatre actress Marian Araujo and veteran Irish actor Eoin Whelan.

Plot summary[edit]

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, other mythological creatures and evil bacon.


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.


Dead Meat was filmed in and around the village of Leitrim, County Leitrim, Ireland.


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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