Talk of a movie that delivers the goods! Dead Meat doesn’t take itself seriously and can therefore afford the craziest madness. Though the characters might seem paper thin at first sight, they’re actually better defined through sex related taboos. Polygamy, heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality are all subjects approached in dialogues and images. Dead Meat spoils horror, gore and martial arts fans equally and also draws its inspiration from a typical heterosexual male’s fantasies.
Therefore, the presence of Ron Jeremy, famous porn star, is a plus. Don’t let this mislead you tough; ironically, here he plays a killer butcher who couldn’t care less about sex. For their part, the main characters have a good chemistry and the actors playing them are responsible for it.
The main problem with Dead Meat is the budget. You can tell a lot of effort was put into it but at the same time you wish you could be more involved in the story. Philip Cruz, director, still did put his soul in the movie and it shows. I am curious to see what he could do with a more concrete financing.
The last third of the feature takes a bit of a deceiving direction. It doesn’t take away the goods but since we are offered so many different styles as the movie evolves, the fact that the outcome chooses a precise and more concrete direction takes away the random element.
Dead Meat is fun and renews those clichés we cherish. It spoofs some classics with irony, without recreating them.