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School's Out ... And So Are the Zombies.
A boy declares his love for his girlfriend, only to die the same night. He is brought back to life by his mother as a flesh-craving zombie, who sires more teen undead while trying to control his, er, appetite for his beloved. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Stephen Bradley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Derek Landy 

Produced by
Noëlette Buckley .... line producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Noel Donnellon .... producer: opening titles
Louise Goodsill .... executive producer
Ed Guiney .... producer
Eoin Holmes .... co-producer
Matthew Justice .... co-producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Andrew Lowe .... producer
Alan Maher .... associate producer
Mark Woods .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hugh Drumm 
Stephen Rennicks 
Cinematography by
Balazs Bolygo 
Film Editing by
Dermot Diskin 
Ben Yeates (co-editor)
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Amy Rowan 
Production Design by
Anna Rackard 
Art Direction by
Irene O'Brien 
Costume Design by
Susan Scott 
Makeup Department
Lorri Ann-King .... additional hair assistant (as Lorri Ann King)
Eileen Buggy .... chief hairdresser
Sharon Doyle .... additional makeup assistant
Deirdre Fitzgerald .... makeup artist
Anna Gronerus .... assistant hair
Jessica Moore .... special makeup effects
Matthew O'Toole .... special makeup effects artist
Tina Phelan .... assistant makeup artist
Justin Pitkethly .... special makeup effects artist
Denise Watson .... chief makeup artist
Production Management
Tricia Perrott .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jill Dempsey .... second assistant director
Luke Johnston .... first assistant director
Alex Jones .... third assistant director (as Alexandra Jones)
Jonathan Shaw .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Nurey Al-Kahzrajie .... trainee
John Arkins .... supervising stagehand
Graeme Bird .... propmaker
Sharon Bruton .... additional stand-by art director
Tamara Conboy .... standby art director
June Connon .... property master
Greg Demery .... carpenter
Joe Gaynor .... stand-by painter (as Joey Gaynor)
Neville Gaynor .... master painter
Jimmy Gillen .... stand-by stagehand
Paul Hedges Jr. .... chargehand dressing props
John Hext .... painter (as Johnny Hext)
Jimmy Irwin .... plasterer
Ronan Kennedy .... dressing props trainee
Sarah Kingston .... prop buyer
Nicky MacManus .... construction manager
Eleonora McNamara .... sculpture: daily
Philip Murphy .... dressing props
Niamh Nic Raois .... trainee
Anthony Nugent .... chargehand standby props
Dan O'Connell .... carpenter
David Oldham .... stand-by carpenter (as Dave Oldham)
Marion Picard .... prop buyer
Bruce Ryder .... storyboard artist
Kris Tighe .... apprentice carpenter
Pat Tighe .... master carpenter
Kevin Weaver .... stand-by props trainee
Ted Wellings .... stand-by rigger
Sound Department
Stuart Bruce .... sound recordist
Alan Collins .... studio manager
Daniel Crowley .... additional boom operator (as Danny Crowley)
Michelle Cunniffe .... adr recordist
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Patrick Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Steven Farrell .... additional boom operator
John Fitzgerald .... foley mixer
John Fitzgerald .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer:
Sarah Gaines .... dialogue editor
Brendan Geaney .... foley editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrea King .... foley artist
Anthony Litton .... additional sound editor
Alistair Mason .... boom operator
Fiadhnait McCann .... sound effects editor
Jean McGrath .... adr recordist
Special Effects by
Brendan Byrne .... special effects coordinator
Peter Hawkins .... animatronic creature and zombie effects
Bob Keen .... special effects supervisor
Jennifer Latour .... workshop assistant
Pat Redmond .... floor supervisor
Dave Roddham .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
David Casey .... compositor
William Foxwell .... film recorder operator: Lip Sync Post
Katja Hollmann .... digital lab supervisor: Lipsync Post
Katy Lemon .... film recorder operator: Lip Sync Post
Kevin Phelan .... head of post production: Lip Sync Post
Allen Sillery .... lead compositor: Screen Scene
Lucy Allen .... stunt performer
Therese Enright .... snake handler
Dominick Hewitt .... stunt driver
Ray Nicholas .... stunt coordinator
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Gary Robinson .... stunt coordinator
Ray Tobin .... stunt coordinator
Philippe Zone .... additional stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Garret Baldwin .... gaffer
Peter Batten .... director of photography: second unit
Tim Battersby .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Barry Bellotti .... generator driver
Balazs Bolygo .... camera operator
Tommy Carlin .... electrician
Philip Coleman .... grip: second unit
Barry Conroy .... electrician
Peter Dorney .... aerial cameraman
Billy Doyle .... best boy
Des Doyle .... assistant camera
Richie Egan .... crane grip
Sarah Francis .... assistant camera
Jo Gibney .... aerial camera assistant
Colm Hogan .... still photographer
Aideen McCarthy .... camera trainee
Stephen Murphy .... Steadicam operator
Gary Nagle .... electrician
Anthony Swaby .... camera trainee: Isle of Man
Paul Tsan .... additional grip
Glen Whorrall .... second camera trainee
Casting Department
Tamara Notcutt .... casting assistant: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Cartwright .... wardrobe supervisor
Valerie Kelly .... wardrobe assistant
Maara Mulgrew .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Warren Dowling .... on-line editor
Barry Moen .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Brona Cahill .... musician
Louise Cornally .... music licensing
Hugh Drumm .... music producer
Hugh Drumm .... musician
Jenny Huston .... music consultant
Ann Marie Kelly .... music consultant
Niall Rennicks .... composer: additional music
Niall Rennicks .... music engineer
Niall Rennicks .... musician
Stephen Rennicks .... musician
Transportation Department
Maurice Campbell .... minibus driver
Stephen Carroll .... action vehicle co-ordinator
Jason Clarke .... driver: props runaround
Jimmy Devlin .... unit driver
Hugh McCartney .... camera car driver (as Hugh McCarthy)
Denis Minogue .... action vehicle assistant
Al Morris .... transportation captain
Terence Morrison .... lighting truck driver
Tony Mullally .... unit driver
Other crew
Eddie Booth .... location assistant
Warren Clark .... set security
Cait Collins .... production coordinator
Orla Collins .... assistant accountant
Louise Cornally .... business affairs executive
Sile Dorney .... production accountant
Olive Drynan .... unit nurse
Maud Halferty .... publicist
Jeanette McGrath .... script supervisor
Ruth McMahon .... nurse
Poll Moussoulides .... dialogue coach
Arran Murphy .... extras coordinator
Matthew Nevin .... production assistant: Element Films
Cian O'Muilleoir .... accounting assistant
Brendan O'Sullivan .... location assistant: additional photography
David Z. Obadiah .... titles producer
Jane Roche .... production executive
John Sunter .... title designer
Clodagh Tierney .... location manager
Ira Zloczower .... production executive
Barbara Mumba .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
Rated R for horror violence/gore, language and some sexual content
80 min
Australia:R | Germany:16 | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:15A (re-rating on appeal) | Ireland:18 (video rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Singapore:R21 (cut) (original rating) | Singapore:NC-16 (edited version) | UK:18 | USA:R

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Continuity: When Craig is running from the zombies, he pulls off two planks from a fence, but the wooden bar at the top stays on and he breaks it separately. Later, when he replaces the piece of fence, the wooden bar is attached to the two planks.See more »
Diggs:You're supposed to make friends at school, not eat them.See more »
Kiss ChasingSee more »


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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Not as bad as you'd think, not good either., 16 April 2006
Author: movedout

Part satire and part romantic-comedy, Boy Eats Girl should be looked upon as a homage to the classic 70s horror genre and not a poor effort at recreating the success of Shaun of the Dead. Hailing from Ireland, it takes plenty of liberties in its character's settings and mannerisms. Not wholly European as you'd expect but it works on most levels, just not so much on the humour however.

Nathan (David Leon) is the heartbroken teenager who accidentally kills himself after making the mistake of witnessing the love of his young teenage life, Jessica (Irish pop sensation, Samantha Mumba) in a compromising situation with his school's Lothario. Nathan's mother (Deirdre O'Kane) finds his lifeless body in his room and remembers the handy book of resurrection spells that she'd found just days earlier in the bowels of the church that she works at.

As easy as you can say beginner's luck, she manages to bring back her son and gets him ready for the next day of school. Nathan starts to feel the effects of his zombification when he starts to feel impervious to pain and feels hungry all the time. His 2 pals, Henry and Diggs (Laurence Kinlan and Tadhg Murphy) who at times seem even less shiftless than their dead friend, get worried when they see Nathan's disenchantment with Jessica vanish.

At the night's school disco, resident slut and girlfriend of the toughest jock in school, Cheryl (Sara James) propositions Nathan. Not exactly willing to do what Nathan wants from her, she ditches him. Unfortunately for Nathan, the jock boyfriend follows him as he stumbles on to the rugby pitch. Normally, this would be a cakewalk for bully-kind everywhere but Nathan's newfound undead ability of super-strength makes it easy for him to overpower the jock. He finally gives in to temptation and takes a couple of deadly chunks out of him. Nathan runs home and is given the bare bones of his worsening condition by his mother who promptly locks him in the garage as she finds a cure. Things start to get a whole lot worse for him after last night's attack starts a chain reaction of killings, each spawning a much more vicious version of Nathan's condition.

The plot and situation 'borrows' heavily from a handful of movies, especially the 1993 cult classic, My Boyfriend's Back with virtually the same sub-plot of unrequited love between the unfortunate undead and his high-school sweetheart. As most will use Shaun of the Dead as a touchstone in understanding the film's comedy/gore tandem, it's intended use of black comedy and detached humour falls short.

The backyard splatter that comes from fending off ravenous classmates and neighbours is refreshing to see and it does it well. The violence and the reactions of the harried survivors are always tongue-in-cheek which is satisfying, as the zombie horde never comes close to being scary, just downright silly. The flaying of skin and removal of limbs is a requisite in any good romp through a town full of undead. However, the gore starts of perfunctory, not exactly a good sign when it takes almost half the movie to get there.

As the film progresses to its climax, a visible shift in priorities takes place. Suddenly, the story stops and a zombie free-for-all take place, courtesy of a pimped out tractor and surge of adrenaline from the heroine. As the movie is a relatively short enterprise, clocking in at about 77 minutes (including credits), it almost makes up for the lack of spilled blood and guts when the horror aspect of the film finally kicks in.

Most satires succumb to taking themselves too seriously at some point in their films and Boy Eats Girl is no different. The romance between Nathan and Jessica felt too overdone in the beginning, leading to the most controversial scene in the movie that initially got it banned in its native Ireland. The attempted suicide scene was clumsy and awkward; not exactly an endorsement for depressed teenagers everywhere.

The film starts out slow, working out the set-up of the eventual suicide that triggers the rest of the plot, leaving just a third of the movie for bona fide zombie mayhem. Each transition is disjointed and rushed, especially the weak example of a deus ex machina during the last minutes of the film.

The 1-note characters and unresolved story lines are indicative of the apathetic acting and lack of fleshed out character development. Mumba does not show any signs of being a tough female character in the beginning, making a transformation into the movie's heroine seem out of character. Leon's Nathan seems too self-aware and confident to pull off being the angst-ridden chump who finds it hard to bring up his true feelings around Jessica.

From start to end, its campy throwback to nonsensical horror-comedy masks over its inability to find its feet and its problematic attempts at satire. Suffering from a painfully short running time and an overly brisk pacing, Boy Eats Girl does not fulfill the potential that it has. What it does achieve is a quick and harmless way to spend just over an hour when bored.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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