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First of all, I am aware that "Bad Meat" suffered a lot of problems
during its production. The original director Rob Schmitt was replaced
by Lulu Jarmen, who was making her directorial debut (and first
experience in film whatsoever according to IMDb.) There were also
issues with funding, and at one point it was announced that the film
had been canceled. So it was understandable that the final product
would probably be a little bit shaky at times.
However, it still wasn't any less painful to see just how badly edited the film was due to its potential. The final cut of "Bad Meat" was less than eighty minutes long. After a very confusing opening sequence the film quickly switches to a clear plot about a group of unruly teenagers arriving at a Boot Camp run by over-aggressive workers. Although things soon go from bad to worse for as the staff begin to contract a disease, causing them to vigorously release every bodily fluid known to man and then turn into flesh-eating maniacs. It's fairly simple and it works, however it is continuously and rudely interrupted from brief clips developing from the opening sequence over and over again, which don't contribute anything to the storyline. I would later find out these were not added until the last minute after the original cast had finished filming, nor were they actually scripted (which does make a whole lot of sense seeing how awkwardly they are crammed in.) This could not be made more apparent by the abrupt manner in which the film just sharply ends and cuts to the credits, with no prior indication it was nearing the conclusion. In fact, at the time I felt that the film was really starting to get interesting.
The most frustrating thing about "Bad Meat" is that it was very fun to watch, and even if the opening and ending had been remotely logical it would have been a very solid horror film overall. Yet due to the merciless butchering it received in the editing room the final result is too short and too uneven to be considered a good movie.
My final rating - 6.5/10. The bulk of the film was thoroughly entertaining hence this rating, and despite the extremely shoddy editing, it is not a movie I regret seeing. Hopefully someone has another crack at making the plot more clear before publicly releasing it.
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This movie wasn't too bad actually, quite funny and enjoyable... in a "so bad it's good" kinda way. 6 wayward teens (3 guys, 3 girls) are sent to a bootcamp-style camp (Camp Hardway - lol) where overly aggressive & all-round a**hole staff make their stay a living hell. The cook though seems to make a stew with some "Bad Meat" which only the staff eat, and after a night of extreme vomiting they all turn into flesh-eating Zombie rip-offs. And the wayward teens are on the menu. All inter-cut with rather weird hospital scenes of the lone survivor(?) in a hospital bed with the worst mummy body-bandaging you'll ever see (blood oozing from everywhere). How the film ended (i'm not calling it "an ending") was terrible. It just abruptly ended with so much left unexplained - like they ran out of budget haha. The inter-cut hospital scenes didn't add anything either, i couldn't even tell who the patient was supposed to be. i'd recommend this if you're in the mood for a no-brainer gore-fest (that you can have a laugh at) if you find it at your video store for a $1 or $2 weekly rental, or if you find it on the net or TV. 4/10.
Before I decided to watch this, I sifted through dozens of reviews,
most of the claiming that this movie was beyond terrible and that no
one in the right mind should see it. I decided to see it anyway.
Surprisingly, it was much better than I expected. There was plenty of gore for those who like it bloody, some funny scenes, great acting (especially from Mark Pellegrino), and a fairly decent plot. The only problem was that some of the plot was a little confusing and the audience is left with a few loose ends. I don't think those things took away from the movie too much though.
Honestly, I don't regret seeing this movie, and I don't think people should be put off by the lack of good reviews. It's not the greatest horror movie ever made, but it kept me interested until the very end, so I'd say it's worth watching in my book.
This movie had interesting potential. It was an all-encompassing horror
hybrid of summer camp slasher, zombie, hillbilly cannibal, horror
comedy etc. And then, as multiple people have pointed out, the movie
abruptly wraps up DURING the climax with a slapped on montage that
resolves nothing. Terry Gilliam and David Lynch have made good movies
out of unfinished pieces, but not these jokers.
The basic plot is six teens sent to military school. Three male, three female. We get bits and pieces of their stories, but it doesn't matter because they have no resolution. Dave Franco is the only thing resembling a star and as usual he gets no screen time. He spends most of the movie locked in a box. Somebody wrapped in bandages purporting to be him frames the movie, but it looks like they got a woman to play him. The military school is run by Nazi kinksters and this provides some elements of humor. A mistreated hillbilly cook gets revenge by giving the counselors food poisoning, which leaves them crazily sick for what seems like half a day and then suddenly turns them into cannibal zombies, who sort of act like cats. In spite of the fact that we've seen the meat being poisoned and fed to the counselors, the movie spends ten minutes of plot having an emo biology student cut apart a dog to discover the cause. In a normal movie, he might also discover a cure or something to bring the film to a resolution, but that does not happen. Much time is spent on attempting to find keys to free Dave Franco. Whether and how these keys are used remains a mystery. There's some intrigue and tensions and attempts at character building between the campers, and it's all a waste of time.
It is actually a shame this movie is not 20 minutes longer or could not use its 80ish minutes better. They could have had something, but there is no payoff. And there was no artistic purpose for a lack of payoff. They simply lost film or lost funding.
And what is the conspiracy not to give Dave Franco screen time, even in a movie with no stars? It's bewildering.
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This film is clearly unfinished. It builds story, setting, and
characters well, and the tone of it is great fun, schlocky gore. I
was surprised at how enjoyable it was... and then it just peters out
and stops. It isn't an enigmatic or deliberately open-ended climax it
merely hasn't been completed. Whether this was a screen writing problem
or a production thing I don't know, but in simplest terms: there is no
third act to speak of.
It's a real shame as what's there is good, solid, trashy horror. Frustrating, and a real waste. It's a bit of an affront to release it and present it as a finished piece, to be frank; it's especially galling to see it was funded by the UK lottery/Film Council.
If it were completed I reckon it was on for a 7/10. The annoyance of sitting through it only to be cheated out of a properly finished story makes me want to give it 2/10. So: 4 it is.
The movie was full of gore and a solid "b-" production. I got exactly what I was looking for in a "b" production. It was not supposed to be Star Wars. Just a great evening of entertainment. I wold rate the movie a buy. I would also by purchase "Bad Meat 2". Hope it's not plagued with the production problems the first one was. There is, however, a great chance it will be. This is clearly not a movie for those with a weak stomach or those who don't enjoy raw violence low on plot and theme. The kids have reasonable acting although the monsters (Staff) were a little over the top. The sex seen was not sexy, the blood was bloody, the body parts didn't look real.
Well i don't quite know what to say about this. I mean, this film is
bad....it really is....really bad.....just really, really bad.
And maybe i should really question my sanity for not switching it off after the first depressing scene. But with it being very obvious it was low budget then there is a slight wondering if it might be so bad it will be funny or maybe the gore scenes will be at least entertaining. And maybe once or twice that was the case. But despite those one or two occasions your face teases a possible smile the rest.....well the rest is downright criminal. Like a thief came along and robbed me of 80 minutes of my life.
At one point one of the characters just vanishes; without explanation. Did she die? Maybe she escaped? Maybe her and the mischievous chef drove off into the sunset together. I don't know. It is quite disgusting however and maybe...just maybe it is a success in that respect. That is why i gave it a 2, because at points i did screw my face up in horror. The end...well it's bittersweet. Bitter, because of the despicable way it ended; an abomination. Sweet, because it was finished and i no longer had to suffer. Well so i thought...because i spent the next hour annoyed, irritated that they had just swiped time off my precious life. Thieves.
The movie has the same old premise as a gazzilion other movies. Several
different stereotypes of troubled teens meet in of those messed up semi
concentration camps where that are currently popular amongst the most
incompetent and douchiest parents in the USA There is failed attempts
at trying to delve deeper into the characters but as mentioned it's a
The movie was badly shot as well and the scene didn't follow smoothly. The music was one of the most horrible things I have ever seen. It didn't fit at all with the movie scenes and it was just plain bad. I tried to look at the credits to see who was responsible for this failure but the man was apparently so ashamed of himself he is not credited. I don't know how talented and actors Like Elisabeth Harnois and Dave Franco got suck with this abomination. I am guessing they either lost a bet or the director held heir family hostage. But they both deserve so much better Oh yes speaking of the director he seems to have a vomiting fetish that he explores fully in this movie. Yeah let that sink it. The few gratuitous underwear shots of the girls really dodn't make up for the extensive vomiting. This movie is a failure. Don't watch it
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