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Meat Market (2000)

Unrated | | Action, Horror, Comedy | Video 6 December 2000
Animals attacks, says the TV news. But two ex-security agents know the real cause - maybe the real culprits. Shahrokh and Argenta are former employees of a company they knew to be ... See full summary »

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Bettina May ... Argenta (as Claire Westby)
Paul Pedrosa ... Shahrokh
Alison Therriault ... Nemesis
Teresa Simon ... Valeria
Chelsey Arentsen ... Tiamat
Cam Pipes ... El Diablo Azul
Ivan Meade ... El Diablo Azul (voice)
Ken Peters ... Dr. Oppenheim
Clifton Mitchell ... Lt. Ayers
Bryn Johnson ... Pvt. Holden / Featured Zombie
Chris Clement ... The Mayor
Nick Sheehan ... Yuppie
Brian Clement ... City Official / SWAT Unit / Featured Zombie
Scott Roberts ... Officer Bate
Mark Walsh ... Officer Ramsey
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Animals attacks, says the TV news. But two ex-security agents know the real cause - maybe the real culprits. Shahrokh and Argenta are former employees of a company they knew to be conducting bizarre medical experiments. What has resulted are not animals attacks, but attacks by humans turned into vicious, decomposing, cannibalistic zombies. Their efforts to stem the violence in vain, hunted by the authorities, Shahrokh and Argenta escape the city just as it is engulfed in chaos. Their only hope lies in finding and organizing the few remaining survivors. What they find - three women claiming to be vampires with high-tech weaponry, a deranged and washed-up Mexican wrestler, a wounded soldier, and a scientist who may know more than he lets on - offer more questions than answers. Can this tiny cadre hope to defeat an army of the undead? And if they succeed...will there be anyone left alive? Written by Anonymous

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From the depths of hell...the dead have returned to walk the earth. Pray for help.

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Ambitious but awful
19 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Two former security agents find themselves in a world where (what else?) the dead have returned to consume the flesh of the living. Finding themselves on the run from authorities, they find survivors in three girls who are vampires with high tech weapons, a washed up Luchador, a wounded soldier, and a mad scientist.

On paper, "Meat Market" sounds like a blast. Director Brian Clement obviously loves horror and exploitation cinema, and tries to throw in every ounce of love of these movies into his debut feature. That's fine and all, and the make up and gore effects aren't bad either-but the movie itself is dreadful.

Why? Well for one thing, this is one of my least favorite types of horror film-the Shot on Camcorder/Super 8 Zombie Movie. That means you are going to get abysmal acting from a pair of amateurs, a really annoying score, poor attempts at humor (not even the washed up Luchador is as funny as the director seems to think), scenes that lift whole sale from other, far superior horror movies (in this case, the films of George Romero, Lucio Fulci and Jean Rollin are among the victims of cinematic plagiarism) and a lack of genuine film making skill (though I'm probably being a bit harsh there-this was the director's first movie.) In short, it's essentially the equivalent of watching a guy and his friends goofing off, making home movies.

For all it's ambition and love of horror and exploitation. "Meat Market" just can't escape the fact that it's an awful movie. A shame really, because with a better script and actors, it could have been fun. As it is though, it's a movie best left avoided.


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