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An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.
A delirious mix of broad comedy and wall-to-wall splatter, the New Zealand feature Black Sheep makes a convincing case for sheep as the new modern horror icon. These sheep aren't the garden variety grass eaters, however; they're genetically altered sheep who develop a ravenous hunger for human flesh after an experimental fetus is accidentally unleashed on a sprawling ranch by a hapless environmentalist (Kiwi actor and broadcaster Oliver Driver). And to make matters worse, those bitten by the monster sheep transform into monstrous "were-sheep" (spectacularly absurd creations by the Weta Workshop). The resulting clash between man and sheep is soaked in gore, of course, but the violence is taken to such outlandish extremes that only the easily nauseated or terminally grumpy will find it offensive. Writer/director Jonathan King's debut feature juggles the gore and the gags (many of which gleefully tread the lowbrow path) with skill thanks to an energetic cast, especially Nathan Meister as the sheep-phobic hero and Danielle Mason as an animal rights crusader who discovers her inner carnivore. The unrated DVD includes commentary by King and Meister, a 30-minute making-of featurette which includes an interview with Richard Taylor of Weta on the film's elaborate creatures, a smattering of deleted scenes, blooper reel, and a half-minute visual joke titled "Early Morning" that was shot especially for the DVD release. -- Paul Gaita
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You may very well ask how this came about. Two dimwitted environmental activists steal a canister containing a mutant lamb. In their escape attempt, the canister is dropped and the killer lamb is released, free to chow down on an activist named Grant (Oliver Driver). Meanwhile, back on the farm, ovinophobic Henry (Nathan Meister) is selling his half of the farm to his EVIL older brother Angus (Peter Feeney), the cretin behind the sheep experimentation. It isn't long before all hell breaks loose as all the sheep become infected and hungry for humans. And it's a mighty big flock. And the farm is ginormous. And there's really nowhere safe to hide...............
I love horror movies in general. Love horror movies featuring rampaging animals out to kill everyone in their path. This one meets both those needs and trumps it with a lot of macabre humor. If you like horror movies that are slightly twisted, try this one. It's a hoot and a half.
scientists in a rural area are trying to mutate sheep into eating meat. One of the compatriots of the scientists is a farmer who wants total control of the farm, instead of sharing it with his brother.
This leads him to trust the scientists who are mutating the sheep even when the cost is loss of tourists and their lives. When the sheep bite someone though, the effect is it turns the person who was bit into a sheep unless given an antidote produced by one of the doctors. Then the person stays normal. The funniest scenes are, when the old lady's haggis gets eaten by a hungry sheep and when Henry has to shoot at a sheep that hijacked their truck and him and his two friends have to jump off the cab before the truck plummets off a cliff into a ravine with the sheep still driving it. Non stop hijinks kept me guessing so I'm impressed overall. I don't recall this movie being in theatres in the United States so I will probably try to learn more about where it was filmed and distributed. In the end, the trio that jumped off the truck cab are shown dosing vaccines and preparing them so maybe they can save the city from being quarantined. The man with the gun who was bit, had enough vaccine that he returned to normal enough to be able to administer the shot. Jonathan King is the writer and director, I will be sure to find more of his releases if they are outstanding like this one, he has me hooked now lol. Recommend.
I'm so grateful they cut away on the man and his sheep scene; I really didn't need to see that, the next scene when the brother walked in said it all and gave me a good chuckle.
For those of us that like the gore mixed with humor, this one covers all the bases, and I love a movie where the bad guys and girls get their come unpins.
I'm surprised this film hasn't been better promoted, it's a gem and I see it being a top seller once the word gets out.
This one is worth buying and adding to your collections.