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First Stage: Hallucinations Second Stage: Organ Failure Third Stage: Body Melt Its a sunny day in suburbia. Suddenly, a hideously deformed, dying man disrupts the peace when he crashes his car into Pebbles Court, the better part of Homesville. Hes the victim if an experimental drug marketed as the dietary supplement Vimuville, which has apparently malfunctioned. He has arrived too late to warn the population of Homesville not to try the pill dropped in their mailbox by a respectable pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately, the folks of Homesville are suckers for freebies and start deforming, mutating, exploding, and otherwise experiencing sudden and very gruesome deaths. A local health spa becomes the nerve center for this horrific outbreak as the film spirals down a catastrophic path that has been compared to John Carpenters 1995 film "In The Mouth of Madness". Full of shocking surprises, imaginative photography, and layered with gore, Body Melt offers horrific entertainment as lustful teenagers. Old ladies, health staff, and respectable families go through the merciless deteriorating torture.
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Happily, it does have a moral. Don't ingest free samples you get in the mail.
Otherwise, it's a small collection of colorful characters reduced to brief gags. Between the gross and messy bits, there's very little to recommend this. It literally drags when it's not making a joke or producing a gut busting event. Definitely hit or miss (inconsistently grotesque at best), they had the right idea, just a poor execution of it. Under the right guidance, this could have been a hoot instead of an audacious muddle.
Close, and yet so far.
Small town folk are given free samples of an experimental dieting drug throw the mail. Once taken, the drug causes each person to have different reaction that ends up fetal!!! I give it four stars only because it's gruesome title fails to deliver more off-the-wall gore as seen in flicks such as 'Dead Alive'. I was hoping that this flick would be as crazy as 'Dead Alive'. But all-in-all, it is very entertaining to watch!
First off, the plot and pace - There is none. Others have covered that pretty well, so I will only add that the disorienting nature of the scenes renders the film with a unique urban nightmarish quality. On top of that fuzz, you have people violently morphing/melting/exploding in various disgusting ways (and colors - eww). They have all taken a super-vitamin tampered with by a greedy corporate head (no really?!), which causes the onslaught of bodily carnage.
Most of the film focuses on a yuppie housing development cul-de-sac where we jump back and forth between the lives of all these people in their houses, feeling nothing for them (hey, you wrote it not me!) until they all disintegrate. At a lean 78 minute runtime, I can't help but thank the filmmakers for giving horror fans what they want in an economical timeframe. To make it all the more sick, the film even boasts it's own theme song - a really crappy early 90's break-beat techo track that is scattered across the film. Crazy I tell you.
Another segment worth mentioning is the random inbred family that has its own retarded subplot, which was probably the most unsettling thing. Has to be seen to be believed. The father inbred was played by the guy who played Knightrider in the opening of Mad Max - makes sense...
Overall, I cannot recommend this slice of early 90's insanity enough. The gore is inspired and highly commendable, the exposition disorienting, and the aftertaste quite filthy. In other words, 5 stars to a season horror buff scrounging the earth for lost gems like this. No extras though unfortunately. Bummer.
Good buy and highly recommended. Looking forward to the next one.
p.s. - Katarina Leigh Water's hosting has gone south big time - her lack of enthusiasm in the material is evident by her "scripts" and made way too obvious to be enjoyed. There is the option to watch the film without, but a more authentic host would be good for the series.