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3.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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It's a sunny day in suburbia. Suddenly, a hideously deformed dying man disrupts the peace, crashing his car in the neighborhood of Pebbles Court, the better part of Homesville. He's the victim of the experimental drug Vimuville, marketed as a "dietary supplement", which has apparently malfunctioned. He arrives too late to warn the population of Homesville against trying the pill that was dropped in their mailbox by a respectable pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately, the folks of Homesville are suckers for freebies and they too start deforming, mutating and exploding.
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Product Details

  • Actors: Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Regina Gaigalas, Vincent Gil
  • Directors: Philip Brophy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Scorpion
  • DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCJ12OQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jason Greeno on December 8, 2003
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This is a fun and crazy film. It feels like a Troma flick at times and at others gives you a sort of TCM shudder. There are visions of Dead Alive and quite a lot of Cronenbergian images. At just barely over an hour, this film packs in a lot of craziness. Not scary, but pretty over the top in terms of grossness. I can't get the idea that one inbred chick in the film is a dead ringer for the lead singer of A.F.I. She/he is very scary; actually this scene is the most frightening in the film. Just for this "separated at birth" deal it's worth checking out for yourself. Head on over to you local health farm, get some vitamins, and enjoy the show. A great party film and a must have for those of you that enjoy Reanimator, Dagon, or any other gruefully great movies by Stuart Gordon, Raimi, etc.
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Apparently Austrailian director Brophy wanted to make a film to rival New Zealander Peter Jackson's gorefest, Dead Alive. The outrageous gore and humor are very Jackson-esque in Body Melt. But this film is crazy-100% nuts. It's not as gory as Jackson's film, but it's alot more off the wall. In fact, I'm surprised this film isn't a bigger hit amongst hardcore horror fans. Must not have had very good distribution or promotion, and that's a shame coz this film should be viewed at least once by any horror fan. The gore here doesn't come from flesh eating zombies(which is very reliable subject matter for gore), but from an experimental drug, actually vitamin or vitamin supplement, it's never defined 100%. Some evil, wacky corporation/health club is making this stuff in the hopes of making a totally healthy human being, but the darn stuff just doesn't work right. It basically just makes the body lose all control and rebel against itself. This doesn't stop our corporation from wanted to sell it in the markets though. The Corporation decides to give this stuff a little test run in an unsuspecting small neighborhood. Once our neighborhood has taken it, the trouble starts. Trouble-with a capital T, that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool. Speaking of pool, some of these folks get invited to the health spa(for scientific observation I'm guessing) and meet their ends in particularly gruesome fashion. Most of the(short) film has the police investigating the entire mess and unraveling the conspiracy. I could easily see David Cronenberg doing this film, though it would be alot different. Just imagine if David Cronenberg decided to let his sense of humor take over(fat chance) for one film, and you get a pretty good idea of what Body Melt is like.Read more ›
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I'm a sucker for Australian horror films. They just have that something "extra" that is missing from most American horror films. This one is no different, even though it is basically nothing but a gore comedy with the thinnest of plots. It's a beautiful day in the cul-de-sac of Pebble's Court in the town of Homesville. Everyone is doing their morning thing like jogging, going to work or wise-ass kids telling jokes ("Want to hear a joke?" "Elton John!"). That peacefulness and tranquility will soon be broken and in one of the worst ways possible. You see, Pebble's Court is being used by a pharmaceutical company to test out its newest dietary supplement "Vimuville" and the side effects are killer. A traitorous pharmacy representative drives towards Pebble's Court to tell them what is going on, but by the looks of him, he's not doing very well. Pharmacy executive Shaan (Regina Gaigalas) assures Pebble's Court's doctor, Dr. Carrera (Vincent Gil), who knows all about the trials and is keeping a personal track of Vimuville's progress, that the man will never make it to Pebble's Court and, even if he does, he will be too far gone to say anything. We then see the man stopping at a gas station store and asking the counterman where the detergent is. He then proceeds to drink an entire bottle of dish-washing detergent as his neck begins to split open. He throws the counterman his credit card and drives off, where he is chased by police. The man talks into a mini-recorder, where he says the following things: "Stage 1: Hallucinations Stage 2: Organ Failure Stage 3: Body Melt" before crashing into a van in the cul-de-sac, his body flying through the windshield.Read more ›
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I would like to start by saying this movie is pretty good in a gross/funny sorta way. Much like the Peter Jackson film or even something like Street Trash. I however am docking 1 or even 1.5 stars due to the Katarina Nightmare Theater part and maybe a little toward not trying for any bonus material.

Why? Well, the bonus material is obvious... i guess it is just too much trouble for them to get any interviews or anything this time around. Now as far as the Katarina bit, it isn't so much what she did as she was just fine with her usual skits. My problem was they REMOVED the Katarina's Nightmare Theater intro. If you are going to brand something and make it a continuing brand then you do not usually just drop the opening intro sequence. She is a "Horror Host" playing as if this were a show, so removing the classic theater sequence of her is like if Elvira went and cut her intro out and stopped saying, "Unpleasant Dreams..." at the end. The case has also gotten very flimsy, but still maintains the clear plastic and hasn't got the recycle holes cut in it.

The film itself is very good though if i were to nitpick it for anything it may be that there is little for central character build-up. Most of the characters are introduced and killed, with no one to really feel sympathy toward and that is OK since we want that gore. There is however a lack of central character other than the investigating police and our badies. Even Street Trash had a main character and Dead Alive/Braindead had two. So, the film hurts in that respect and makes it less memorable other than the effects and general over the top characters they did create.

I give the movie 4 to 4.5 stars, but overall i was left upset with lack of bonus content and cutting the intro out which is half the reason i buy these and lowered my enjoyment overall so i am now weary of future releases and drop the rating to 3.
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