Tuesday, October 19, 2010

#74. Black Sheep (2006)

DVD Synopsis: Black Sheep is a gruesomely twisted horror/comedy about mutant flesh-eating sheep run amok in rural New Zealand. When sheep-aphobic Henry returns to sell his share of the family farm, he finds his brother has been genetically altering the animals. The resulting monsters go on a murderous rampage, and it's up to Henry to stop them. With frighteningly grotesque effects courtesy of Peter Jackson's WETA workshop, Black Sheep is a frenzy of severed limbs and manic mutton definitely "not for the weak of stomach" (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News).

Black Sheep is about killer sheep.  Yes…killer sheep!  And as amazing as that sounds, it’s not the most incredible thing about this movie.  No, the most incredible thing about Black Sheep is that it actually makes you fear the sheep!  

The blood runs by the bucketful when these normally docile creatures turn on the inhabitants of s small farming community, bringing about enough carnage and mayhem to satisfy even the most fickle gore-crazed horror fan.  Of course, it’s all a bit silly (sometimes too much so for its own good.  When your film is about killer sheep, do you really need to throw cheesy comedy into the mix?  I'm thinking the whole ‘killer sheep’ angle is comedy enough), but that doesn’t make it any less stomach-churning.  

Watch Black Sheep and I guarantee you’ll never look at those roadside petting zoos in quite the same way again.

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Kiarna said...

Saw it the other night, I thought it was hilarious! I just can't find sheep scary though, they are too cute. Thought the were-sheep was a bit annoying but it was a good break from the usual horror films you see nowadays :)

Dave Becker said...

@Kiarna: BLACK SHEEP works as a comedy (and I guess I found it more effective than you did as a horror film, as well. That scene where dozens of them are trying to break through that fence would have scared the hell out of me had I been there). I agree: the "Were-Sheep" was a bit of a stretch, but fortunately, it didn't detract much from the finished film.

Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment!

Juan Esparza said...

Judging from the amount of people who always cite "Shaun of the Dead" and "Zombieland" as the greatest examples of horror comedy, not many people have seen "Black Sheep". It's a shame really, because I think this movie belongs on the same pedestal as "Shaun of the Dead". It's not better or even as good as that movie, but it's damn good and damn funny.