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New Zealand 2006
Philippa Campbell for Escapade Pictures, Singlet Films, New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand on Air, Daesung Group
directed by Jonathan King
starring Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason, Tammy Davis, Oliver Driver, tandi Wright, Matthew Chamberlain, Nick Fenton, Sam Clarke, Eli Kent, Nick Blake, Glenis Levestam, Richard Chapman, Louis Sutherland, Ian Harcourt, James Ashcroft, Mick Rose, Kevin McTurk
written by Jonathan King, music by Victoria Kelly, special effects by Weta Workshop
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Henry (Nathan Meister) returns to his parental home, a sheepfarm, after
10 years, but only because he wants to sell his shares in the place to his
brother Angus (Peter Feeney), because he's terribly afraid of sheep. Thing
is, in the meantime Angus has set up a lab on the premises to mutate
better sheep, and the latest development are carnivorous sheep, and one
such carnivour escapes and affects all the other sheeps (tens of thousands
of them) as well, and everybody who's bitten by the sheep but not killed
likewise turns into a carnivorous sheep ... and suddenly, Henry finds
himself on the run from hordes of sheep with enviromental activist
Experience (Danielle Mason), and the more they run, the more desperate
their situation gets, especially when they try to confront Angus witht he
truth, but he only wants to have them killed and save the sheep. In the
finale though, Angus himself turns into a sheep and is only mowed down by
a propeller-driven byplane, before all the carnivorous sheep are blown up
when Henry ignites the methane gas contained in their farts ...
sheep are of course an inspired choice of monsters for a horror comedy,
and sheep in gore scenes look just too hilarious to not like the film.
Unfortunately though, Black Sheep is pretty much a one-gag film,
and once you got the joke about the killer sheep, there is little else
quite as hilarious (though there are a few isolated funny scenes), and the
finale, despite a transformation scene reminiscent of The
Wolf Man and Howling
alike and a sheep mowed down by an airplane's propeller, is essentially
just more of the same.
That all said, Black Sheep of course is no
masterpiece, but it makes a good party movie nevertheless - and that's
better than nothing at least.