Black Sheep

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Time Out says

Posted: Mon Oct 8 2007

A treat for horror-comedy fans, Kiwi filmmaker Jonathan King’s ‘mutant killer sheep’ movie is as lively as a spring lamb, as bloody as a bucketful of offal, and as tongue-in-cheek comic as its original poster tagline promised: ‘There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand… and they’re pissed off!’ With affectionate nods to Peter Jackson’s early splatter comedies, ‘Bad Taste’ and ‘Braindead’, it cuts right to the funny bone. Blending gags and gore can be tricky, but King maintains a perfect balance between sheep-shagging silliness and character-based comedy.

Sheep-phobic Henry Oldfield (Nathan Meister) returns to the family farm to claim a buy-out payment from his older brother, Angus (Peter Feeney), a dyed-in-the-wool sheep-fancier who takes a hands-on approach to the engineering of a new super-breed. But before Henry can flee, a pair of animal rights activists, Experience (Danielle Mason) and Grant (Oliver Driver), unleash mayhem. Their accidental release of a mutated sheep foetus transforms the entire herd from cuddly to cannibalistic. With the help of farmhand Tucker (Tammie Davis) and repentant eco-warrior Experience, Henry fights a rearguard action. But he hasn’t reckoned with the mutant strain jumping the species barrier, changing bitten humans into flesh-craving weresheep.

Knowing without being geeky, bloody without being nasty, ‘Black Sheep’ is one of the few films one would dare mention in the same sentence as the touchstone of all horror comedy, ‘An American Werewolf in London’. The performances may be uneven, but the flawed characters are believable, the sheep surprisingly scary and the animal antics often laugh-out-loud funny.

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bianca

i loved the film as i live on a farm nd have lots of sheepwhen the i 1s when out 2 feed my lambs i sadi 2 my mum they wil eat me lol best scary funny film ever xxx

bianca

i loved the film as i live on a farm nd have lots of sheepwhen the i 1s when out 2 feed my lambs i sadi 2 my mum they wil eat me lol best scary funny film ever xxx

david

This was a funny, gory, and entertaining movie -- plenty of laughs! The premise delivers just what I expected. The were-sheeps were both frightening AND hilarious!

david

This was a funny, gory, and entertaining movie -- plenty of laughs! The premise delivers just what I expected. The were-sheeps were both frightening AND hilarious!

Daniel Sinclair

I don't think thi was a good film, the beginnings was boring and puts you of it to begin with as nbothing happens,they ending was rubbish, methane and fire wasn't really funny, and the end effect was also a downer, the only think i will agree with was the goar it was used to great effect and somethings in the film were funny, other jokes just ruined it andspoilt the film for me.

Matt

No brainer, gory for the sake of it and so so poorly acted! If u fancy seeing something as u hav nothing else to watch, it will keep you talking for a while, (just not for the right reasons!)

Gordon

My dad downloaded it and asked me to watch it. i just couldnt sit through it all, this movie is the worst thing since severance, do not waste your money on this thing cause the film makers really dont deserve it.

loathefilm

i like many others who criticise have not seen this film yet but i am going tonight,and i am going to enjoy it good or bad!

loathefilm

i like many others who criticise have not seen this film yet but i am going tonight,and i am going to enjoy it good or bad!

ed roberts

i was praying that this film wouldn't make it to our shores... I saw it when it was released in it's native NEW ZEALAND back in March this year.... Awful film... pretty good effects... not funny, low down, lazy and looking to be the next Peter Jackson... I echo the other reviewers.. waste of time and money... the worst film from NEW ZEALAND ever to have been granted a UK release... and this includes SMASH PALACE.... hahaha.

Sanderson:Haagen Daas.

2 words to describe this film is marsupial king. I specially enjoyed Lesleys speech on how to kill a kangaroo. I left the theatre feeling uplifted and large like a melon. Unfortunately, one armed wallabe mauled my only relative at the tender age of 5... this film really hit home, where my mother is buried. Painful blow but I can deal.

Sanderson:Haagen Daas.

2 words to describe this film is marsupial king. I specially enjoyed Lesleys speech on how to kill a kangaroo. I left the theatre feeling uplifted and large like a melon. Unfortunately, one armed wallabe mauled my only relative at the tender age of 5... this film really hit home, where my mother is buried. Painful blow but I can deal.

James

This film is drivel. The last film I saw that was this bad was Garfield... and I'm left asking myself the same question as when I watched that - why did I listen to the morons that told me this was any good?

ELIOT

This Film is a complete mockery of the farming nation and should be banned so that farmers like me can live to farm another day. Please dont view this film its sheep porn.

Joel

This film is unbelievably stupid and really not very funny. A complete waste of my money and my time.

sheep boy

The last review is stoopid! How can you review a film you haven't seen??? Who would make a child called Rebekah???