Black Sheep

Black Sheep

3.0 5
Director: Jonathan King

Cast: Jonathan King, Nathan Meister, Peter Feeney, Danielle Mason

     
 

A genetic engineering experiment gone horribly awry turns a large flock of docile sheep into unrelenting killing machines in this rural horror comedy directed by Jonathan King and featuring special effects designed by Weta Workshop. When the death of his father and a stress-induced fear of sheep pushes him toward the edge of a nervous…  See more details below

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A genetic engineering experiment gone horribly awry turns a large flock of docile sheep into unrelenting killing machines in this rural horror comedy directed by Jonathan King and featuring special effects designed by Weta Workshop. When the death of his father and a stress-induced fear of sheep pushes him toward the edge of a nervous breakdown, skilled farmer Henry Oldfield leaves the family farm behind in a desperate bid to achieve inner peace. Upon returning to the farm following a 15-year absence, Henry discovers that his brother Angus has been performing genetic experiments on the sheep. Unfortunately for both the brothers and the rest of the humble farmers who make their living off of the land, these experiments have produced a strain of sheep that crave human flesh and will stop at nothing to satisfy their diabolical hunger.

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In the tradition of the classic "chicken or the egg" debate, one wonders what came first: the title for Black Sheep, or the story? It hardly matters, because this film's New Zealand production team got it right, correctly gauging the humor value of watching these normally harmless creatures tear the flesh of their human keepers. Black Sheep is certainly more comedy than horror -- think the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the bunny slaughters King Arthur's knights -- but it's got gruesome enough visual effects to please the Troma crowd as well. What keeps it from becoming a classic horror comedy is that it doesn't quite build on the central concept. Black Sheep is one of those rare films whose appeal is instantly communicated through a one-sentence description, prompting laughter from most of those who hear it. The challenge, then, is to take the movie places that the concept alone can't, and Black Sheep doesn't quite do that. Still, there's much to recommend in a film that also functions as a parody of/homage to zombie and vampire movies, featuring bitten victims who slowly transform into human-sheep hybrids. The fact that the lamb rampage results from a particularly brutal form of animal testing means it's also likely to win fans among People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. At the same time, Jonathan King's film is layered enough to skewer those same people, as a lab sample stolen by self-important guerrilla activists is responsible for the initial outbreak of mayhem. By always keeping its tone light, Black Sheep is never less than a pleasing diversion.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
UPC:
0796019805704
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
29,587

Special Features

Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Blooper reel; Early Morning (surprise scene shot exclusively for DVD); Commentary by writer/director Johnathan King & actor Nathan Meister

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nathan Meister Henry Oldfield
Peter Feeney Angus Oldfield
Danielle Mason Experience
Tammy Davis Tucker
Glenis Levestam Mrs. Mac
Oliver Driver Grant
Tandi Wright Actor
Matthew Chamberlain Actor
Jono Manks Actor
Kevin McTurk Actor
Mick Rose Actor

Technical Credits
Jonathan King Director,Screenwriter
Richard Bluck Cinematographer
Pauline Bowkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Bright Art Director
Philippa Campbell Producer
Victoria Kelly Score Composer
Liz Mullane Casting
Joe Nolan Asst. Director
Chris Plummer Editor
Tim Prebble Sound/Sound Designer
Kim Sinclair Production Designer
Richard Taylor Special Effects Supervisor
Weta Workshop Ltd. Makeup Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Sheep
1. Childhood Trauma [5:24]
2. Baa-ck to the Farm [6:37]
3. Grand Theft GMO [4:56]
4. A Mutant in Sheep's Clothing [5:25]
5. Sheep Attack! [9:49]
6. The Fluffy Swarm [11:47]
7. Subterranean Sheep [6:01]
8. WereGrant [7:22]
9. Paybaa-ck [5:45]
10. Part of the Family [7:27]
11. Bloodbaa-th [11:38]
12. Epilogue/End Credits [4:34]

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Black Sheep 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a funny horror film. If you're one of those who likes to poke fun at scary movies then this one is for you.
ConstantCritic More than 1 year ago
Black Sheep is one of the oddest movies I've ever seen. There are moments when the film seems to spin out of control, with unnecessary gross scenes which do nothing to advance the plot. It is a funny idea and better editing might have saved it. Definitely not for the younger set.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with poster who said this is a must see for people who appreciate movies poking fun at horror flicks. The difference is that this one is done in a smart way. I thought that it was a hysterical, and not to be taken as a serious horror flick. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago