Black Sheep

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • UPC: 796019805704
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:23:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,894

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
Matthew Chamberlain
Jono Manks
Kevin McTurk
Mickey Rose
Mick Rose
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, 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Black Sheep
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   Scene Selection
   Captions and Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      Captions and Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      View the Film With Commentary by Writer/Director Johnathan King & Leading Actor Nathan Meister: On
      View the Film With Commentary by Writer/Director Johnathan King & Leading Actor Nathan Meister: Off
      The Making of Black Sheep
      Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
         View With Commentary by Writer/Director Johnathan King & Leading Actor Nathan Meister: On
         View With Commentary by Writer/Director Johnathan King & Leading Actor Nathan Meister: Off
         Play All
         Tucker Meets Henry
         Angus Introduction
         Experience Explains
         The Car Pulls Up
         Mike Rises
      "Early Morning," a Surprise Scene Shot Exclusively for DVD
      Blooper Reel
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This one is worth seeing

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not for the Kiddies

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you have to see this one!

    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.

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