Black Sheep

April 19, 2010

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

This is so not the film that you were expecting to see here.  This is not the film with Chris Farley and David Spade, no this is the film with killer genetically engineered sheep that will turn humans into sheep as well.  So crazily absurd and B that it is one of the most entertaining films that I’ve seen.  The gore is simply over the top as is the story.

Imagine living in New Zealand, where the number of sheep is greater then the number of people.  Now imagine that you have a serious sheep phobia because of an unfortunate event in your childhood.  Add into that, you are returning to the country side for the first time in a long time, and you aren’t anywhere near over your fear of sheep.  And then it goes downhill from there as a careless animal rights activist accidentally unleashes a mutant sheep out into the wild which quickly turns the other sheep and then they start attacking humans.  It is limited to one farm, but the farm that you are on.  And you have to try and keep the damsel in distress safe, keep yourself from panicking with all the sheep around, and figure out how to solve this problem before it goes nationwide.  That is the wonderful story of this film.  The only thing that I can’t properly relate to you is the over the top completely and utterly absurd gore of the sheep attacks.

The actors are complete unknowns in this film.  And that doesn’t really hurt this film.  It is like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus or Shark Attack 3: Megalodon.  Who cares who the talent is, this film is so absurdly over the top that if anyone of actual talent was in this film, it would probably ruin it.  The acting is just good enough that it doesn’t bug you with how bad it is and just bad enough that it is perfect for a B movie like this one.

Visually this film is great.  The half man half sheep are done quite well.  The buckets upon buckets of gore that are used are simply hilarious.  This isn’t gross gore because there is so much of it and it is so over the top.  The direction in this film is actually pretty solid.  Johnathan King, first time director and screenwriter on this film, does a very solid job making a B movie.  This was an intentional B movie and a lot of the times movies like that fail.  Even Jennifer’s Body, which wasn’t bad but had a lot larger names attached to it writing wise and acting wise, can’t create the same B movie type of wonder that Johnathan King does with Black Sheep.

This film is definitely not for everyone, but it is for a lot of people.  It is over the top absurd and gross, but if you don’t like blood stay a long ways away from it.  And if you don’t like sheep, this isn’t going to help.  However, this film is simply a riot if you can enjoy everything for its absurdity and is definitely worth checking out if you enjoy other B movies like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Shark Attack 3: Megalodon, or basically anything that Bruce Campbell has been in.

Entertainment Grade: B+

Critical Grade: B-

Overall Grade: B


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