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Black Sheep [2007] [DVD]

Nathan Meister , Danielle Mason , Eli Kent    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis, Glenis Levestam
  • Directors: Eli Kent
  • Producers: Victoria Kelly
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZK9T5M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,740 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Viewed objectively, sheep aren't all that scary. They're actually quite cute and fluffy. But Black Sheep achieves the almost impossible by making you believe, at least for 90 minutes, that they could really turn into unstoppable killing machines. When a sheep-phobic ends up back on his family's farm to discuss his father's estate with his tyrannical brother, a pair of bumbling eco-warriors accidentally unleashes his worst nightmare--a flock of mutated sheep, hungry for human flesh.

Pitched perfectly between horror and comedy, Black Sheep fits neatly into the tradition of genre classics like Shaun of the Dead and American Werewolf in London. It's funny without either being cruel or becoming tediously post-modern, scary without being sadistic. New Zealand's rolling green hills make a stunning and rather incongruous backdrop for the bloodbath--and the prosthetics and special effects look fantastic, packing a visceral punch that CGI could never hope to match. Director Jonathan King paces the laughs and scares expertly; there's not a minute wasted in Black Sheep's runtime, and not a minute that isn't ridiculously enjoyable. Who'd have thought zombie sheep could be so much fun? --Sarah Dobbs

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Baaad 13 July 2009
Didn't expect too much going in but was pleasantly surprised.
Looks very good, making good use of the natural New Zealand scenery.
Silly plot, but carried off well by unknown (to me) cast and effects were convincing enough in an american Werewolf kind of way. Not a classic but well worth a look.
Blu-Ray picture and sound is top notch making very good use of 5.1 surround.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not a horror movie. 5 Jun 2009
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Most people that wrote reviews seem to have been disappointed as they expected a serious horror movie. Well, this is not such. It is an absurd, gory black comedy, and a very good one at that. Killing sheep, c'mon, you can't expect that to be serious!! Just let yourself be entertained, don't take the movie or yourselves too seriously.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BAArmy Film 10 April 2008
This film is never going to win awards for fine acting or for having a complex story line. What it is is a good old-fashioned horror comedy where you will laugh at whats happening to the characters rather than the lines they deliver.

It's a refreshing change from the usual Hollywood formula movies and IMHO is the spiritual successor to Bad Taste. Low budget, Low IQ, Lots of silly gore and Lots of laughs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woolly good fun 14 Jun 2008
A great comedy/horror - with superb performances from the main characters, who play their corny lines totally straight. I especially liked Experience, the animal rights activist, and her daft inappropriate comments spouting New Age claptrap ('Pretend you're a tree' etc).
The film lampoons mad scientists, greedy farmers and vegetarian activists equally.
This is no sophisticated Hollywood movie - it's crass and gross in parts, at no stage do we believe that these mutant carnivorous sheep could be real, but we do believe that the characters believe they are, if that makes sense.
The film has a feel of 'Basket Case' about it. If you like that sort of thing - Black Sheep will tickle your fancy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good comedy-horror 10 Aug 2009
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I bought this over a year ago when the price had come and quite enjoyed it and was in the mood for a piece of daftness so I watched it again. The question is: should you bother to see it all?

Well there are: naive environmentalists, evil genetic experimenting scientists, a wicked farmer, sibling rivalry, (wait for it, I'm getting to the good stuff -now) carnivorous sheep, hungry sheep foetuses, mutant and mutating man-sheep (think wolfman without the fangs), the tender love between a man and a sheep (tastefully done), severed body parts by the bucket load, and all the entrails you can eat, plus a sheep-o-phobic hero.

The only problem is that no matter how much gore you fling at the audience, killer sheep just aren't scary and neither are the human-into-sheep hybrids. So: funny, yes; gory, yes; scary, no. But it is a lot of fun.

And watch out for the very funny gag at the end which immediately follows a sheep-dip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daft brilliance despite some minor faults 9 May 2010
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Animal rampages are nothing new to the horror genre. You may have seen dogs going mad before, in Cujo or Man's Best Friend. James Herbert wrote the all-too-plausible story of rats causing horror and havoc in London. We've even had seemingly innocent birds turning on us, thanks to Du Maurier and Hitchcock.
You'd never think these dim, fluffy animals with blunt teeth and no claws could become flesh-eating terrors, but this film begs to differ. A young New Zealander arrives back at his family farm after many years, to find his brother has perverted his family dream into a nightmare of genetic manipulation and profiteering. But that's about to come back and (literally) bite the corporate slimeball when two well-meaning eco-warriors try to steal evidence of his genetic tampering. A mutant sheep foetus gets loose and starts spreading malignant DNA through the local flocks, which turns the sheep into powerful, insatiable carnivores! But if you survive one of the sheep's attacks, you're not much better off...
Although this movie starts off a bit slow, and will be too implausible for some, it's excellent light relief for horror fans. It's got the same amusing tones of Shaun of the Dead and recalls Dawn of the Dead in a similar way. It's got tones of The Birds in it too, and even films like Dog Soldiers, thanks to perhaps the world's most unusual lycanthrope! (Vaguely recalls those old Sugar Puffs commercials where children turned into the Honey Monster. ;-) ) Finally, there's a trademark relief ending with an equally trademark worrying twist...
If you liked Shaun of the Dead or Severance, you'll enjoy this too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ovinaphobia in Wairarapa! 16 April 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Black Sheep, written and directed by Jonathan King is a wonderfully kooky horror comedy filmed out of New Zealand. Premise is simple, genetic tampering by unstable farmer man-child type has produced psychotic zombie sheep who like to chow down on human flesh. If you are "lucky" to still be alive after being bitten, you turn into a human/sheep hybrid - who likes to chow down on human flesh! All inhabitants of this island are doomed unless three spunky young heroes in waiting can overcome monumental odds and save the day!

With effects done by Weta being no bad thing, Black Sheep is a whole bunch of popcorn munching fun. Many of the jokes aren't really surprising but they hit the mark because the comedy is drawn nice and broad. It helps as well that much of it carries a sense of mischievous depravity about it, while the snarky asides to scientists and tree hugging environmentalists shows King to have a semblance of world awareness about him. The cinematography (Richard Bluck) is gorgeous, capturing the magnificent landscapes as a backdrop to the ovine carnage, and Victoria Kelly's musical score is jovial supreme.

Nothing earth shattering here, so those horror/comedy fans who venture in for the first time expecting otherwise will be disappointed. However, at under 90 minutes in length King's movie never once sags in pace or gasp for new comedic air. It's a short sharp shocker of a rib tickler and well worthy of a look if in the requisite mood. 7/10
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad MAD film!!
Arrived on time, well packaged - so far so good! Made my whole family watch this and only my Dad and I liked it! Clearly not a film for the female species hehe!
Published 2 months ago by Ben Atkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Delivery was on time. The DVD was in excellent condition. Very good film if you enjoy a good laugh (at the film rather than with it)
Published 4 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror on the Hills
A great horror comedy, if you like the Critters movies you will like this. An experiment in the countryside goes wrong turning the sheep into bloodsucking monsters. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew50
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Didn't expect too much for this kind of film, but was pleasantly surprised.
I especially loved the New Zealand scenery.
Silly plot, but believable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by fiarra
4.0 out of 5 stars glee, gore and gas
A love story, black comedy, horror, sci-fi, such a hodge-podge must have made Jonathan King the writer and director wet his lips in anticipation of such scope for throwing... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barbara. Barron
1.0 out of 5 stars Black Sheep
This is quite possibly one of the worst films i have ever seen quite possibly one of the worst ever made it was even worse than The Gate 2 now that's bad the story was ridiculous... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars a really brilliant film!
I have only watched two films from our southern hemisphere brothers (the other is Whale Rider). If those two are even slight examples of the real brilliance in their film industry... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Noémie
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
so very very very funny. would recommend this to anyone with a dark sense of humour. i saw this at a friends house then had to buy it to show my bf.
Published 11 months ago by samm
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious
this film will ensure that you never look at another flock of woolly jumpers in quite the same way again.
Published 11 months ago by Zeus22
4.0 out of 5 stars Baaaaaa-CHOMP
Get your tongue firmly in your cheek then start watching this film.

A classic B-movie with blood-thirsty sheep and rather thick farm workers and scientists, but it's a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by 5string
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