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  • Actors: Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Regina Gaigalas, Vincent Gil
  • Directors: Philip Brophy
  • Writers: Philip Brophy, Rod Bishop
  • Producers: Daniel Scharf, Lars Michalak, Rod Bishop
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NIXMS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,726 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gruesome Australian comedy horror in which a sinister chemical institute tests a new drug on the inhabitants of a quiet suburb. The result is meltdown of the body, skin and internal organs: one man is attacked by his wife's placenta, two teenagers are consumed by a pair of hungry mutants, and a family visit to a health farm does not go at all as planned.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. R. Coupland VINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
If you want to witness - alongside some great gory moments and hilarious satire at the expense of health resorts and dietary fads - Harold Bishop from Neighbours going crazy with a gun and swearing like a trooper, take a look at this little film. It's worth it for that alone, and is an overlooked classic.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Given the right combinations of vitamins/cognitive enhancers, there's no telling what the human body is capable of. Of course, if the formulas of such super vitamins aren't exactly right, you could be in for one bloody mess - and Body Melt is Exhibit A all the way. Some critics see the film as some sort of satire of suburban life, but all I saw was a really weird movie with bad - albeit gross - special effects. It would certainly be possible to impart some kind of actual message into this type of storyline, but I don't think the writers and director of Body Melt set out to do anything like that. I don't even think the movie is all that gross, but that's partly due to the fact that the special effects are so unrealistic.

Let the opening of the film be a lesson to you. If you're planning on flooding the pharmaceutical market with a potentially dangerous, inadequately tested super vitamin and one of your scientists sees what is happening and sets out to reveal your dirty little secret, just chop his head off or something. Obviously, you have to kill the guy, so don't take any chances of him living long enough to drop a few clues pointing back at you. Our would-be hero doesn't actually succeed at warning anyone in Homesville that the free vitamin samples they are about to receive are dangerous, but his actions do point a finger of suspicion toward Vimuville when residents of Homesville start dying in exceedingly unnatural, disgustingly painful ways.

Obviously, given the title, you can expect to see some bodies melting in this film, but that's not even the half of it. You also have certain body parts basically exploding, nasal congestion of the most disgusting kind, projectile vomiting all over the place, and a pregnancy that goes very, very wrong.
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
Body Melt is an `Ozploitation' flick about an evil old company who gives experimental drugs to a community and ends up getting more than they bargained for.

If you watched Neighbours in the early nineties, you may enjoy playing `Spot the Neighbours star' as a handful crop up. It's certainly fun to see Ian Smith (better known to us as Harold Bishop) in a slightly more nasty role than a tubby loveable doddery bloke next door.

There's a reasonable amount of gore in Body Melt. The special effects are cheap, but utilised well and are quite inventive - expect varieties of bodily deformities.

However, these effects are not as constant as they might be, leading to large chunks of film with little going for it. Most of the actors are not that great and the characters they play are pretty unlikeable. You may be hard put to it to decide on who the `hero' is, as there's a fair few characters, none of which get enough screen time to really expand their personalities.

Plus the story - what little there is - is a bit all over the place. It's a nice idea, but could have been scripted a bit better and with the use of more professional actors.

It's not the worst film of its kind, but it's certainly not the best either. The nice gore and odd bits of humour are probably enough to make you think you didn't completely waste an hour and a half of your life. Braindead is definitely better though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 6 Feb. 2005
Format: DVD
A little known about gem. get ready to laugh - and laugh hard. This film has it all - extreme gore at certain points, hilarious comic moments (i won't say too much but kangaroo...!!) some actual storyline - though the story isn't necessarily the reason to watch this film - basically if you like slightly surreal, funny and some original death scenes then this film is for you.
fun for all the family... except young children, the elderly and any easily offended or weirded out.
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