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Daft brilliance despite some minor faults,
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This review is from: Black Sheep  [DVD] (DVD)
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.