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Black Sheep (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 27

With an outrageous premise played completely straight, Black Sheep is a violent, grotesque, and very funny movie that takes B-movie lunacy to a delirious extreme.

64

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 9

With an outrageous premise played completely straight, Black Sheep is a violent, grotesque, and very funny movie that takes B-movie lunacy to a delirious extreme.

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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

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Horror, Comedy

Jonathan King

Oct 9, 2007

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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (27) | DVD (17)

The performances may be uneven, but the flawed characters are believable, the sheep surprisingly scary and the animal antics often laugh-out-loud funny.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This lurid lunacy from New Zealand is a horror-humor cross-breed of animal lore and giddy gore.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Anyone lacking a taste for red meat will likely say bah to the one-joke juiciness of Black Sheep, but ovine enthusiasts will be licking their chops.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Stunning vistas of New Zealand's rolling countryside aren't enough to carry this lame 2006 horror spoof about a lab experiment gone awry.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The most gruesomely satisfying spectacle for hard-core environmentalists would be that of a group of foreign investors in the evil enterprise being gobbled up by a flock of rampaging sheep.

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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...Black Sheep never rises above sensation and splatter, or goes beyond the one thing it does best: It bites.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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Brisk, rambunctious splatter-comedy

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Lush photography of the beautiful New Zealand hills combines with skin ripping mayhem and over-the-top humor to make one of the funniest of the new wave zombie satires yet.

April 6, 2008
Monsters and Critics

It's a lively affair, extremely violent, full of black humour and what might be called shear terror.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Pera ap' to concept toy, kai dyotreis eksarseis stin ekseliksi toy, par' oti fainetai polla yposhomeno to Black Sheep den ehei na dosei kai polla oyte sti splateria oyte stin komodia poy prepei na pantrepsei

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A raucously hysterical romp by some seriously twisted filmmakers.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The farce maintains a rollicking pace and the performances are more accomplished and likeable than a film of this sort generally musters.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Good, camp fun.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Flock to this if ewe want a bloody laugh.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The jokes don't quite stay the course, but writer-director Jonathan King generates far too much goodwill for you to mind.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Once the novelty wears off, we're left with a poorly-made black comedy with plenty of gore but little suspense and even fewer laughs.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Shaun of the Dead has set the bar pretty high for this sort of thing; Black Sheep just isn't nearly as funny or suspenseful.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

If you're in the mood for black comedy - especially if you enjoyed Shaun Of The Dead - this is shear (pun intended) enjoyment.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

There are plenty of decent laughs, but the shadow of the far superior British zombie romcom looms large.

October 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This impeccably filmed comedy horror film echoes An American Werewolf in London and early Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, but it has its own unique energy, and it's a must-see.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (2)
Combustible Celluloid

Enjoyable, frequently hilarious horror comedy, although it's stronger on laughs and gloopy gore effects than it is on actual scares.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

While it's rarely fall-down hilarious, it's witty enough to please horror fans in search of a light-hearted tribute to splatter flicks of old.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Dopey editing, ropey pacing, hokey story structure, scrappy sound, rubbish rubbery gore and acting that would shame a toddlers' nativity play.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't but there's plenty of chuckles and chills along the way as Henry, Tucket and Experience face the threat of a couple of hundred sheep bright-eyed with bloodlust.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Make up your own sheep-related pun - ewe'll love it, mutton to be ashamed of, ram-bunctious etc. If you only see one zombie sheep movie, you won't have a lot of choice, but this certainly delivers all you could wish for.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The only people who are likely to feel hard done by are vegetarians, farmers and those whose stomachs are weaker than their sense of humour.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

Audience Reviews for Black Sheep

In this New Zealand horror thriller, genetically changed sheep go rampage. That shows all trademarks of Peter Jackson's early gore-fests but is not entirely as groundbreaking. While the silliness is intended its often a tad too predictable to be entirely satisfying.
September 20, 2013
ironclad1609

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An immoral farmer using illegal genetic manipulation to create a new strain of sheep gets more than he bargained for when a couple of animal rights activists accidentally release a mutant virus that turns his flock into flesh eating monsters. Black Sheep does exactly what it says on the tin. Taking its cues from zombie and werewolf films, it's a no frills comic horror film that doesn't aim for outright parody or belly laughs, instead relying on the inherent silliness of the idea. As a result I'd hardly call it hilarious, but it does have its funny moments and the film as a whole is surprisingly well done, with the cast playing it admirably straight, some very nice photography and quality effects. Very much in the tradition of countryman Peter Jackson's Bad Taste and Braindead (although a lot more reserved by comparison!) it will also appeal to fans of Sam Raimi's early work and Shaun Of The Dead. I'd like to have seen more of Tandi Wright's amusingly amoral mad scientist, but it's a well made irreverant monster mash that rarely fails to entertain.
July 24, 2013
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Deranged killer man eating sheep, sheep?! there are only two countries in the world where you could imagine this being set, Wales or New Zealand. I will spare you the obligatory sheep shagging jokes despite the fact this film actually uses that crude old low brow country laugh for the backstory of one main character.

So a dodgy sheep owner on a farm is carrying out dodgy genetic experiments on his sheep to turn them into carnivores. Naturally a couple of people steal a mutant lamb to try and expose this but they accidentally release it causing a mass infection of the sheep.

So its pretty much any infectious zombie flick you can think of but replace dead humans with mutated sheep. Sounds insane and it is, but I guess animals of such vast numbers like sheep, cows, chickens, pigs etc...would be perfect for this type of genre. If you think about it they are the most unlikely creatures that humans would be worried about, so there would be the under estimation of danger along with their sheer numbers.

This film is labelled as a horror comedy and has clearly been influenced by 'American Werewolf in London'. The sheep are like 'weresheep', their bite turns people into half sheep half human bipedal freaks that look like weresheep and the blood n gore is through the roof with some great hands on makeup effects. There is even a homage to the classic moment in 'American Werewolf' where 'David' transforms and we see his face n body extending with cracking bones. This is pretty much copied here (mainly the face) and looks just as good I might add.

Not your average horror and not really scary, more of a fun idea (possible homage) showcasing some great makeup effects and good use of some real flocks. What I'm waiting for now is the same thing again but for pigeons in London, seriously it could work.
February 15, 2013
phubbs1

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If your an open minded person, Black Sheep is both clever and ludicrous in equal measure. I had low expectations and I was more than surprised when I discovered this was actually pretty lamb good. It's not sophisticated or as decently constructed as fellow horror movies with the surrealist humour like Shaun of the Dead, mostly because of it's acting and a couple of plot flaws. However, even though it's amatuerly made and lacks the substance of other horror comedies. What makes Black Sheep stand out is it's potential in doing what it wants to do. Which is, in this case, produce belly laughs and terrify with brutal and gruesome gory deaths at the hands of mutant sheep, forgetting about everything else and doing what it wants to do perfectly.
June 6, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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    1. Experience: What's that noise?
    2. Henry Oldfield: Somebody's shearing.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Henry Oldfield: What are you doing in here?
    2. Angus Oldfield: You wouldn't understand.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Henry Oldfield: You fucker!
    2. Angus Oldfield: Actually it was a sperm sample.
    3. Henry Oldfield: You wanker!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Experience: What is wrong with you?
    2. Henry Oldfield: Ovinophobia, my therapist calls it.
    3. Experience: Well, what's that?
    4. Henry Oldfield: Just the completely unfounded and irrational fear that one day *this* is going to happen!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Tucker: What about the sheep?
    2. Henry Oldfield: Fuck the sheep!
    3. Tucker: No time for that bro. Go go go!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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