Black Sheep

2006

Black Sheep

Critics Consensus

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.

71%

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Total Count: 93

53%

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A fluke of genetic engineering turns New Zealand's chief farm animal into a scourge of bloodthirsty killers in this comedy horror by Jonathan King. Glenholden Station has been a family owned farm for years, but in the hands of a new owner, the shepherding methods of old are being replaced with cutting edge technology. Building a better sheep through science sounds like a fine idea--that is, until it all goes horribly wrong and the most common four footed animal in New Zealand becomes a national terror.

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Critic Reviews for Black Sheep

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (29)

  • This woolly mix of hilarity and horror works best when played for baaad laughs. One thing is sure - it will put you off doner kebabs for life.

    Oct 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

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

    Oct 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The performances may be uneven, but the flawed characters are believable, the sheep surprisingly scary and the animal antics often laugh-out-loud funny.

    Oct 10, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Black Sheep

  • Sep 25, 2018
    Caught this film on my day off, not quite the guilty fun film I was looking for, but it had its moments. The fun was the cast who give the concept everything, its the banter that I enjoyed throughout. The film fails when it attempts to ramp up the action for the horror crowd, the jagged tone shifts don't suit and you are left with some very out there moments. People turn into sheep and turn back from humanoid sheep to humans, it is one very crazy film. I wanted to find something here, much like Dog Soldiers by Neil Marshal, that was a comedy/horror concept that paid off. The film was a success so it must have its fans but for a once off watch, it wasn't the worst high concept horror film out there. 25/09/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    Black Sheep is basically a B-movie zombie movie with sheep instead of zombies, And while that doesn't sound like its going to be very good it actually isn't that bad, With its humour that works 90% of the time and its very gruesome and gory kills it's pretty fun, Then it gets very weird and abit too silly at times and didn't work for me but it's still pretty good, And I can guarantee you haven't seen anything like this before.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Jonathan King made his directorial debut in 2006 with Horror/Comedy Black Sheep in New Zealand, a film about genetically altered sheep in New Zealand (which out number people 10 to 1) that go rogue and start hunting down their human masters. It features the tagline; "Get ready. For the violence of the lambs.", which is bloody brilliant in my opinion. New Zealand's Weta Workshop, the SFX guys behind King Kong, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Xena, Daybreakers, Distric 9, Avatar, Van Helsing and 30 Days of Night worked on the SFX for Black Sheep too, and you sure as Hell notice it. The effects are out of this world. Who would've thought you could realistically go ahead with a transformation from man to "weresheep"? Watching this, I sort of compared it to to Isolation, because they're basically the same thing, done in completely different ways. (For those of you who have never seen Isolation it's a British film about genetically altered cows that kill their human masters). Where Isolation failed, was in that despite the drama of the situation, I just couldn't take it seriously, Black Sheep doesn't even try. I suppose it's plausible that King came up with the idea before deciding to make it a comedy, and this is just the way it ended up, but it works. Though I find New Zealand accents mildly irritating, the fact that the characters actually have development begs my forgiveness, and I'm more than willing to reciprocate. It's fantastic to have a gore-ridden, uproariously funny film, where the characters are not only believable, but you actually kinda care about them. Sure there's not really anything to it other than absurdist humour, but it's the perfect example of it. Setting is a big deal to me, and though it's not on par with the cinematography of Wolf Creek or Rome, but it's beautiful enough for that one aspect for of it to hold up all on its own. It's yet another of those films I talk about often, where it's great to watch while you're drinking, where it differs though, is that even if you're sober, you'll still enjoy it, albeit, less so. Almost everything about it is good, but it's important to note, that if you think about any single thing in the movie on its own, you could think of another film that does it better. It's still very enjoyable, but it wasn't all together cohesive and seemed to throw away on a whim a lot of the potential that it had. For a first film though, a lot of congratulations are in order for Mr. King. -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2013
    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 zombiefied monster sheep, plus the blood and 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.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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