Body Melt (2003)

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The owner of a posh Australian health clinic uses the residents of a small suburban community named Pebble Court as a test market for some revolutionary new vitamin supplements. Unbeknownst to the locals, the pills have some particularly unpleasant side effects, as illustrated by the messy death of her boyfriend after he discovers the truth and is given a lethal dose. Before long, the locals are beginning to mutate, melt, explode, or turn into deformed psychopathic monsters. As Pebble Court becomes a miniature apocalypse, a pair of detectives plod their way through one bloody massacre after another before finally stumbling onto the diabolical Dr. Carrera (Ian Smith), inventor of the lethal vitamins and numerous other medical disasters. The odd, disjointed and episodic feel of this film is due to the script being assembled out of four separate stories by director/co-writer Philip Brophy. Without a solid framing story or sympathetic lead to give them cohesion (aside from the obvious premise that Carrera's drugs are not particularly healthy), the disparate vignettes fall apart faster than the doctor's victims. That said, there is enough wry humor, frantic pacing and boisterous gore effects to sustain horror audiences' interest for the abbreviated running time. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Vanguard

Cast

Gerard Kennedy
as Det. Sam Phillips
Andrew Daddo
as Johnno
Ian Smith
as Dr. Carrera
William McInnes
as Paul Matthews
Brett Climo
as Brian Rand
Adrian Wright
as Thompson Noble
Lance Anderson
as Patrol Cop #2
Amanda Douge
as Elloise Noble
Graham Dow
as Doctor
Tommy Dysart
as Sergeant
Bill Young
as Willie
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Critic Reviews for Body Melt

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | July 29, 2010
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Full Review… | December 31, 1799
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Body Melt

½

Low budget Aussie horror film load with splattery fun pretty much from the first frame onward. I caught this via Netfux Instant Watch and it made for an amusing evening with friends, which is probably the only way I could imagine re-watching it, as it doesn't have a whole lot going for it aside from the gore and wet effects. Rental?

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant
½

Something along the lines of Bad Taste and Brain Dead, Body Melt wasted it's super tiny budget on repulsive effects but not on much else. There are plenty of humorous bits here and there, completly random moments but it's just a succession of loose threads that are not that interesting to begin with, bringing to surface some rather boring moments and a lackluster conclusion.

Francisco  Godinho
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

"Dumb Films Presents" is right... Vimuville, some supplement with unexplained gross-out side effects, is supplied to many. This film is filth, but not because of the gross-out.. The rather dull, yet still somewhat amusing gross out bits of this film are the strong point... And they're not even good. What's worse? The low budget feel, the characters, the artificial atmosphere, the dialogue, the lack of the plot... You can consider this film the poor man's version of Dead Alive (another film I'm admittedly not to big a fan of). It has the same goofy kind of style, but it is done here much worse. If you like films to be so insanely ridiculous, then this is for you, but it certainly wasn't for me... To me this isn't "It's so bad it's good", it is rather, "It is so bad, it's really bad."

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