Black Sheep (2007) - Unrated
|Genre(s): Comedy / Horror|
|Dimension Extreme || Unrated - 87 minutes - $24.95 || October 9, 2007|
|Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-10-05|
Writer(s): Jonathan King (written by)
Cast: Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis
Theatrical Release Date: June 22, 2007
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Black Sheep was a film I had no interest in when I first heard the synopsis for it. Killer sheep terrorize a farm in New Zealand? Weird but not particularly fetching. At least not enough to get me to watch it. Then I saw the trailer. Crazy sheep biting people, weird sheep men, Were-sheep! I had to see it.
Black Sheep is the story of Henry and Angus, 2 young boys who grew up on a sheep farm in New Zealand. When the two were younger, their father dies in a horrible accident that somehow involves a sheep. A couple of decades later, Henry grows up hating sheep and everything that has to do with them and Angus grows up and becomes a politician who does NOT hate sheep -- how he actually feels about them now, I won't reveal because it's quite the spoiler but wow... it's pretty sick -- but he, along with a team of scientists are experimenting on them and mutating them. Henry returns to the farm after a few decades and stumbles upon his brother's mad sheep mutating plot through a local animal activist named Experience. The two start getting attacked by evil sheep and soon the entire town is overrun by evil sheep, with a few victims becoming strange werewolfesque, sheepmen. Horror and dark comedy run amok.
Black Sheep is a very interesting concept and unique for a horror film (I mean, how many killer sheep films are there out there currently?) but it's not an especially good movie. The directing is quite good by Jonathan King but it's not a particularly exciting film. Yes, there are some funny and exciting sheep attacks but it wasn't enough for me. The acting is good enough and the FX (done by WETA who did Lord of the Rings) looks surprisingly good and yet still the film is lacking. I felt there was laziness in the writing and development of the script that bogs the whole thing down and prevents it from being as good as I felt it could've been. Black Sheep is entertaining but don't expect a horror classic.
Audio Commentary features writer/director Jonathan King and lead actor Nathan Meister who plays Henry. It's not too bad. King gives us a lot of insight into how specific scenes were shot and why things happen the way they do. Nathan is kind of funny too and seems like he had a lot of fun shooting the film. My only problem with this commentary is there isn't much in the way of how the story or script was developed. It's almost exclusively about the filmmaking techniques and how the scenes were shot. I'd be fine with that if King only directed but since he did that and wrote it, I expected a bit more.
Making of Black Sheep is a 30 minute special that details the making of the film. It's definitely worth a watch as you get to see how all of the sheep fx are done in great detail . I would've preferred to see more variety on the making of and not JUST stuff about the fx and stunts but it's entertaining and informative enough that i didn't care after a bit.
Deleted scenes with optional commentary: King and Meister take us through 6 deleted scenes that total about 3 and half minutes. None of them are particularly noteworthy and are pretty short. In fact, they were so short and inconsequential, i'm wondering why they're even on the disc.
Also included is a blooper reel and "Early Morning" surprise scene, an incredibly short scene that doesn't make a whole lot of sense but a funny visual gag.
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I was surprised how good the video quality was such a small budget film. I noticed there were a couple of scenes where the sun is going down and the film looks a bit grainy on the screen but it wasn't a big deal. Audio was good but unspectacular.
Black Sheep is a very unique but somewhat average horror film that's worth a rental. If you're planning on getting drunk or... other stuff during it with a group of buddies, it's a good time.