Movie: "Black Sheep"
Year: 2006
Rated: R
Genre: Horror
Directed by: Jonathan King
Writing credits: Jonathan King

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 10/22/2008

Plot: The horrors of genetic experimentation are revealed in this dark comedy film about mutant killer sheep.

Review: Black Sheep is a film that tries to carry the horror-comedy torch that Peter Jackson left behind for New Zealand filmmakers. And at first glance, it definitely seems to have all the right things going for it. I remember watching the trailer for Black Sheep and being absolutely convinced that it would be one of the greatest things to happen to the horror genre in ages. Unfortunately, even with the hilarious plot involving killer sheep, it didn't quite live up to those lofty expectations.

The film is chock full o' toilet humor, which I have no problem with and often enjoy, but it's not handled as well as it could've been. Sure, the first time you see a sheep fart, it brings out some genuine chuckles... but after a while, pretty much every humorous injection in the film feels extremely forced and falls flat. Writer/Director Jonathan King doesn't seem to know when to rein it in, and that's why much of the gags in the film seem like overkill. It's a perfect example of how some people can beat a single joke to death. But hey, if you like countless puns about fornicating with sheep, then this is definitely the movie for you!

One of the biggest pluses the film has going for it is the lack of CGI. If you're a fan of animatronics and puppets, then you'll surely appreciate what the Weta Workshop created for Black Sheep. The sheep monster transformation is a particularly noteworthy sequence and it's a testament to why Hollywood shouldn't always resort to CGI. There are some effects that computers simply can't pull off anywhere nearly as well as some finely crafted animatronics. And if nothing else, this is your best chance to see hordes of sheep feasting upon the entrails of their human victims.

When it comes to gut-busting horror comedies from New Zealand, you should definitely stick with Peter Jackson's classics such as "Dead Alive" and "Bad Taste". That being said, if you're looking for some mindless blood-soaked entertainment with a few cheap laughs scattered over 90 minutes, you could do a lot worse than renting Black Sheep. Just don't expect to be laughing for the duration of the film.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Oct 22nd, 2008, 06:07 AM
This was an old-school cheesefest, more lame than fun. But while we're on the subject - although it's not a horror film, Jackson's "Meet the Feebles" is a masterpiece of NZ cinema.
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Oct 22nd, 2008, 03:21 PM
Originally Posted by Purple Man View Post
This was an old-school cheesefest, more lame than fun. But while we're on the subject - although it's not a horror film, Jackson's "Meet the Feebles" is a masterpiece of NZ cinema.
As someone who finds that movie to be Jackson's best work to date, I salute you sir ^_^

Anyway, I've been interested in Black Sheep for a while. I keep hearing it's not as funny as it should be, but I'll still give it a look for the gore (and I love it when filmmakers go with puppets and animatronics over CGI, makes it all seem so much more real).
Oct 22nd, 2008, 04:51 PM
When I'm told that now we are being overrun by sheep, I believe that this has gone way too far.
Oct 22nd, 2008, 11:43 PM
tommy boy was funnier
Oct 23rd, 2008, 10:05 AM
Fornicating with sheep joke.
Oct 23rd, 2008, 01:10 PM
I absolutely loved it.
It was everything I expected it to be and wanted it to be.
Oct 24th, 2008, 05:53 PM
I really didn't like it.