Humanity has faced its share of monsters. We've survived alligators, crocodiles, sharks and snakes, but never have we faced such a serious threat: sheep. Yes, those lovable, cuddly, wool-providing livestock can be quite ferocious, especially when they're infected with a radioactive substance that turns them into flesh-loving mutants.
Black Sheep, the B-grade New Zealand horror flick, is about just such a likely attack, as a man and a woman find themselves at the center of a crisis where deadly sheep are unleashed upon the countryside, and one bite from the animals could cause massive mutation.
The movie is exactly what you'd expect, an absurd, outlandish and delightful B-grade monster movie that isn't quite a comedy but certainly doesn't take itself seriously, either. If you like B-grade monster movies, especially ones that know how to make fun of themselves, then you should definitely check out Black Sheep. While not laugh-out-loud funny, the flick is an enjoyable adventure with a little bit of gore (not nearly enough), some likable characters and plenty of blood-thirsty sheep. The movie does take a while to get going, but once it does, it generally moves along at a good pace.
I wouldn't say that Black Sheep is the most remarkable film ever made, but it works more often than not. A few slow parts could have been slimmed down and replaced with some more guts and gore, but fans of the genre should find plenty to appreciate here.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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