87 min., 2006
Written by Jonathan King
Directed by Jonathan King
My rating: ★★★★
Not as ba-a-a-a-a-d as you might think. (Yes, I know that was terrible)
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We begin with a father (Matthew Chamberlain) and his two sons, Angus (Peter Feeney) and Henry (Nathan Meister), where they work on a sheep farm. Angus decides to play a prank on Henry, but while he is doing this, their father dies. This sparks a fear of sheep in Henry. Years later he returns to sell his part of the land to his brother. While that’s going on we have two hippies, Grant (Oliver Driver) and Experience (Danielle Mason) trying to save the world. How do they save the world? By Grant stealing a container that’s supposed to be thrown away. They get chased; well Grant gets chased because Experience decides to “hide” instead of running. Grant falls, the canister breaks, and the cute/demented thing inside takes a bite out of him. This leads to him mutating into a giant human sheep. Yep, you heard that right, Giant Human Sheep! Hell Yeah!
The acting is just great. Everyone plays their parts perfectly, making even the most unbelievable characters completely believable. From the always-annoying hippies to the man that is really in love with sheep (well at least one sheep), everyone is just awesome.
The effects are another place where the movie shines. The “baby” sheep that starts the infection process looks silly, but it also seems to look the way I would think it should. The transformation from human to the Sheuman (yep, just made that up), is great and harks back to An American Werewolf In London. Even the slow changes are done well, extremely subtle at first and then a whole foot being turned into a hoof, just awesome.
This movie is just so much fun. Now the premise sounds like it just shouldn’t work, but it totally does, and boy is it a blast. The gore mixed with the comedy is done extremely well and neither overpowers the other, showing some great balance that rarely appears in most horror movies. Even the silly ending fits. This is a movie you should watch if you have had a bad day and want some scares and some laughs.Have You Read...?