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  • Summary: Terrified of sheep and dosed up on therapy, Henry Oldfield (Meister) returns to his family's farm to sell out his older brother Angus (Feeney), unaware that something baaaaad is going on: Angus' reckless genetic engineering program. When a pair of inept environmental activists release aTerrified of sheep and dosed up on therapy, Henry Oldfield (Meister) returns to his family's farm to sell out his older brother Angus (Feeney), unaware that something baaaaad is going on: Angus' reckless genetic engineering program. When a pair of inept environmental activists release a mutant lamb from Angus' laboratory onto the farm, thousands of sheep are turned into bloodthirsty predators. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 78
    It's smart; it's silly; it's – kill me now – shear terror.
  2. It manages the weird feat of making a flock of sheep bounding across a meadow seem vaguely menacing.
  3. 75
    Horror buffs in search of a fresh take on the usual grue should embrace it wholeheartedly.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    70
    Endearingly amusing horror pic.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    70
    The cast, including Tammy Davis as a handyman and Glenis Levestam as a housekeeper with a taste for innards, hits its marks flawlessly, even when the material isn't first-rate. Like "Shaun of the Dead," Black Sheep is at once exhilarating and self-deprecating, knowledgeable without being fannish, clever but not too clever.
  6. 63
    This is a one-joke skit that trots in a straight line, and your enjoyment of it will depend entirely on how many times you need to see gonzo sheep rip out human entrails.
  7. Stunning vistas of New Zealand's rolling countryside aren't enough to carry this lame 2006 horror spoof.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    FRIKIN AWESOME this movie is a gut busting bone smashing sheep shearing hit its sooooooo funny a bit gory though UNDERRATED its veryFRIKIN AWESOME this movie is a gut busting bone smashing sheep shearing hit its sooooooo funny a bit gory though UNDERRATED its very underrated and stuff like somebody said they stopped watching before the ending THE BEST BIT!! :D LOL #FUNNY Expand
  2. RayR
    Dec 5, 2007
    9
    Absurdly funny. A classic horror/gore/comedy. A must see if you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and/or Evil Dead.
  3. Aug 9, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Classic comedy horror, funny, stupid, predictable at times (which makes it even funnier) and it even made me jump a time or two. Excellent one liners, characters and script. If this had been made 30 years before it would be in the hall of fame.

    One of the characters gets bitten by a genetically altered infectious sheep, later he gets an itchy foot and takes his boot off to find a sheep hoof in place of his foot. Brilliant!!
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  4. Nov 24, 2012
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I really enjoyed this twist on the standard 'zombie' genre film. Also, being set in New Zealand, it almost made more sense (no offense intended). When you combine a fear of sheep, genetically altered 'zombie sheep', the classic "those scientists don't know what they're doing" activists, and an outstanding trailer, which includes a scene where the villain (Angus) is standing in a room, sounds of sheep bleeting, his pants apparently down around his ankles, and responding to the question "What are you DOING?" with the excellent response: "You wouldn't understand", the circle is complete. And, either intentionally or accidentally, some scenes paid tribute to other movies. I was reminded of the schoolhouse scene in "The Birds", "The Great Escape," when Charles Bronson freezes in the tunnel. And, of course, the original "Night of the Living Dead." One might also think of "An American Werewolf in London.". The language is quite crude (though, considering what's happening, completely appropriate), and the subtext (which reminds me of "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back", when they're riding with the 'sheep lover') isn't exactly appropriate for the younger crowd. Still, I found this quite fun. Expand
  5. Mar 10, 2013
    7
    Henry returns to the family farm to overcome his fear of sheep after a traumatic childhood incident, but he and several other unlucky visitorsHenry returns to the family farm to overcome his fear of sheep after a traumatic childhood incident, but he and several other unlucky visitors must fight to survive when the genetically-altered flock turns on their masters! The outrageous horror comedy BLACK SHEEP scores big laughs with its absurd stance against biological engineering. No one is safe when writer/director Jonathan King makes the self-righteous environmentalists out to look just as foolish as the careless scientists. With the award-winning WETA Workshop assigned to the film, one can only expect the best out of the special effects department, and they deliver. The sheep look incredibly realistic as they just obliterate everything in their path, tearing off flesh and ripping the guts out of each of their victims in a hilarious display of comic gore that calls back to New Zealand's other famous Horror film, DEAD ALIVE. Unsurprisingly, the characters and plot quickly lose focus when faced with the ridiculous antics occurring on screen. Although the overall silliness does begin to wear by the third act, BLACK SHEEP is still a wildly entertaining film that creature fans are sure to enjoy.

    -Carl Manes
    I Like Horror Movies
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  6. Sep 17, 2010
    6
    Comedy horror from New Zealand about genetically "altered" killer sheep.
    Well it kills an hour & a half.
    It's predictable, silly & gross but
    Comedy horror from New Zealand about genetically "altered" killer sheep.
    Well it kills an hour & a half.
    It's predictable, silly & gross but it never takes itself too seriously.
    Oh & the Were-Sheep are just disturbing.
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  7. MattH
    Dec 24, 2007
    1
    Awful film didn't even wait for the end.

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