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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 5th September 2017
I am now fully recovered from five days of (on-screen) bloodshed at Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 which finished last week. It was my 11th year at the festival presenting for Horror Channel since first cutting my teeth as the Horror Channel host way back in 2007. During this memorable year there was a film that really stood out from the crowd - Black Sheep - which incidentally gets its network premiere on Horror this Friday at 9pm! So I thought I'd scratch my brain cells and tell you a bit about this previous FrightFest hit.
New Zealand is known for a few things - namely Peter Jackson, an abundance of sheep, and Flight of the Conchords - and our Kiwi horror comedy this Friday has two out of the three! With a title such as Black Sheep it's pretty obvious the menace here is provided by murderous mutton, and this being a horror film with oodles of special effects, you can rest assured of the quality, as the team behind the brilliant creature creations is Peter Jackson's very own Weta Workshop; responsible for The Lord of the Rings, The BFG, and Brain Dead, to name just a few.
This hilarious horror follows two brothers, Henry and Angus, who grew up on a sheep farm. Henry left due to a traumatising sheep experience, while Angus continued the family business. When Henry returns 15 years later to sell his share of the farm to his brother, he discovers Angus has been experimenting with sheep genetics; something that backfires in the most shocking of ways. For this new army of genetically engineered sheep have not only been transformed into murderous flesh hungry beasts, but one bite from the mutant mutton will turn you into a horrific sheep-human hybrid, or Were-sheep. With two incompetent environmentalists thrown into the mix who, in a bid to expose the cruel experiments inadvertently catalyse the spread of the infection, this horror clearly likes to poke fun at political correctness.
With an incredibly gross Were-sheep transformation, refreshingly honest humour and the obligatory sheep shagging gags, this is an absolute Friday night popcorn guilty pleasure!
Get ready for the 'violence of the lambs' in the network premiere of Black Sheep, this Friday September 8th at 9.00pm!
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