Black Sheep

(2006 – New Zealand) writ & dir: Jonathan King; w/ Nathan Meister, Danielle Mason, Peter Feeney. No skin; some gore.

Bloodthirsty killer sheep take over a New Zealand ranch – it’s like a zombie apocalypse, except fuzzier. The only one who can save us now is a young fellow who’s deathly afraid of even normal sheep. This is one horror/comedy that actually succeeds at both its jobs. Okay, a lot of it is predictable and there’s some below-the-belt humor, but generally it’s a great deal of fun and is helped in no small measure by an excellent cast. Add in good fx and rapid pacing, and we get a delightful little flick.

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Sharktopus

(2010) dir: Declan O’Brien; w/ Kerem Bursin, Sara Malakul Lane, Eric Roberts, (cameo for Roger Corman). No skin; a little blood.

The Navy invents a hybrid shark/octopus as their latest secret weapon. Um… okay, that sounds like a government thing. Anyhow, critter escapes, blah, blah, blah, you know the drill. It swims, it growls, it walks, it eats a lot – Mexico gets some tourism shots. The flick does fulfill its formula, although a bit too faithfully. They try (unsuccessfully) to make up for the mediocrity with a high bikini count. Eh, it’s passably fun if you’re desperate for a Critter Flick.

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