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Black Sheep
  Release Date: 06/22/07

Starring: Oliver Driver, Peter Feeney, Tammy Davis, Danielle Mason, Nathan Meister

Director: Jonathan King

Rating: (NR)
  Running Time
  87 min
  IFC First Take
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The concept—sharp-toothed, murderous sheep run amok, and the only person who can stop them is severely afraid of sheep—pretty much says it all. Jonathan King's campy send-up of/homage to monster horror flicks is a predictably hit-and-miss affair (for every good gag, there are about five painfully obvious ones), but at its best, it's absurdly, magnificently gruesome.

Terrified of sheep and dosed up on therapy, Henry Oldfield returns to his family's farm to sell out to his older brother Angus (Peter Feeney), unaware that something baaaad 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. Along with farmhand Tucker and greenie girl Experience, Henry finds himself stranded deep on the farm as his worst nightmare comes to life. Battling their way to safety the intrepid trio discover there's worse to come: one bite from an infected sheep seems to have alarming effect on those bitten .With Angus acting suspiciously sheepish, a delegation of international investors gathering at the homestead and a ravenous flock descending from the hills, Henry must find the farmer within to wrest control of the farm from his monstrous brother, defeat an ovine invasion and save New Zealand's pastures green.