In 2020, it was estimated that the sheep to human ratio in New Zealand was 6:1; meaning the livestock outnumber the humans on the island! Though they look far from intimidating that is quite the advantage they’d have on the Kiwis if they ever decided enough is enough and declared war on humanity. Wonder what that would look like?
Well wonder no more! Thanks to Jonathan King we have 2006’s Black Sheep that puts the ‘baa’ in ‘baad’ as he tells the story of two brothers, Henry (Meister) and Angus (Feeny), who grew up together on their families sheep farm with their friend and farmhand, Tucker (Davis). 15 years ago, Henry and Angus’ father had a terrible accident and fell to his death over a cliff on their property. Angus, being the tortuous older brother, played a horrific prank on Henry as he donned the freshly skinned fleece of a sheep he killed, scarring Henry for life. After their Dad’s death, Henry left and developed a paralyzing fear of sheep. This would seem silly enough were it not for the fact I stated earlier and that sheep are damn near everywhere! Henry has come back to reconcile with his brother and face his fears, his therapist said it would be good for him, and Angus tells him that he will be selling the family farm and land to some very wealthy Japanese investors. What he doesn’t tell Henry directly is that he has been working with Dr. Rush (Wright) to engineer the perfect sheep and even dabbled in a little interspecies aardvarkin’ if you know what I mean and I think you do. Nothing to worry about though, it’s not like some bumbling hippie animal activist douche trying to impress a girl will steal a genetically modified lamb that will escape and set in motion an eventual sheep-ocalypse, right? That’s exactly what happens when Grant (Driver) and Experience (Mason) come up on Angus’ lab and take a canister containing said lamb as the evidence they need to take these evil bastards down and save the sheep! Except Grant trips in his attempt to escape, freeing the lamb, and getting bitten on the ear for his troubles. What happens next is literally Henry’s worst nightmare as the lamb bites one of the sheep which slowly spreads among the flock and creates an army of ravenous killer sheep!
If you want to see a man punch a sheep, a sheep driving a truck, hear gratuitous sheep farts (that are integral in the explosive finale so it’s not all hot air), and a Man-Sheep (weresheep?) transformation scene paying homage to American Werewolf then watch Black Sheep! Leaning heavy on practical effects and puppetry to bring the killer sheep to life, this movie definitely took its cues from Peter Jackson’s “Naughty Films” like Bad Taste and Dead Alive to craft a bonkers blood baath…sorry, I couldn’t help myself.