The plot follows a farmer’s son (Henry) turned city boy who, after a traumatizing experience as a child, is afraid of sheep. Henry meets up with a “meat is murder” hippie named Experience. Together they must escape a flock of rabid sheep after a genetic experiment goes awry.
The concept is simple. Zombie sheep. Not much time is spent on character development, but instead it herds you in a single direction and you just laugh along at the silliness. The New Zealand crew does as well as they can with such a low budget, with gnawing puppet sheep heads or men dressed in baaad sheep costumes.
It works just OK as a horror movie and as a comedy. The movie isn’t scary or creepy, just gory. Zombie sheep tear away limbs and rip at innards, while blood spurts everywhere. Giant man-sheep-zombies bite random animals. But it’s never frightening, just mildly disturbing. (Still better than Hostel II though.) If you liked the Evil Dead series or Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive, then this movie is for you.
The first-time Kiwi director (Jonathan King) squeezes as much hilarity out of the premise as he can. Cutting away to a sheep just standing there was still funny an hour in. I don’t know why. Black Sheep survives based entirely on its shear (sic) stupidity.