When a liquor store owner finds a case of "Viper" in his cellar, he decides to sell it to the local hobos at one dollar a bottle, unaware of its true properties. The drinks causes its ... See full summary »
In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage... See full summary »
In the wake of a "dirty bomb" attack, a New York City neighborhood known as "Slime City" has been evacuated, except for the homeless ("displaced refugees"). Four squatters searching for ... See full summary »
Kealan Patrick Burke,
Alex is in love with her best friend, Vicki, her mother has dissapeared and she sets fire to things in her spare time. Vicki comes from an abusive home and wants Alex to run away with her. ... See full summary »
Bob Sanderson is the mild mannered butcher of the small, sleepy town of Burquitlam. His motto is "Pleased to meet you, meat to please you." Bob's life is thrown into turmoil when he decides... See full summary »
Clarence 'Big' Miller,
A delicious, mysterious goo that oozes from the earth is marketed as the newest dessert sensation. But the tasty treat rots more than teeth when zombie-like snackers who only want to consume more of the strange substance at any cost begin infesting the world.
Bill is worried that he is 'different' to his sister and parents. They mix with other 'upper class' people while Bill is more down to earth. Even his girlfriend seems a bit odd. All is ... See full summary »
Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora, whose life has ... See full summary »
This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »
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Musician Philip Brophy's directorial effort "Body Melt" is generally good fun for splatter movie lovers. While it never quite reaches the lunatic heights of Peter Jacksons' "Braindead", it does get fairly twisted and wild. After a strong opening, it then takes its time getting revved up, as it sets up characters and situations. But in the end it does satisfy that segment of the horror crowd that loves them their gory goodness.
It's perceived by some to be a satire - at least, a satire of what we call "clean living" - and it's also seen as subversive for its casting of very familiar faces (to the Australian audience, that is - foreigners such as this Canadian wouldn't automatically get the joke) in a gleefully gruesome horror film. There is the element of dark comedy as well. All in all, "Body Melt" comes up with some delicious gags and is funny enough to sustain itself for a reasonably short running time of 83 minutes.
Gerard Kennedy and Andrew Daddo star as investigating detectives in this tale of a devious chemical company marketing a dietary drug and sending free samples of it to test subjects in the neighbourhood known as Pebbles Court, in the town of Homesville. Not everybody reacts the same to the drug - it takes longer for the effects to kick in for some people - but it always results in bodily decomposition.
The actors - also including Ian Smith as Dr. Carrera, Regina Gaigalas as Shaan, and Vincent Gil (the Nightrider in "Mad Max") - deliver spirited performances, Brophy has a great sense of style, the visuals are delightful, and the music is perfect for the material; in fact, it's downright hilarious at times.
The Australians made lots of great exploitation and genre films over the decades, but not too many quite like this. Fans of early Peter Jackson should find it quite agreeable.
Seven out of 10.
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