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The first phase is hallucinogenic... the second phase is glandular... and the third phase is... BODY MELT
Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new 'Body Drug' that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Gerard Kennedy ... Det. Sam Phillips
Andrew Daddo ... Johnno
Ian Smith ... Dr. Carrera
Regina Gaigalas ... Shaan
Vincent Gil ... Pud
Neil Foley ... Bab

Anthea Davis ... Slab

Matthew Newton ... Bronto
Lesley Baker ... Mack
Amy Grove-Rogers ... Old Woman
Adrian Wright ... Thompson Noble
Jillian Murray ... Angelica Noble

Ben Geurens ... Brandon Noble
Amanda Douge ... Elloise Noble
Brett Climo ... Brian Rand

Lisa McCune ... Cheryl Rand
Nick Polites ... Sal Ciccone
Maurie Annese ... Gino Argento
William McInnes ... Paul Matthews
Suzi Dougherty ... Kate

Bill Young ... Willie
Tommy Dysart ... Sergeant
Stig Wemyss ... Jordan
Matthew Green ... Forensic Cop
Philip Green ... Station Cop
Russell Allan ... Patrol Cop #1
Lance Anderson ... Patrol Cop #2
Robert Simper ... Ryan
Parthena ... Dimitra
Matt McLean ... Beauville
Barry Whitnell ... Boughman
Roberto Micale ... Attendant
Lucinda Cowden ... Andrea
Graham Dow ... Doctor

Tiffany Lamb ... Secretary
Gaby Porras ... Punk
Chris Whitmore ... Punk's Boyfriend
Greg Tingate ... Accountant
Rosemary Margan ... Bag Lady

Dean Measor ... Police Station Visitor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cal Rein ... Police Station Visitor
Maria Kozic ... Melting Shaan (uncredited)

Directed by
Philip Brophy 
Writing credits
Philip Brophy (screenplay) &
Rod Bishop (screenplay)

Philip Brophy (short stories)

Produced by
Rod Bishop .... producer
Lars Michalak .... associate producer
Daniel Scharf .... producer
Original Music by
Philip Brophy 
Cinematography by
Ray Argall 
Film Editing by
Bill Murphy 
Casting by
Gregory Apps 
Production Design by
Maria Kozic 
Art Direction by
Peta Lawson 
Costume Design by
Anna Borghesi 
Makeup Department
Bob McCarron .... makeup supervisor
Bob McCarron .... special makeup effects supervisor
Christine Miller .... hair stylist
Paul Pattison .... additional makeup artist
Paul Pattison .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael Batchelor .... unit manager
Yvonne Collins .... production manager
Kevin Morrison .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rod Bishop .... second unit director
Tony Gilbert .... second assistant director
Euan Keddie .... first assistant director
Andy Pappas .... third assistant director
Art Department
Hamish Appleby .... assistant stand-by props
Graham Blackmore .... stand-by props
Philip Brophy .... storyboard artist
Denise Goudy .... set dresser
Zlatko Kasumovic .... art department runner
Paul Macak .... additional art department assistant
Colin Robertson .... props buyer
Walter Sperl .... construction manager
Sound Department
Philip Brophy .... sound designer
Steve Burgess .... foley artist
Steve Burgess .... sound mixer
Craig Carter .... sound designer
Craig Carter .... sound editor
Daniel Gadd .... assistant sound engineer
Chris Goldsmith .... boom operator
James Harvey .... sound editor
Gerry Long .... foley artist
Steve Murphy .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Stephen Murph)
Paul Pirola .... assistant sound engineer
Phil Stirling .... additional sound recordist
Mark J. Wasiutak .... boom operator (as Mark Wasiutak)
Gary Wilkins .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Peter Armstrong .... special effects
Philip Brophy .... testicles
Jan Crockett .... special effects
Jeff Little .... special effects
Angelo Sahin .... special effects crew
Sonja Smuk .... special effects makeup artist
Peter Stubbs .... special effects
Kevin Turner .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Colin Tyler .... opticals
Russell Allan .... stunts
Brett Anderson .... stunts
Szumai Anderson .... stunts
Wally Dalton .... stunts
Lana Darby .... stunts
Chris Peters .... stunt coordinator
Garth Stone .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kattina Bowell .... focus puller
Stuart Crombie .... key grip
Freddo Dirk .... grip
Mark Dundon .... still photographer
Warik Lawrance .... clapper loader
Jenni Meaney .... camera operator
Ian Phillips .... additional assistant camera
Battista Remati .... best boy
Angelo Sartori .... additional assistant camera
Rory Timoney .... gaffer
Travis Walker .... additional grip
Casting Department
Nick Hamon .... casting assistant (as Nick Harmon)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonard Cossari .... wardrobe attachment
Louise McCarthy .... wardrobe assistant
Rachel Nott .... wardrobe stand-by
Editorial Department
Ian Letcher .... color grader
Jane Usher .... assistant editor
Rowan Wilson .... negative cutter
Music Department
Philip Brophy .... music mixer
Other crew
David Arundell .... accountant
John Bachous .... armorer
Annette Blonski .... script editor
Bernadette Breitkreuz .... production accountant
John Fox .... armorer
Jo Friesan .... production coordinator (as Jo Friesen)
Dean Measor .... voice: Beauville (as Dean Meazer)
Chris Odgers .... location manager
Megan Spencer .... production runner
Oliver Streeton .... title designer
Kristin Voumard .... continuity
Tantau Wallis .... accountant
Lynn Gailey .... thanks
Ian Pringle .... thanks

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81 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | Germany:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 (video premiere) | UK:18 | USA:AO (Film Advisory Board)

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Strikingly original, absurd and wonderfully gory horror comedy ..., 28 October 2014
Author: cafm from Australia

As an Australian reviewer it is gratifying seeing reviewers from other countries express their appreciation for Philip Brophy's little 1993 gore-fest. Brophy is something of a Renaissance Man, wearing many hats from composer and musician to film critic, curator and academic (for those interested in Brophy's scholarly work you might want to check out his website:

BODY MELT cleverly pokes fun at a variety of popular contemporary Australian television dramas (most notably NEIGHBOURS, the long-running prime-time Aussie soap opera well-known to British viewers and set in the neighbourly cul-de-sac of Ramsay Street) and 1970s Aussie police procedurals. Even most of his cast come from Australian television series, such as BLUE HEALERS regulars Lisa McCune and William McInnes and Brett Climo (who starred in A COUNTRY PRACTISE and THE FLYING DOCTORS) and Gerard Kennedy, the face of Crawford Productions 1970s cop show, DIVISION 4. Perhaps best of all is the casting of NEIGHBOURS veteran Ian Smith, who plays Harold Bishop in that long-running TV Soap. Casting Smith as eccentric Dr. Carrera, Brophy provides the actor with a rare opportunity to play against type and Smith inhabits the role with relish.

I was at the wonderful old Valhalla Cinema in Northcote (now the far less interesting Westgarth Cinema) back in 1993 on the night that Brophy premiered BODY MELT to an appreciative Melbourne audience who belly-laughed at the over-the-top comedy and lurid special effects. His depictions of bodies self-destructing and liquefying in various icky and imaginative ways recalled, for me, Brophy's 1988 experimental film, SALT SALIVA SPERM AND SWEAT, in which he explores corporeality and the idea of bodily fluids as a form of social exchange. At the screening, Brophy explained that he incorporated ideas he'd had for shorter films into BODY MELT as side-stories, admitting that while they do not contribute towards a cohesive narrative, they nevertheless fit within the broader thematic concerns of the film. Indeed, I would argue that these moments of suburban Gothic psychedelia and outback redneck cannibalism add to the outlandish comedy and disorienting effect of the film.

It's nice to see people from other countries getting into this film, which deserves a higher rating than 4.3, even if some of the humour is culturally parochial. Thanks to those who took the time to watch and appreciate this overlooked little gem.

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