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Director:
Writers:
Philip Brophy (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
28 October 1994 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
The first phase is hallucinogenic... the second phase is glandular... and the third phase is... BODY MELT
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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:
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 hair stylist
Paul Pattison .... additional 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
 
Stunts
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
 
Thanks
Lynn Gailey .... thanks
Ian Pringle .... thanks
 

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81 min
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Certification:
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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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture.See more »
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spokeswoman:[first lines - commercial spot] In today's fast-moving world with its fast-moving lifestyles, you owe your body all the nourishment, energy, and sensational pleasure it deserves. Vimuvial, state of the art in health and leisure centers. Vimuvial will provide your whole family with health and leisure programs that will turn your annual holiday into an unforgettable revitalization of your well being. Come and find out what it's all about at Vimuvial.See more »
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The first stage is hallucination..., 2 June 2013
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

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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