By Sam Reeve
My rating: 9/10
Have you ever spent any time observing sheep? They’ve got more personality than any other livestock. They’re like huge dogs, but way more awkward. They’re also cute as fuck and it looks pretty great when a huge swarm of them come running down a hill towards a bunch of screaming humans. Black Sheep is a horror comedy like no other. Zombie sheep? Yes please! Weresheep? I’ll take that too, thanks.
Fun fact: New Zealand is one of the biggest wool producers in the world.
We have little Henry, a farm boy who loves herding the sheep with his farmer father and living in the idyllic New Zealand countryside. After a terrible prank by his brother Angus, and the ill-timed accidental death of his father, Henry is left scarred for life and terrified of sheep. Fast forward 15 years to his first visit back to the farm since he was a kid. Angus has gone into agricultural science to genetically engineer sheep, but some experiments go horribly wrong. Now the sheep are infected and attacking everyone, all thanks to a do-gooder hippie who stole some infected waste. Can they survive the outbreak? Or will they succumb to their wounds and turn into weresheep?
Black Sheep is one of the best “zombie” movies I’ve ever seen. It’s seriously funny, very bizarre and full of surprises. The sheep are as adorable as they are terrifying, and the gorgeous backdrop of rolling green hills was perfect for this gory comedy.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find this one online, and resorted to torrenting it. I tried my best to upload it to Youtube and VK, but my internet connection kept failing me too. I highly recommend you seek it out. You won’t regret it.
Here’s the trailer. Give it a watch!
By Sam Reeve
Language: English and Swedish
My rating: 8/10
The Swedes haven’t produced many horror movies, but when they do, they do it right. Evil Ed is a horror comedy that pokes fun at the splatter genre (as well as censorship) and doesn’t take things too seriously. It’s funny, cheesy, and wonderfully executed.
Fun fact: despite being filmed in English with Swedish actors, their voices were dubbed over by American actors for comical reasons.
Edward, a meek film cutter who previously enjoyed his work, is transferred to the “splatter and gore” department. The company wants to distribute a series of films called “Loose Limbs” to the European market, but must censor some of the violence. The graphic violence and horror of the movies get to Ed’s head, and he starts having visions and acting stranger each day.
I urge you to watch the film’s opening scene. It’s one of the best things ever and introduces you to Ed’s asshole boss.
Evil Ed is flawless if you like bad movies and have a sense or humour. Plenty of people don’t like it, but they’re butt heads who lack the aforementioned qualities. The dialogue is probably the funniest, and there are some pretty memorable lines. “Where’s my beaver-rape scene!?” will forever be floating around in your head, making you chuckle.
If Army of Darkness if on your list of favourites, you’ll fancy Evil Ed something fierce. You can watch the full movie below on Youtube.
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 8/10
I love horror comedies, but hadn’t yet seen one that included martial arts. Spooky Encounters changed that, and is one of the best films I’ve seen this month. It’s the perfect mix of comedy, horror and well-choreographed fight scenes.
Fun fact: it stars the legendary martial artist and actor Sammo Hung, who also directed and co-wrote. Hung is probably as well-known in China as Jackie Chan, and they actually worked together quite often. He also got to fight Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon.
Here’s a great picture of Hung looking awkward between the very sweaty Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao.
Anyway, enough of how awesome Sammo Hung is.
Spooky Encounters tells the story of Bold Cheung, a coachman who seems to run into ghosts and get himself into trouble at every turn. He discovers that his wife was cheating on him one day, but the man escaped out the window before he could find out that it was none other than his boss, the influential Mr. Tam. Not wanting a scandal, and wanting the wife for himself, Tam devises some incredibly elaborate ways of getting rid of Bold Cheung. Tam hires a money-hungry sorcerer to do the deed, who then shares the plan with his apprentice, Tsui, an honorable man who refuses to go along with it. Bold Cheung is convinced by one of the sorcerer’s men to stay the night in an old temple to prove his boldness. Meanwhile, the sorcerer can control a corpse that lays in the temple, and some pretty hilarious fights erupt between the living dead guy and the not-so-bold Cheung.
Thankfully Bold Cheung is aided by Tsui, and the two band together to defeat the evil sorcerer and unsavory Mr. Tam. In between there’s plenty of spooky encounters, and some how Cheung bumbles his way through all of it.
I recommend this movie to anyone who likes kung fu or Ghostbusters. I promise it’ll become a new favourite.
Here’s a great clip from when Cheung takes a nap beside a corpse that wakes up and mirrors his actions. It’s dubbed in English, but the full movie at the bottom is in the original Cantonese with English subtitles.
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 6.5/10
As the title may suggest, Juan of the Dead is Cuba’s answer to Shaun of the Dead. But other than being a zombie horror-comedy featuring a slacker duo (one of whom wields an oar, reminiscent of Shaun’s cricket paddle), Juan is entirely its own film. With plenty of zombie action, funny characters and a dash of politics, this is one movie you don’t want to miss.
Set in modern-day Havana, zombies start cropping up at about the 2-minute mark. The Cuban government claims them to be “dissidents” sent by the Americans to undermine the country.
Juan, the deadbeat dad hero of our story, is joined by his overweight roommate, Lazaro, and his son, as well as his own teenage daughter. With their apartment building’s roof as headquarters, they set up their own business as zombie killers who will rid you of your turned loved ones or neighbours.
The film has some slow parts, and the ending is surprisingly depressing unless you keep watching the credits, but it’s otherwise hilarious and entertaining. The makeup is quite good, and besides some cheesy-looking digital effects Juan of the Dead is a high-quality film with a great cast.
Below you’ll find the trailer, and you can watch the full movie online with English subtitles here.