Massacre au Mouton

Some of the funniest (and explicitly gory) scenes from the film Black Sheep, a quirky 2006 production from New Zealand that was on TV last night.

Maybe you have to have grown up around menacing herds of sheep to appreciate the humour…

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23 responses to “Massacre au Mouton

  1. That was a hilarious film!

    I lived in NZ for two and a half years. Sheep jokes are a dime a dozen. If you really want to get a taste of the Kiwi mindset, there is a satirical blog called Kiwianarama which is modelled after the “Stuff White People Like” blog. (Lots of parallels to the Canadian mentality. Esp. this one and this one.)

    4 million people, 40 million sheep. Everyone has a date on Saturday night.

  2. Ti-Guy

    Shoot. Based on the title and the description in the program guide I passed on it yesterday.

    There was nothing else on. I had to read a book!

  3. PBS had the last half of the ITV drama “Collision” on (funnily enough the Encore movie channel coincidentally had another film called “If Only” also starring a younger and more disrespectable Douglas Henshall). Actually a pretty good night of TV viewing, relatively speaking.

  4. There are some good Kiwi TV shows on Superchannel from time to time. They are now showing the 3rd (of 6) seasons of “Outrageous Fortune” and had “Orange Roughies” (cop drama) on for a while. They will probably never show my favourite satire “Seven Periods with Mr. Gormsby” because it is way too politically incorrect for North America, but you can find all of these as bitTorrents on the net.

    Being such a small and isolated country, the government chips in lots of money for movie and TV production. It’s not nearly as controversial in NZ as it is in Canada.

  5. that was an absolutely hilarious movie. i always recommend it when friends say that “there’s nothing on”

    i was suprised at how much money seemed to go into the “sheep”

  6. Ti-Guy

    PBS had the last half of the ITV drama “Collision”

    The various PBS stations don’t have the same schedules. Or even the same programming, I think. I’ve got the cheap, cheesy one…WNED Buffalo-Toronto…’Toronto” having been put in there to acknowledge how much Southern Ontarians donate to PBS.

    It’s my fault, though. I tend to skip up down the channel guide, stopping only at names of programs that I recognise.

  7. We’re fortunate to get two PBS stations here: one from Detroit and the other from just across the way in Seattle. Given the time difference if let’s us pick up shows that might otherwise be missed.

  8. counter-coulter

    Don’t be fooled RT, if a sheep had its chance it’d kill you and everyone you love!

    It’s funny watching a clip like this that’s so tongue-in-cheek. I’ll watch some movies on SyFy (ugh, hate even typing their stupid new name) that try to make actual horror movies from equally ridiculous premises — think killer, radioactive mosquitoes.

  9. I doubt it. Sheep are remarkably dim creatures. Seriously. Whatever slight degree of intelligence they may have had at one time in the past has been selectively bred out of them. It’s kind of pathetic really.

    Although when you get a hundred or so of them all moving in one direction at a time at the behest of a drover and some exuberant dog it can be a little creepy. Kind of like a political rally, come to think of it…

    “SyFy”… really? Whose brilliant idea was that? Was “Sci-Fi” too baffling?

  10. I’m fine with sheep. It’s pigs I hate – anything that eats its own and has more than a pea-sized brain is suspect, in my view.

  11. I get the PBS Detroit and the PBS Spokane-Calgary-Edmonton station on my Star Choice package. It’s the same deal as WNED. Most of their funding comes from Alberta.

    Here in New York City, there are an additional three: New York City’s PBS WNET13, New Jersey Public Television and WLIW22 on Long Island. Since they compete for the same audience they all have to run different schedules and run their pledge drives at different times.

  12. counter-coulter

    RT: My tongue was firmly planted in my cheek re: sheep.

    “SyFy” – yes, there was a lot of controversy when the name changed happened (even with one of the original founders of the channel). My pet theory is that they (the channel) were looking for a way to expand their viewership by distancing themselves from the geeky “sci-fi” crowd. I don’t think it’s worked, but who knows.

  13. CWTF

    Sheep are remarkably dim creatures. Seriously.
    You should read “Three Bags Full” – reminds me of the Blogging Tories in so many ways.

  14. C-C: My pet theory is that they (the channel) were looking for a way to expand their viewership by distancing themselves from the geeky “sci-fi” crowd. I don’t think it’s worked, but who knows.

    I think they got around that alleged problem on our Canadian version of the “SyFy” channel by calling it “Space”… What could be more open-ended and demographically inclusive than that?

    (And yes, I knew you were joshing about the sheep. But they are quite stupid creatures in the order of things.)

  15. Walker — It’s pigs I hate – anything that eats its own and has more than a pea-sized brain is suspect, in my view.

    Pigs are dangerous; especially when they start getting mixed up with Communist ideology and then move on to wearing top hats…

    By the way, they don’t have “pea-sized” brains. They’re actually quite large, morphologically similar to that of humans and when rendered can set in their own gelatin or simply fried up as “sweetmeats.”

    Oh, and as for cannibalism, this trait has also been well-known amongst humans… which poses a rather interesting question for those concerned about the after-life and resurrection of the dead.

  16. Cameron

    As far as I know that movie is by Peter Jackson.

  17. Nope. Jonathan King, but it does bear some resemblance to Jackson’s Evil Dead.

  18. “By the way, they don’t have “pea-sized” brains. They’re actually quite large, morphologically similar to that of humans and when rendered can set in their own gelatin or simply fried up as “sweetmeats.” A

    Yeah – aren’t pigs the ones that people always perform experiments on when they want to see what effects something will have on the human body – due to the similarities?

    At any rate, that’s kind of my point. Anything that smart that eats its own is suspect.

  19. “Oh, and as for cannibalism, this trait has also been well-known amongst humans… which poses a rather interesting question for those concerned about the after-life and resurrection of the dead.”

    Ah, but there are two main differences between pig cannibals and human cannibals ( excluding zombies ). With pig cannibals, there’s an added element of horror in the fact that we can’t communicate with them – in fact, that’s part of the horror around zombies, too.

  20. Sadly, I don’t really have time to expend wading into a thorough discussion about zombie communication relative to mutant pig cannibals… (as much as I’d enjoy doing so).

    My question about the after-life consideration of victims of cannibalism is actually a debate amongst theologians — supposedly, there will be a reconstitution and swapping of misappropriated flesh that will permit the needed resurrection.

  21. Hmm – that’s an interesting theory. I wasn’t even aware that such a question was up for debate.

  22. Oh, speaking of vicious animals, how could we forget to mention the March of the Sinister Ducks?

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