Of course New Zealand would create a Zombie Sheep film...
What is New Zealand famous for? The super hot All Blacks, The extremely long Lord Of The Rings movie trilogy + spinoffs and obviously sheep... Because there are literally millions of them, to be specific there are 7 sheep for every human in the country. So it came pretty natural for writer and director Jonathan King to centre this movie on his national animal… I'm guessing also because they cost less than actors and are not as much divas.
Former country boy Henry (you might have see him in What We Do in the Shadows as one of werewolves, if not you HAVE TO WATCH THAT MOVIE, DANG IT!) is back to the farm where he grew up to sell his share of the property to his brother Angus (Lem on Ash vs Evil Dead) but is about to discover his evil sibling, instead of taking care of the family land like their dead father would have wanted, has been playing mad scientist with the sheep.
And the outcome is nowhere near an awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle situation.
What you can expect from this film is references to classics such as Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London, The Shining and even some of fellow kiwi Peter Jackson's early work like Braindead, some good ol’ man vs sheep serious ass kicking, crazy blood thirsty creatures and gore... Lots of it, and pretty damn inventive.
You will also get a fair amount of chuckles, mainly brought to you by the fake and real sheep equally, but my favourite human character is without a shadow of a doubt Tucker - the times when this dude is not on screen are very noticeable as he’s the main one bringing the laughs to the film...
I also have to admit the baddies are pretty entertaining, with Angus taking the cake, especially when he will show his more vulnerable side.
But the real winner here is the beautiful scenery – who cares if your budget is small when you are from NZ and you can shoot in your backyard because your surrounding are breathtaking no matter where you are in the country... even if a couple of times it felt like a green screen... Pretty sure it was.