Body Melt (1993)

BODY MELT (1993)
Article 3514 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-4-2011
Posting Date: 3-29-2011
Directed by Philip Brophy
Featuring Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith
Country: Australia
What it is: Gore comedy

A health spa has developed a drug with gruesome side effects that eventually results in the body self-destructing… and it’s using the residents of a suburban neighborhood as its guinea pigs.

My DVD of this movie says in its promotional blurb that it features special effects from the people who gave you DEAD ALIVE and MATRIX: RELOADED; this should give you an idea of what the movie is going to emphasize. The plot is a muddled mess, but I suspect that didn’t matter to anyone; the main goal of the movie is to have as much gross-out body-parts exploding footage as it can fit into its 80 minute running time. It’s also supposed to be a comic satire about suburbia, but I didn’t laugh once, and if it actually has something to say about the subject of suburban life, it gets lost in the gore. It’s probably a cult favorite of some kind, but I can’t help but notice that it was the last directorial effort from Philip Brophy. For gorehounds only.

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