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Much of the scenes and shots and editing are beyond the imagination of even devotees of this sub genre of sort-of horror. This is a feast. The film very loosely follows (or "tells"? four short stories, all assembled in chronological time and, to an extent, proximity to one another (that is, all four stories begin on the same cul de sac - always a great location for aberration and Robin Woods American Nightmare theory ), but there is (and this is not a criticism as this trope works in Body Melt) little other relation between the four. The story telling works as sufficient scaffolding.
As the credits note, the film is based on four short stories by the filmmaker, so no surprises there, and the time and place are sutured together around an, of course, bumbling police investigation and a pharmaceutical company run amok. But, so what? This works, in particular the family two of our heroes (I think that is story number 3 - but with all the temporal ellipses, who is counting?) encounter in the Outback. Of course, the family is horribly deformed - love the hideous hyper-sexed daughter who is just feminine enough to entice our luckless heroes (and sufficiently nuanced to not remind viewers of this type of character from similar narratives - and prone to behavior that is often unanticipated. (You will love the getaway vehicle.) Too bad we see so little of the clan's Mom, who is the cook and bottle washer at the family diner.
Unanticipated camera angles and cutting, plus over saturated color. Who could ask for more? Oh, and bodies do melt, miscarry, explode, ooze and all the other good stuff
WOW! Is what I was thinking when viewing this for the first time haha. I rate this flick high up there when comes to weird, gory silliness! 'Body Melt' isn't scary, I compare it to flicks such as: 'Street Trash', 'Bad Taste', and maybe a pinch of 'DRAINIAC'. All in my opinion of course. This film is probably the best at showing the viewer the weird side of 90's horror. If that makes any sense haha. It's loaded with plenty of cheezy, yet likable characters as seen in the previous flicks I've mentioned. With a title like 'BODY MELT', you would think great amounts of gore, but your wrong. There is however, enough to satisfy those who are fans of 'STREET TRASH', or just odd-ball-horror flicks in general. The gore is over-the-top when shown and because of that, it makes it unrealistic but in a fun way!
Small town folk are given free samples of an experimental dieting drug throw the mail. Once taken, the drug causes each person to have different reaction that ends up fetal!!! I give it four stars only because it's gruesome title fails to deliver more off-the-wall gore as seen in flicks such as 'Dead Alive'. I was hoping that this flick would be as crazy as 'Dead Alive'. But all-in-all, it is very entertaining to watch!
This is a fun and crazy film. It feels like a Troma flick at times and at others gives you a sort of TCM shudder. There are visions of Dead Alive and quite a lot of Cronenbergian images. At just barely over an hour, this film packs in a lot of craziness. Not scary, but pretty over the top in terms of grossness. I can't get the idea that one inbred chick in the film is a dead ringer for the lead singer of A.F.I. She/he is very scary; actually this scene is the most frightening in the film. Just for this "separated at birth" deal it's worth checking out for yourself. Head on over to you local health farm, get some vitamins, and enjoy the show. A great party film and a must have for those of you that enjoy Reanimator, Dagon, or any other gruefully great movies by Stuart Gordon, Raimi, etc.