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UW-Eau Claire to Screen
Horror Comedy 'Black Sheep'

RELEASED: April 28, 2008

poster for Black SheepEAU CLAIRE — "Black Sheep" (New Zealand 2006) — "a giddily subversive addition to the age-old cinema tradition of the horror comedy" (The Hollywood Reporter) — will be presented May 1-4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The film will screen at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

Long estranged from his older brother Angus (Peter Feeney), Henry Oldfield (Nathan Meister) returns to his family's farm unaware that something bad is going on there. Angus has embarked on a reckless genetic engineering program, commissioning a superior breed of sheep with softer, woollier coats. He could never have predicted that the experiment would turn the docile domesticated animals into bloodthirsty killers.

"You'll laugh, you'll groan, you'll never buy wool again," wrote Premiere magazine.

Salon.com called the film "a good-humored pastiche whose ingredients are a bit of 'Night of the Living Dead,' a little 'Island of Dr. Moreau,' a fair dose of 'The Fly' and a topping of self-deprecating Kiwi humor. ... The effects are impressive and [the] action scenes are ludicrous, horrifying and gratuitous in the finest monster-movie tradition. In the larger sense, the movie plays for laughs, but the actors never do, and here and there threads of actual darkness poke through the farce."

The feature film debut of writer-director Jonathan King, "Black Sheep" is rated PG-13. Special effects were created by the WETA Workshop, famed for its work on "Lord of the Rings."

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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