BODY MELT (1993)

Written by: Greigh Johanson.

I've finally found a film that makes satirical mockery of the ninety-century fitness trend. Body Melt is possibly one of Australia's most controversial films. It's about a corrupt spa that develops a health shake that eats people inside while it grows gigantic tentacles on them. If you're a big fan of films like "Street Trash" and "Slim City", you will definitely love this slimy ninety-century flick. It gives us the most disgusting goodies you can imagine.

The basic story of Body Melt is about a secret company called Vimuville. The specific formula are based on tests where they check the side effects and how it's affecting various people. The test is used on a guy with drug problems, a pregnant woman and two guys who makes a tragic trip to Vimuville's spa-facility. They take the drug and hallucinates and soon their bodies break down and melt together into large lumps of mucus. But something goes horribly wrong and the drug are smuggled into civilian human food. Some investigators note the mistake and are now looking to stop Vimuville and their drug once and for all.

This is hysterical Aussie splatter-satire, directed by Philip Brophy. The film seems to be very confusing and disjointed, but if you follow the overall twist that intertwining the whole story, we'll soon get the ninety-century's most fascinating splatter films ever done. The special effects has elegant hallucinations while we are thrown into various documents with a confusing symbolism. It never stands still and doesn't stop surprising. Body Melt getting more and more bizarre the further into the film we get, it has no limits and that's what I like about this kind of independent films.

We get acquainted with a man who brings home a battered woman who turns out to be a serial killer - but the question remains whether this woman even exist? We also meet a pregnant woman who suddenly exposed to miscarriage. The placenta falls out of her vagina and will soon have its own life. But the main point is at the spa, where a mutant family will reside. Their daughter is a sex-crazed sadistic cannibal, while the twin brothers have a taste for kangaroo-hormones. If we throw together all this madness you'll understand what kind of film this is.

Yes folks, I wouldn't reveal much more. This is a title that must be experienced to realize how sick and bizarre it really is. Let me say that it feels like a surreal splatter combination of Wes Craven's "The Hills Have Eyes" and David Cronenberg's "Videodrome" - Sounds tempting, right?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Directed by: Philip Brophy
Written by: Philip Brophy and Rod Bishop.
Produced by: Rod Bishop, Lars Michalak and Daniel Scharf.
Cinematography by: Ray Argall
Editing by: Bill Murphy
Special Effects by: Bob McCarron
Music by: Philip Brophy
Cast: Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Regina Gaigalas, Vincent Gil,
Neil Foley, Anthea Davis, Matthew Newton, Lesley Baker, Amy Grove-Rogers.

Year: 1993
Country: Australia
Language: English 
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 21min

Distributor: Astro