Body Melt is a 1992 Australian horror feature film directed by Philip Brophy from a screenplay co-written with Rod Bishop. The satirical film, released in 1993, was influenced by “splatstick” Peter Jackson films such as Bad Taste and Braindead.
The movie stars Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Regina Gaigalas, and Vincent Gil.
Vinegar Syndrome will be releasing Body Melt on Blu-ray soon remastered in 2K from the original camera negative. Watch the new trailer below.
The residents of the small town of Pebbles Court who are the unknowing test subjects for a new variety of “Vimuville” dietary supplement pills that arrive for free in their mailboxes. The pills are designed to produce the ultimate healthy human, but have unexpected side effects including hallucinations and mutations.
Despite the attempts made to warn the townsfolk from a previous test subject, who is now undergoing rapid cellular decay, he arrives too late, and crashes his car and is killed by tentacles growing out of his throat.
The pills are consumed by the residents, and produce liquefying flesh, elongated tongues, exploding stomachs, exploding penises, imploding heads, monstrous births, tentacles growing out of the face, living mucus, sentient placentas, and other gruesome mutations. Ultimately more and more of the residents of the Pebbles Court mutate or die horrific deaths, until almost every character has been dispatched…
“Body Melt is not a film for those who prefer to take their horror seriously, but if you like gore and grotesquerie with a great sense of humour, it’s a real treat.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
“Though at times the movie suffers from its all-over-the-shop plot, it’s the visuals of the film that really make it worth a watch. Oversized tongue gags! Gaping body cavities! The saddest looking autopsied corpse you’ve ever seen! They’re all side-splitting and eye-popping. Literally.” Digital Retribution
Cast and characters:
- Gerard Kennedy as Det. Sam Phillips
- Andrew Daddo as Johnno
- Ian Smith as Doctor Carrera
- Regina Gaigalas as Shaan
- Vincent Gil as Pud
- Neil Foley as Bab
- Anthea Davis as Slab
- Matthew Newton as Bronto
- Lesley Baker as Mack
- Amy Grove-Rogers as Old Woman
- Adrian Wright as Thompson Noble
- Jillian Murray as Angelica Noble
- Ben Geurens as Brandon Noble
- Amanda Douge as Elloise Noble
- Brett Climo as Brian Rand
- Lisa McCune as Cheryl Rand
- Nick Polites as Sal Ciccone
- Maurie Annese as Gino Argento
- William McInnes as Paul Matthews
- Suzi Dougherty as Kate
- Bill Young as Willie