Plot: Vimuville creates potent vitamin supplements, designed to get more out of your body than you ever imagined. Ryan (Robert Simper) is one of the chemists for the lab, but when learns about human experiments, he decides to take action. He now knows a small housing subdivision called The Pebbles is being used to run experiments, to see how the residents react to a new supplement. Before he can rush to warn them, he is dosed with a lethal cocktail, but he is able to survive, at least long enough to crash into The Pebbles. Soon other residents begin to experience side effects and now, the police are poking around the area. Meanwhile, two young men from the subdivision wind up at a rural compound home to some strange, inbred folk, who seem to be feral or at least, slightly mutated. As more people start to leak ooze and turn inside out, Vimuville hopes to cover up the situation. But will their secret finally be revealed and how does all of this weave together?
Entertainment Value: Say what you want about Body Melt, but the title doesn’t mislead, as numerous bodies do indeed melt in various ways. The story is rather basic, as an evil corporation tests experimental drugs on unaware locals, only to have the operation risk being uncovered. An Australian production with an emphasis on bodily fluids and wild humor, this is a fun, gross picture. The special effects are over the top, with pus, vomit, snot, and all kinds of other goop pouring out of people, not to mention some blood soaked, more traditional moments of gore. Just as over the top are the performances, which embrace the manic feel of the story and run with it. The inbred mutant family is a highlight, as are the musclebound Vimuville lunkheads. If you don’t want humor mixed with your gore/horror, Body Melt likely won’t be your cup of tea. The humor is constant and even in more intense moments, it manages to creep in. I think the movie works well and with a fairly short running time, the humor never loses steam. A fast pace, a good amount of memorable effects, off the wall humor, and outlandish performances, sounds like a winner to me.
One pair of oiled up breasts, but also a couple of dongs and a set of balls, the latter seen in a porn video enjoyed by a mutated old woman. So not much nudity, but we do see the gaping womb of a pregnant woman, right? The effects are gross and out of control and yes, the gaping womb is really showcased here. As a bonus, the placenta escapes her body and becomes a sentient predator. Body parts crack open and gush blood, noses produce huge volumes of snot, peoples’ face melt off, this is a nice assortment of sick, fun to watch madness. As far as dialogue, we have some wacky lines here and as I said, the performances are over the top, so that meshes well. The exchanges with the inbred folk stand out as highlights, as that group is so committed to their roles as these wonderfully twisted mutants. Body Melt is off the rails at times, but the humor tends to reel in that insane feel, just a touch though. The wild performances, colorful characters, and sick effects earn this one a solid amount of points.
Overall Insanity: 6/10
The Disc: Vinegar Syndrome’s Blu-ray release has a new 2k restoration, struck from the original camera negatives and it looks fantastic. The image is so crisp and detailed, fans will think a miracle has happened, as this is a massive improvement over the previous DVD releases. The colors are natural and bright, which means all the gross fluids look as goopy as they should and contrast is on point, so detail remains impressive even in darker scenes. The movie almost looks brand new here, another superb treatment from Vinegar Syndrome. The disc has impressive extras as well, with not one, but two audio commentaries on deck. Both feature director Philip Brophy, one a solo track and the other a group session, so each track has a unique feel and features specific insights, with minimal overlap. You can also check out some newly minted interviews, a fresh retrospective featurette, and several archival behind the scenes pieces. The extras also include complete storyboards, extensive photo galleries, and the film’s theatrical trailer.