GenreHorror, Comedy, Sci-Fi ScreenplayPhilip Brophy, Rod Bishop CountryAustralia
Release date15 December 1993 (1993-12-15) WriterPhilip Brophy (screenplay), Rod Bishop (screenplay), Philip Brophy (short stories) Initial releaseOctober 28, 1994 (Australia) CastGerard Kennedy (Det. Sam Phillips), Andrew Daddo (Johnno), Ian Smith (Dr. Carrera), Regina Caigalas (Shaan), Vincent Gil (Pud) Similar moviesHorror Hospital, The Experiment, The Black Hole
TaglineThe first phase is hallucinogenic... the second phase is glandular... and the third phase is... BODY MELT
Body melt 1993 trailer
Body Melt is a 1993 satirical Australian horror film directed by Philip Brophy and written by Brophy and Rod Bishop (both ex-→ ↑ →), influenced by "splatstick" Peter Jackson films like Bad Taste and Braindead.
The film is about the residents of Pebbles Court in the Melbourne suburb of Homesville 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.
The film was shot in October and November 1992.
Gerard Kennedy as Det. Sam Phillips
Andrew Daddo as Johnno
Ian Smith as Dr. 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
Video review wrote "With over 150 ways to melt your body, it's one of the most innovative and versatile horror films ever. Guaranteed to make you squirm."
Samhain wrote "Unique and individual. A wicked and gruesome satire on the clean-living lifestyle of modern Australia as seen across the globe in various TV soaps."
Screen International described the film "As satirical as it is sick-making. A cult hit."
Star Burst wrote "Packs more mucous, phlegm, puke, snot, slime & spit than you'd ever think possible."
Time Out wrote "Despite its emetic preoccupation with exploding stomachs & bodily fluids there is also a liberal injection of black humour."
Fangoria wrote "A slime-soaked all-out shocker!"
Face described the film as'"A dumb/smart satire on health fascism. The kind of movie they just don't make anymore."
Body Melt was released on DVD with a new print by Umbrella Entertainment in August 2006. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the original theatrical trailer, Umbrella Entertainment trailers, a behind the scenes featurette with cast and crew and a storyboard gallery.