“BODY MELT”— Australian Horror

Body Melt 

Australian Horror

Amos Lassen

“Body Melt” is a 1993  Australian horror film that begins on a peaceful morning in suburban Pebbles Court, part of Homesville with a car crash. What the residents there do not notice are the strange tentacles that erupt from the dead driver’s neck and force their way down his throat. They also do not know that they are unwitting test subjects by an evil corporation who manufacture a line of new-age vitamin supplements, Vimuville, that are being sent to the residents via the mailbox as free samples, and they’re only to happy to blindly swallow whatever pill manages to find it’s way into their mailboxes. Of course this stuff isn’t good for anyone and does not deliver the “new you” as advertised.

The pill is the brainchild of evil Dr. Carrera (Ian Smith) and his evil-minded assistant, Shaan (Regina Gaigalas). We first meet Shaan while is having sex with one of the lab guys, but apparently he has learned about the unethical experiments happening in Pebbles Court and plans to blow the whistle on the whole operation, so Shaan injects him with what she believes to be a lethal dose of some sort of stuff and just ass soon as he’s out of her sight he hops in his car and drives to Pebbles Court but begins falling ill. He seems to be going through some sort of body mutation brought on by the massive dose of whatever-that-stuff-was and he enters Pebbles Court at a very high rate of speed crashing into a parked car at which point  yellow tentacles emerge from wounds on his neck before withdrawing back into his body. 

Two local cops show up at the scene to investigate the crash/death, Sam Philips (Gerard Kennedy) and his younger partner Johnno (Andrew Daddo) and they interview the neighbors but don’t find out much, but they do find victim’s tape recorder, mumbling something about the first step is hallucination, the second step is glandular, which sets them on a path to the evil corporate entity.

From there the cops begin their investigation and as the residents of the neighborhood experience their own Vimuville side effects, all of which are disgusting. There’s a man who begins to have hallucinations of a strange looking woman whom he sees at the airport while on an errand, she shows up at her house and seduces him, during the act she massages one of his ribs right out of his body, and this is the least bizarre part of the whole film. 

Then we have the health conscious Dr. Noble (Adrian Wright) who lives in the neighborhood whom takes his family to the Vimuville Health and leisure spa, where each meets an awful end, the doc begins flinging copious amounts of phlegm, the mom chokes on her over-sized mutated tongue and their bratty son has a face-crushing rollerblading accident. A pair of horny brother’s in the neighborhood don’t actually meet their end because of ingesting the supplements but the corporation is still the reason behind their demise, they’re on a lust-fueled road trip but end up in the village of Nowhere, a strange hole in the wall town populated by a boil-faced father (Vincent Gil) and his three hideous children, all of whom are apparently past victims of Vimuville’s unethical experiments, one of his teen kids is a “girl”.

The last of the test subjects is a pregnant couple, the woman has been taking Vimuville supplements as directed by her doctor, who’s working for the evil corporation, but fears something is wrong with her unborn child, and boy was she right! Her husband catches her about to cut herself open to rip out the unborn mutant freak when suddenly a face-hugging placenta latches onto his face, the end result is an eye-bulging mess. 

The story doesn’t hold together all that well, and is actually four shorts thrown together with some uninspired acting and loads of spew and gore. The bloody and low-budget special effects are the true selling point here, they’re creative and fun, there’s loads of spew dripping everywhere. There are a lot of exploding body parts— faces, stomachs and even a penis, someone choke on her own mutated tongue and a face erupts like a snot-volcano. The gore is grotesque but so over-the-top that it’s mostly just laugh-out-loud funny. This is one of those films that are so bad, they are good and I had had a great time watching.

There are a host of special features including:

– Behind-the-scenes featurette with cast and crew (17 min) 

– Making Bodies Melt – The Making Of Body Melt (1992)(34 min) 

– Audio commentary with Director Philip Brophy, Producers Daniel Scharf and Rod Bishop (Production)

– Audio commentary with Director/Composer Philip Brophy (Sound Design and Score)

– Stills Gallery (98 images) 

– Body Melt – The Full Storyboard (98 images) 

– Original Theatrical Trailer (2 min) 

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