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Billy O'Brien (2) (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Nature bites back - literally - in this claustrophobic Irish chiller from debut feature writer/director Billy O'Brien. A farmyard-set mix of Alien and The Thing, it's a cautionary eco-fable in which "mad cow disease" takes on a horrifying new meaning. John Lynch excels as a struggling dairy farmer who faces a genetic nightmare after reluctantly allowing scientists to conduct DNA experiments on one of the last in his herd. The gory horror that follows is understated yet sustained, making effective use of the movie's low-budget resources. Like most creature features, the plot is generic and the supporting characters largely two-dimensional. But what gives this visceral flick real edge are its slow-build atmospherics and unrelenting sense of dread. O'Brien treats his subject with intelligence and seriousness, enhancing its believability while marking himself out as a name to watch.


An Irish cattle farmer facing financial problems agrees to let a scientist carry out DNA experiments on one of his cows in exchange for money, but the sinister procedure takes a disastrous turn, unleashing a genetic nightmare that will put many lives in danger. Horror, starring John Lynch, Essie Davis, Sean Harris, Marcel lures and Crispin Letts.

Cast & Crew

Dan John Lynch
Orla Essie Davis
Jamie Sean Harris
John Marcel lures
Doctor Crispin Letts
Director Billy O'Brien (2)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: Available on DVD


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