100 BLOODY ACRES: A REVIEW

Thanks to Salty Kernel, Andrew Brusentsev, for reviewing this fun looking comedy horror, 100 BLOODY ACRES, it will be releasing into art house cinemas on limited release on August 1st, 2013, it is 90mins long and rated MA15+. 

Lets face it sports fans, I am a big fan of horror, and ever since I first saw Raimi’s seminal Evil Dead Trilogy I have had a particular soft spot for the comedy gore genre. This particular genre has had many excellent examples of late the completely brilliant “Shaun of The Dead” and one of my all time favourites “Tucker and Dale vs Evil”. When the lights dimmed I was very keen for what treats would await me.

 

100 Bloody Acres - Review on Salty Popcorn
100 Bloody Acres – Review on Salty Popcorn

 

“100 Bloody Acres” is an Australian production by Cameron and Colin Cairnes (who write and co-direct this one) who have not done much work in the film business as far as I can tell but have a host of comedic TV writing gigs under their belt.

The story revolves around the Morgan brothers Reg and Lindsay (played by “Justified’s” Damon Herriman and Angus Sampson) a pair of country farmer / small businessmen who have hit upon the idea of producing fertiliser that utilises roadkill. Their lives are uncomplicated, they live on 100 acres and their sole goal in life is to make the best batch of fertiliser they possibly can. Reg is pretty simple, he is dominated completely by his aggressive and strong willed brother, a huge fellow with a fantastic beard (hats off to Angus for this). It just so happens that somehow along their journey to creating the best fertiliser to compete with the big boys they have hit upon the idea of using human body parts.

 

100 Bloody Acres - Review on Salty Popcorn
100 Bloody Acres – Review on Salty Popcorn

 

The film opens with Reg driving along a stretch of the outback road, humming along to himself, whilst listening to old obscure radio tunes. Suddenly he sees a car wreck. Slowing down he notices that the driver is sitting lifeless in the wrecked vehicle. Perfect fertiliser, Reg decides. He collects the body and puts it in the back of his truck. Starting the truck up again Reg is soon on his way quite pleased with himself. It is there that he meets three youngsters,  Sophie (Anna McGahan), James (Oliver Ackland) and Wesley (Jamie Kristian), on the way to a local music festival. Their vehicle has overheated and could they have a lift? Reg can’t believe his luck this is going to be a bumper season! Without further ado he offers them a lift to the festival. It’s not long before the teens discover the dead body in the back of the truck and it isn’t long before they are locked up on the 100 Acres, about to become A-Grade fertiliser.

We all know where this is going don’t we? Of course we do but that really isn’t the point. Most seasoned horror heads have seen this played out a thousand times. In fact it’s expected, the brilliance of a good Z grade horror is what the cast and crew do with the ingredients. Half the fun is knowing what you think will happen. There is of course the one-liners that came at us not with a laugh track but in a very dry Australian kind of way. I think this is where the two principles Herriman and Sampson really stand out. Their pacing is impeccable. In fact all of the cast hold the paper thin plot line and indeed have a lot of fun with it. McGahan as Reg’s love interest, Wesley as the cocky drug taking insufferable space cadet and James as Sophie’s boyfriend turned jilted lover work wonderfully as the “victims”. Their character arcs feel really authentic, not forced, they work  wonderfully well with Reg and Lindsay’s roles. Lindsay is truly a sinister psycho, but also it is hard not to like him. Watch out for a brief appearance by John Jarrett of Wolf Creek fame a great nod to a modern horror masterpiece

 

100 Bloody Acres - Review on Salty Popcorn
100 Bloody Acres – Review on Salty Popcorn

 

To the real star of these kinds of things… the grisly gore. It is actually quite sparse and is interplayed with scenes of hilarity. You can tell that the directors know their horror really well and many of the grisly scenes are flat out nods to some of the giants in the field, done with a bit of a nudge nudge wink wink. This is not to say that it looks away from the grossness, there is plenty of that, but it is always done with  a tongue planted squarely in its cheek.

That being said the intent of the movie is actually quite life-affirming, the films central motto of taking control of your life and ignoring your past no matter how perverse it may be rings strongly in a really feel good kind of way. The scene where Reg stumbles his way through these lines is fantastic.

 

100 Bloody Acres - Review on Salty Popcorn
100 Bloody Acres – Review on Salty Popcorn

 

Look I could bang on and on about this movie. Basically you are either going to love this movie and laugh your head off and enjoy this kind of thing or you are going to think it is one of the worst things you have every seen.

For me I am with Lindsay when he says in a low deadpan

‘Look, we’re not here to fuck spiders, Reg.’

 

4 Pops