Movie Review: 100 BLOODY ACRES

PrintE-mail Written by Martin Unsworth

Review: 100 Bloody Acres / Cert: 15 / Director: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes / Screenplay: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes / Starring: Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, Anna McGahan, Jamie Kristian / Release Date: October 11th (Frightfest London preview: August 23rd)

There's always been something special about Australian horror films; they are generally naturalistic yet offbeat and have a streak of black humour running through them. The brothers Cairnes' 100 Bloody Acres carries this on tradition with ease.

The Morgan brothers, Reg (Herriman) and Lindsay (Sampson) run an organic fertiliser company, using road-kill and the like to create the best blend of blood and bone to enrich the local farmer's soil. Reg begrudgingly offers a lift to three stranded friends, who are en-route to a local music festival – with Sophia (McGahan) up front, her boyfriend James (Ackland), and their acid-dropping friend (whom she is also carrying on with) Wes (Kristian) in the back with bags of fertiliser and rotting cow carcases. Oh, and the body of a festival roadie Reg happened to find in a crashed van. It seems the best ingredient for this plant food is a recently deceased human.

To reveal more would be unfair on the audience, as the film builds surely, with plenty of low-key surprises and tons of the aforementioned antipodean black humour. The joy comes not from standard tropes and genre trappings but from the characters and situations, where both the horror (and it does get gloriously gory) and comedy (there are several laugh out loud moments) develop entirely naturally. The fact that the 'bad guys' are just yokel saps looking to make ends meet with the best product they can produce instantly subverts the expectations of the audience. They are not well-equipped murderers, rather small time chancers who, by accident more than design, become involved in the killing business. Sampson sports a fabulous moustacheless beard, which is always good for a laugh, and his character Lindsay is the brains of the team, keeping his younger brother at a more subservient level, which certainly plays with the audience's allegiances.

This is the film Tucker and Dale vs Evil should have been: a fun experience from start to finish. Make sure you stick around during the end credits, too, for a wonderful coda.

Expected Rating: 6 out of 10

Actual Rating:




Suggested Articles:
The spiritual world and the afterlife continue to provide food for thought and fascination to any nu
For filmmakers, a beleaguered central character crippled by grief following the death of a loved one
Science fiction is all about the ideas. It’s about the “what-ifs?” and the “might-bes”; ab
When it comes to creating insane, overblown, overambitious sci-fi, writer/director Luc Besson really
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Movie Reviews

A GHOST STORY 14 August 2017

THE DOMICILE 13 August 2017

ALIEN: REIGN OF MAN 06 August 2017

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS 05 August 2017

THE EMOJI MOVIE 05 August 2017

ANNABELLE: CREATION 04 August 2017

THE GHOUL 01 August 2017

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE 28 July 2017

HOUNDS OF LOVE 26 July 2017

DUNKIRK 23 July 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner