100 BLOODY ACRES
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Colin and Cameron Cairns
What's it about
Lindsay (Angus Sampson) and Reg Morgan (Damon Herriman) are a couple of good 'ol boys who run a fertilizer business (organic, of course). How do they do it? They mix in the body parts of the various bits of road pizza they find along the roadways, which has started to include accident victims. Eventually, the boys manage to stumble upon a horrible discovery- fresh humans make way better fertilizer. Much to Reg's disdain, the boys kidnap some good looking teenager-looking folks (Anna McGahan, Oliver Ackland and Jamie Kristian) to grind up. Of course, things start going sour once ol' Reg develops a liking for one of the gals.
Is it good movie?
This one's a fun Australian horror-comedy that centers around the gag that the
Morgan brothers consider themselves "small business operators" and not
"psychos", despite the fact that the latter seems to be slightly more
plausible. There's a lot of focus on this sort of joke when the
brothers are fighting to get a DJ to play their radio ad, and then
immediately regret it once they do, since they get made fun of.
Believe it or not, this flick tries fairly hard to develop its
characters and keep you guessing. Characters actually change and reveal
different layers as the film progresses, and all is certainly not as it
seems (although potential victim Wes is ungodly obnoxious and annoying-
grind him up). Anna McGahan is just extra sweet in a great way as Reg's
potential love interest, turning in a charming and effective
performance. Horror fans will enjoy a great cameo from John Jarratt of
Wolf Creek fame, as he plays a hilariously upbeat police officer.
Our standouts are unquestionably the brothers, though. Herriman's
worrisome Reg is a people-pleaser who feels bound to his brother's
overwhelming personality. Sampson's Lindsay character is also spot-on
and surprisingly layered- he may seem gruff and sadistic, but there's
some hurt going on in his soul. Adding these two together makes for
some great chemistry, with a relationship that seems genuine and
As for the comedic elements of the film, those can be hit-or-miss for
certain, but I'll give credit where credit is due, I was unquestionably
entertained and chuckled a good few times. There's definitely some
nastiness to be had here as well- when humans face meat grinders, this
tends to produce a goopy, red result. Gorehounds might not be super
satisfied, but this one does deliver the goods when it counts.
If you're not looking for scares and want a fun, off-kilter dark
comedy, this'll certainly fit the bill. It's far better than I
initially expected, with some decent character depth, good
performances, and a plot that actually manages to keep you guessing
(really- it's paced and written quite well). I enjoyed this one for
what it was, without question. Certainly recommended!
Video / Audio
Video: 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, looks
pretty good. No real issues here, but nothing reference-quality.
Audio: A well mixed and
decently balanced Dolby Digital
5.1 track here. Good stuff.
Behind 100 Bloody Acres runs
about 10 minutes and is a standard EPK deal with interviews, different
scenes from the movie and that sort of thing. It's fine, but it isn't
Bloody SFX is a 5 minute piece
dealing with the trials and tribulations of slave reparations from back
in the day. That's a joke- were you paying attention? This actually
deals with the effects team going through some of the gags they used,
which are incredibly lifelike and cool looking.
Grinding the Roadie is an
incredibly brief clip that I won't give away. Fun!
Col and Cam do the Shed Scene
is a mock-up of a few scenes where the directors take a few moments
from the film and act them out themselves.
Celestial Avenue is a short
film by Col and Cam Caines that runs about 20 minutes long about a gal
who meets a fellow out back while at a restaurant. Neat inclusion, and
this one is certainly unique to say the least. Angus Sampson's in this
A Mood Reel is an odd
collection of the overall atmosphere and tone the film's trying to
convey through photos set to music, with the odd quote thrown in. It
runs only about a minute and a half.
Reg The Dog's Audition is about
20 seconds of a pretty cute pup.
Recording the Radio ad gives a
few minutes of insights into one of the film's pivotal plot points, and
the ads are in there too.
There's also about 10 minutes of commercials
for the fertilizer farm included as well. Funny stuff.
Rounding the disc out is a short gag
reel,a storyboard gallery and trailers for
this film, Eddie, Black Out, and the Heir Apparent: Largo Winch.
I had a pretty good time with this one, and not just because I'm a dead ringer for Angus Sampson (seriously..the dude's got more hair than me, but it's freaking uncanny). It's well put together and in a lot of ways better than it has right to be, though comedy is always super subjective. Dig it!