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100 BLOODY ACRES
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Colin and Cameron Cairns

Starring:
Damon Herriman
Angus Sampson
Anna McGahan

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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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 interesting.

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.
The Extras
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 really anything.

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 too!

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.


Last Call
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!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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