Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their "secret ingredient" to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival.
The use of dead car crash victims in the Morgan Brothers' "Blood and Bone" fertiliser has been a huge boon to business. But it's been months since their last find and an important new customer is waiting on a delivery. When Reg Morgan, the junior partner in the business, comes across three young people stranded on a remote country road, he sees a radical solution to their supply problems, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother, Lindsay. But things don't quite go to plan when Reg starts forming an attachment with one of their captives, Sophie. Reg must now make a decision: go through with the plan and finally win Lindsay's approval, or save the kids and destroy everything the brothers have worked for. They're not psycho killers... they're just small business operators.Written by
Colin & Cameron Cairnes
Co-director Cameron Cairnes explained that the first draft of the script was written six or seven years earlier. He said that the film's shooting script ''is essentially the same architecture.'' There's an element of innovation, of pushing boundaries, in 100 Bloody Acres. Early drafts toyed with ambitious ideas of continuous action, à la Hitchcock's 'Rope' or the more recent 'Russian Ark'. The notion of real time interested the brothers. ''Yes, how naïve we were,'' laughed co-director Colin Cairnes. ''But whether or not it was one shot, the idea of continuous action appealed to us. The actual story hasn't changed much since that second draft where that was the plan. But I think as fun as that concept was, it was potentially going to deny us the opportunity to explore all the characters as fully as we wanted to.'' The film does retain some of that sense of real time, as events reach their inevitable, inexorable conclusion. ''So I think we've hung onto some of that original vision while giving it more of a classic cinema structure," explained Colin. ''We have definitely been respectful-to a large degree-of horror film conventions but what will set this film apart is how we play with the audience's expectations of the genre.'' See more »
"100 Bloody Acres" is a very entertaining little horror comedy from Oz. I don't have a whole lot to say about it, except that I enjoyed it.
The set-up is that three people are travelling to some music festival, where they flag down a truck driven by a guy in the fertilizer business, played by Damon Herriman, who recently played Charles Manson. They don't know that the origins of this famous fertilizer sold by Herriman and his brother - unlikely Aussie sex symbol Angus Sampson - is ground up human flesh.
We get some pretty typical scenes with people tied up, trying to escape, but the movie really sings with the scenes with Sampson and Herriman. Sampson's portrayal as the gruff, intimidating brains behind the evil operation is the movie's strong suit.
The movie has a few quite violent moments, but at least it spares us the tedious torture porn rubbish we get in so many horror flicks these days.
As a horror comedy, of course the movie is never scary or suspenseful, but nor is it really laugh out loud funny. However, it does manage a light, humorous tone throughout that keeps a smile on your face.
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