Monday, October 21, 2013

100 Bloody Acres: Fertile Ground for Laughs and Gore

Not every horror comedy that gets released has to be compared to Shaun of the Dead. Maybe save the comparison for the zombie related horror comedies only. It's a developing pet peeve of mine (that you'll find right below my turn on's on my centerfold shoot). Funny horror movies have been around since horror movies have been made. Earlier than Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Let's move on, and let Shaun enjoy his video gaming with Ed. 100 Bloody Acres is definitely a funny, gory ride into Australia. It's heartfelt, and while it's not without minor flaws, it watchable, rewatchable and a damn fine and funny movie.

Synopsis (from Doppleganger Films):

In 100 Bloody Acres, brothers Reg and Lindsay Morgan are struggling to keep their organic blood and bone fertilizer business in motion. Their secret “recipe” for success (using dead car crash victims in their product) was a huge boon to business, but lately supply has been gravely low. Months have passed since their last find, and an important new customer is now waiting on a delivery. When junior partner Reg (Damon Herriman of Justified) stumbles upon 3 travelers stranded on a remote country road, he cooks up a radical solution to their problem, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his bossy big brother (Angus Sampson, featured in the upcoming Insidious: Chapter 2). But when Reg starts to fall for Sophie, one of the intended victims, things get complicated.


Any time you hear the words" blood and bone fertilizer business", you should automatically assume gore and lots of it. Thankfully we have a script that love the red stuff, a director willing to make the red stuff funny and an effects team that executes the splatter nicely (save for what appears to be the occasional heinous CG splat). While you have to wait to get down to the guts, you'll be glad you waited.

The comic timing is appropriate and relationships well established meaning that you'll be able to laugh often and with ease while endearing yourself to some fairly strange individuals on both side of the bone grinder. This isn't a movie that necessarily relies on heavy plot twists for captivation. More or less you'll be wondering who gets it next, how and how much of their insides will we see on the lens. You'll hate the people you're supposed to hate, and love the ones you're supposed to love. That's half the battle with a movie of this type whose narrative depends heavily on transformation of characters.

The opening is somewhat slow, and it'll take you awhile to get to the juice and the fun. It's definitely worth the wait. By the mid-second act you'll be laughing with some regularity and waiting for some of the more straightforward funnies to begin. The more elaborate slapstick is saved for the third act including some fairly ordinary word play that at first will seem out of place but evolves into something of a complex laugh riot... for a minute anyway.

Juicy gore. Hot Aussie girlie. Funny blood/bone farmers. The hunt for vital nutrients and strange things in the boot of a car (as well as my first Australian motorcycle cop). This is zany that works within it's budget well and understands how to entertain. There's no deep seeded meaning in 100 Bloody Acres. There is only blood and romance (of a sort) and cut throat rivalries.

You can pick up 100 Bloody Acres NOW! 

If we have to compare this to a funny horror movie, let's try Motel Hell and say that it isn't quite that funny, but it has all the trappings of a good attempt at farming with a twist plus gore.


1 comment:

  1. I've seen it on Amazon, but I'm definitely sold now. And I want to rewatch Motel Hell now! Thanks for the heads-up!