100 Bloody Acres (2013)

All things agricultural take on a murderous tint in this new Australian horror comedy from Colin and Cameron Cairnes. Damon Herriman (Justified) and Angus Sampson (Insidious) play Reg and Lindsay Morgan; a couple of brothers who run and operate a blood and bone fertilizer company in the country. When a trio of twenty-somethings are stranded by the side of the road on their way to festival, they seem to be in luck when Reg offers them a lift in his truck. Unfortunately, a bumpy journey leads to the discovery of the horrific secret behind the Morgan’s prize winning fertilizer and fight for the trio’s lives.

Reminiscent of Tucker and Dale vs Evil, 100 Bloody Acres’ humour comes from the scripts fondness to charge head first at the tropes of horror, cracking them and letting the reality of the situation bleed in. Case in point, the aftermath of a horrific act of violence is followed by the earnest query, ‘You alright there mate?’, whilst the story’s ‘surviving virgin’ isn’t completely everything they’re cracked up to be. Sampson and Herriman are a joy to watch as the murderous Morgans – Sampson’s monotone Lindsay taking the nervous Reg under his wing and almost squeezing the life out of him.

Originally written as a straight out horror, the arrival of Wolf Creek made the Cairnes rethink their initial script and we should be thankful. For what could have been another generic, by the numbers, redneck slasher has blossomed into an outstanding prime cut of independent comedy horror. Something akin to a children’s entertainer with an axe behind his back.

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