Who doesn’t love a good Australian horror movie? If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Ozploitation”, you should really check out the amazing documentary, “Not Quite Hollywood”. If you’ve managed to miss all of these golden genre movies from the land down under, it will be quite the eyeopening experience. Just remember to grab a pen and paper, because there’s going to be at least twenty films you’ll want to seek out. A while back, we did an entire series titled The Ozpoitation Files, where some of us, as well as several guest contributors, outlined some of the greater Aussie genre fare. You can find that here, if you are interested. So, suffice it to say, any time a new horror film comes out of that region, it automatically has my attention. I had heard of 100 Bloody Acres before the product review requests started coming in, but I knew absolutely nothing about it. I put the disc in hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. Thankfully, what I got was a little slice of awesome.
100 Bloody Acres follows Reg and Lindsay, played by Damon Herriman and Angus Sampson respectively. Reg and Lindsay are small business owners. Their business, is “blood and bone” fertilizer, which normally entails scooping up roadkill off of the side of the road to throw into what appears to be a modified wood chipper for processing. When Reg happens across a vehicular accident, with the driver of the vehicle appearing to be dead, he takes the initiative and packs the corpse in his truck to help boost production. As he’s transporting the cargo, he comes across a group of friends making their way to a local music festival. After they hitch a ride with Reg, will they make it to their destination, or will they become some local rube’s lawn fertilizer?
I can see how, maybe, 100 Bloody Acres won’t work for some of the more casual viewers. After all, not a lot happens. It’s not an action movie, and it’s definitely not a gorefest, though there are a few instances of perfectly executed on-screen violence. 100 Bloody Acres is more of an independent horror/comedy. Though, unlike other people, I refuse to compare it to Shaun of the Dead. Every comedic horror film that has been released since that film, has somebody trying to compare the two. Fans of Shaun of the Dead are not automatically going to be fans of 100 Bloody Acres. And, while I love Shaun, it’s nearly perfect, it’s a completely different type of Comedy. This is more of a subtle movie, where much of the comedy comes from either the perfect implementation of music, as well as the shockingly solid performances from the entire cast, especially for a film like this. The two standout performances most certainly come from Damon Herriman, who some of you may recognize as Dewy Cox from FX’s Justified, and Angus Sampson, otherwise known as the “Hot Pocket Man”(Tucker) from Insidious and Insidious: Chapter 2.
Considering what I expected going in, 100 Bloody Acres was an extremely pleasant surprise. I would assume a film of this quality would have had a little more buzz behind it before it was dumped onto DVD/Blu-Ray. I know that it’s possible that it’s just not everyone’s cup of tea, but I know for certain that it wasn’t just myself that loved it. TLD contributor/homie Eric King(Brobocop) enjoyed it just as much. The film has done several festivals, so perhaps it just appeals to our specific sense of humor? I don’t know. I can’t imagine watching it and not finding any enjoyment. It’s certainly one of the best indie horror films I’ve seen, for at least the entire year of 2013. 100 Bloody Acres was released to DVD by Music Box Films. It appears that the Blu-Ray has been delayed by a few weeks, and that will be released on the 22nd of this month. If you like quirky, exceptionally effective independent horror/comedy hybrids, I would recommend this as a blind buy.