100 Bloody Acres

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100 Bloody Acres
100 Bloody Acres.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Colin Cairnes
Cameron Cairnes
Produced by Julie Ryan
Kate Croser
Written by Colin Cairnes
Cameron Cairnes
Starring Damon Herriman
Angus Sampson
Anna McGahan
Music by Glenn Richards
Cinematography John Brawley
Edited by Dale Dunne
Joshua Waddell
Production
  company
Cyan Films
Distributed by America - Doppelganger Releasing/Music Box
Australia - Hopscotch
International Sales - The Works International
Release date(s)
  • 4 August 2012 (2012-08-04) (Melbourne International Film Festival)[1]
Running time 90 minutes
Box office $5,972 (US)[2]

100 Bloody Acres is a 2012 Australian horror comedy film directed and written by brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes.

Plot[edit]

Reg and Lindsay Morgan own and operate a small blood and bone fertilizer business in country South Australia. While making local deliveries and the occasional roadkill pick up, Reg encounters the crash site of a van, the driver dead inside. Reg recovers the body from the crash and puts it in the back of his own truck. Making his way back to the brothers' plant, Reg is delayed again, this time by three tourists stuck on the side of the road: Sophie, a young woman; James, Sophie's boyfriend; and Wes, James' friend, with whom Sophie is having an affair. Reg takes an instant attraction to Sophie, and, against his better judgement, allows the three to ride with him.

Wes and James ride in the back of the truck with the hidden corpse, and Sophie rides up front with Reg. Sophie gets to know Reg, while James tells Wes that he plans to marry Sophie. The pair soon discover the corpse and fear for their lives. Sophie starts to find things in common with Reg, but Reg's anxiety gets the better of him. This unnerves Sophie, and, as soon as the truck arrives at the plant, Reg detains her. Lindsay arrives and demands to know what is going on. Reg suggests that they can grind the people into fertilizer, and Lindsay berates him for his lack of planning for such a bold crime. Ultimately, Lindsay agrees to Reg's idea, and it is revealed that the pair have ground humans in the past: in order to create a new formula for their fertilizer, the pair ground a group of charity volunteers who crashed and died in a nearby road accident.

Wes and James are soon detained with Sophie, and the trio watch as Reg and Lindsay grind the driver. At the last minute, Reg becomes convinced that the man is still alive and tries to save him, to no avail. When Wes cuts himself loose and escapes, Lindsay pursues him. Sophie takes advantage of the situation and attempts to seduce Reg, much to James' chagrin. Reg catches on to the ruse and exposes Sophie's infidelity with Wes, further angering James. Lindsay soon returns with Wes, accumulating the body of a local police officer along the way. Reg now begins to have serious second thoughts about the pair's actions. When Nancy, their elderly neighbor, surprises the brothers with a visit, Lindsay stuffs Reg in a car boot with Wes, cutting off Wes' hand in the process. Reg and Wes work together to escape, and Reg enters the house alone to confront his brother.

Reg overhears Lindsay tell Nancy that Reg has moved away, perhaps permanently. As Reg gathers his courage, Lindsay and Nancy begin to have sex. Severely disturbed, Reg decides instead to stealthily steal Lindsay's keys. As he is about to take them, Wes stumbles into the house, looking for his missing hand. In a fit of rage, Lindsay kills Wes and Nancy, and Reg flees with the keys. James and Sophie panic when they hear the gunshots, but Sophie decides to return to the farm when she hears Reg call out to her; James angrily breaks up with Sophie as she leaves. After a brief struggle, Lindsay overpowers and ties up Reg. As Lindsay prepares Reg for grinding, Sophie returns and distracts Lindsay. Reg is able to pull him in to the grinder, killing him; afterward, Sophie and Reg share a momentary attraction. In a post credits scene, James hysterically runs onto the road and is killed by a reckless driver.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Producer Julie Ryan met the Cairnes brothers at the Australian Film Commission's IndiVision Lab in 2008, and her company Cyan Films, became attached to the project just prior to the Cairnes brothers winning the Horror-Thriller category for scriptwriting at the 2010 Slamdance Writing Competition. The film was funded by Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, Film Victoria and the Melbourne International Film Festival Premiere Fund.[3] In January 2012, production for the film started in Adelaide, South Australia.[4]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2012 and received favorable reviews from Variety and Twitch.[5][6] It was then in Official Selection at the 2013 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival,[7] and released in the US 28 June 2013.

Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 87% of 31 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 6.6/10.[8] Matt Zoller Seitz of rogerebert.com called it "the best low-budget horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead, and one of the most assured first features in ages."[9] Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times wrote that film lacks originality but "has its own hick charm, mostly because of performers who never overplay their hands."[10] Mark Olsen of the Los Angeles Times called it a "giddy, delightful gross-out horror-comedy mash-up".[11] Drew Hunt of the Chicago Reader wrote, "Though entertaining enough as a genre exercise, the film is too simplistic to transcend its base concept."[12] Megan Lehmann of The Hollywood Reporter called it an "off-the-wall Australian splatter-comedy" with "lively performances" and "a shrewdly structured screenplay".[13]

Awards[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Award
(3rd)
Best Original Screenplay Cameron Cairnes Nominated
Colin Cairnes Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Angus Sampson Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "100 Bloody Acres". Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF). Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=100bloodyacres.htm
  3. ^ Groves, Don (16 July 2012). "100 Bloody Acres mixes gags and gore". SBS.com.au. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Swift, Brendan (16 January 2012). "100 Bloody Acres begins production with Damon Herriman and Angus Sampson". IF.com.au. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Kuipers, Richard (19 August 2012). "100 Bloody Acres". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Bellette, Kwenton (20 August 2012). "MIFF 2012 Review: 100 BLOODY ACRES world premiere". Twitch Film. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "100 Bloody Acres". BIFFF (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival). Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "100 Bloody Acres (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Seitz, Matt Zoller (28 June 2013). "100 Bloody Acres". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (27 June 2013). "Think Fertilizer Is Yucky? Try This Kind". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Olsen, Mark (27 June 2013). "Review: '100 Bloody Acres' of goofball gore". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Hunt, Drew (27 June 2013). "100 Bloody Acres". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  13. ^ Lehmann, Megan (26 June 2013). "100 Bloody Acres: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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