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Hysterical, cringe-worthy and bloody are just a few of the adjectives that I’d use to describe the Australian comedy-horror film 100 Bloody Acres. It takes guts to attempt making an audience laugh and squirm at the same time (pun intended); yet, the latest offering from the Cairnes brothers manages to achieve this feat remarkably well.
100 Bloody Acres follows the sinister endeavours of two men, Reg (Damon Herriman) and Lindsay (Angus Sampson) Morgan, who run a small organic fertiliser business in South Australia. Unbeknownst to their customers, the fertiliser they produce contains a secret ingredient—the victims of fatal car crashes. With a deadline for one of their biggest clients coming up, the brothers’ grizzly business plan begins to snowball—after all, desperate times call for desperate measures—when Reg comes across a group of three hitchhikers on his way back from recovering a corpse from a crash site. Hilarity and catastrophe ensue in equal measure.
Although its storyline initially sounds completely ridiculous (or just plain terrible), 100 Bloody Acres proved to be surprisingly enjoyable—hilarious and slightly scary in parts. Although the genres of comedy and horror are normally seen as polar opposites, some directors manage to pull off this daring juxtaposition, and this film is no exception. Despite being more of a comedy than a horror, 100 Bloody Acres has enough gore to keep horror fans engaged, while mixing in a perfect blend of dark humour and plain absurdity that keeps the audience cracking up and wanting more.
If you’re a fan of Shaun of the Dead and the films it subsequently inspired, then 100 Bloody Acres will almost certainly appeal to you. With a strong cast and great directors, this movie is, in my opinion, an unmitigated success which had me laughing out loud within the first few minutes. In short, it is definitely worth watching!