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by James Newcombe (subscribe)
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Published July 30th 2013
New Aussie black comedy will have you laughing and squirming
100 Bloody Acres, Australian horror movie, horror-comedy, black comedy, Damon Herriman, Angas Sampson, Anna McGahan, dark humour, Australian comedy, Australian film.
Image courtesy music Box Films website


Co-writers and directors Cameron and Colin Cairnes make mince-meat out of the black comedy genre in their debut feature film 100 Bloody Acres.

100 Bloody Acres, Australian horror movie, horror-comedy, black comedy, Damon Herriman, Angas Sampson, Anna McGahan, dark humour, Australian comedy, Australian film.
Angus Sampson plays creepy, backward yokel Lindsay Morgan, one half of Morgan Brothers' fertilizers. Image courtesy music Box Films website.


The story centres around two brothers, Reg (Damon Herriman) and Lindsay Morgan (Angas Sampson) who run an organic blood and bone fertilizer business in outback Australia. After a tragic accident in the nearby town claims six lives, the two steal the bodies from the scene and after adding them to their special "mix", they become the kings of the local fertiliser industry.

100 Bloody Acres, Australian horror movie, horror-comedy, black comedy, Damon Herriman, Angas Sampson, Anna McGahan, dark humour, Australian comedy, Australian film.
Jamie Kristian plays English backpacker Wesley. Image courtesy music Box Films website.


With fresh "road kill" supplies dwindling, Reg stumbles upon some hitchhikers and sees a radical solution to their supply problems. In order to please his overbearing, rageaholic brother and as a way of finally gaining his respect, he decides to bring the kids back to the fertiliser factory for "processing". The film descends into a comical and gory farce as the trio struggle to avoid ending up as ingredients in the brothers' next batch of fertiliser.

100 Bloody Acres, Australian horror movie, horror-comedy, black comedy, Damon Herriman, Angas Sampson, Anna McGahan, dark humour, Australian comedy, Australian film.
Lindsay Morgan (Angas Sampson) left, and younger brother Reg (Damon Herriman). Damon is adept at playing socially awkward, amiable yet sinister characters. Image courtesy music Box Films website.


Whilst I found the character of Reg and some of the ideas a little clichéd, Anna McGahan steals the show as sweet but not so innocent Sophie. This splatter-fest provides some serious laugh out loud moments whilst also delivering a few uncomfortable scenes of horror.

100 Bloody Acres, Australian horror movie, horror-comedy, black comedy, Damon Herriman, Angas Sampson, Anna McGahan, dark humour, Australian comedy, Australian film.
Anna McGahan may be a rookie but brings substance to the role of Sophie. Here she is a captive on the couch with Jamie Kristian (as Wesley). Image courtesy music Box Films website.


100 Bloody Acres maintains its own hick charm; with sly Australian humour, obscure Aussie novelty tunes soundtrack and strong production values and cinematography. Not for the faint-hearted, this gruesome, bizarre horror-comedy provides a whole new twist on "recycling".

100 Bloody Acres, Australian horror movie, horror-comedy, black comedy, Damon Herriman, Angas Sampson, Anna McGahan, dark humour, Australian comedy, Australian film.
Jamie Kristian (as Wesley) escapes from a car boot. Image courtesy music Box Films website.
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Why? For the best Aussie black comedy this year!
When: coming soon
Where: At all good cinemas
Cost: Varies depending on session times and location
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