100 Bloody Acres (2013)
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as Reg Morgan
as Lindsay Morgan
as Sgt. Burke
as Charlie Wick
as Bernard St John
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100 Bloody Acres is as mercurial as its central character, breezily offbeat one moment, spattered in gonzo gore the next. It's as if the filmmakers ground the bits of other movies fine enough that it made a rich foundation for their own.
This is a smartly written and acted and exceptionally well-directed movie.
It sounds appalling, but "100 Bloody Acres" has a spring in its step.
This fairly rote tale of rural ghouls and their passing-through prey has its own hick charm, mostly because of performers who never overplay their hands.
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I don't really have an idea of whether to give the film 2.5 or 3 stars. I did like the gore, there's some good moments of dark comedy, and the cast is perfectly solid. I did have some problems with the pacing of the film, I think it takes forever until it really gets going and even when it DOES get going, there's not really much it does to keep you intrigued. Perhaps intrigued is the wrong word, because I was interested in seeing where the film was going, It's just that it's a little slow in getting there. And this film isn't really that long to begin with, so that's certainly a problem I had with the film. The script is solid, full of plenty comedic moments and Reg's arc finally overcoming the abuse he's sustained from Lindsay since he was a kid was pretty good, if unimpressive. The film has some funny moments, for example when James and Sophie are arguing about Sophie's affair with Wes as James is tied up and has a tape over his mouth. It doesn't read that well, but it works well in execution. There are also some pretty gross moments involving cunnilingus with a 70+ year old woman. Out of all the gore, the blood, and the violence...the film's grossest moment is, by far, cunnilingus with a very old female. This definitely has its moments, but I think its slow pacing, which sometimes has a lot to do with your enjoyment of the film, keeps this film from reaching its full potential. Maybe if this was shorter, and this is short as it is, and the pacing was a little faster, then this film would've been much better. Despite the rating, I did have fun watching this film but I found it to be average at best. There's enough good stuff in here to make it worth watching and to keep your eyes on the directors that made this film, because they're already talented, it's just that their first feature film doesn't reach its full potential.
This Aussie romp about inept murder-brothers (played by Angus Sampson [above right] and Damon Herriman [The Square, House of Wax, Justified]) exemplifies what a horror-comedy should be. The quips are laugh-out-loud worthy, the physical humour is never absurd or bad enough to take you out of the moment, the premise is original enough, the reference humour is played well and doesn't get in your face (which I truly appreciate, and makes for the much better laugh), it's just haphazard enough to feel roller-coster-y without feeling disjointed, from a formulaic standpoint it stands heads and shoulders above most other films of the genre. Unfortunately, this is about all that 100 Bloody Acres can really say for itself. It's true there's virtually nothing bad about it, but nothing stands out about beyond this either. It's a solid film, a recommendable one even, but there's no real staying factor here, and I fear its value will slip with the passing of time, which is unfortunate for such a rare bit of perfectly-toeing-the-line horror/comedy. 68% -Gimly
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