I finally got a chance to catch â€˜100 Bloody Acres,â€™ a hilarious horror movie from Australia that was released in 2012. As of this writing, itâ€™s free for Amazon Prime members. If, like me, you are a fan of â€˜Motel Hellâ€™ and â€˜Delicatessen,â€™ then you might enjoy this madcap take on the hitchhiker horror trope that features three millennials headed to a music festival and two sketchy brothers who manufacture a special blend, organic fertilizer. Pardon the reference, but hereâ€™s some food for thought.
Never Accept a Ride When the Back of the Truck Smells Funny
This is a given. Yet, three hapless travelers, whose car has broken down, decide to accept a ride from Reg Morgan, who is â€œmaking a delivery.â€ Thatâ€™s right, air quotes. As in most horror movies, Sophie, James, and Wes ignore all the signs and merrily plod on. Usually, this is a hallmark of a plot-driven story. On the other hand, if they didnâ€™t just go with it, the movie would have ended right after the opening credits, and weâ€™d miss all the fun.
Nevertheless, know this: if you should find yourself on a lonely, backwoods road, and a guy offers you a ride in his truck that happens to have a dead animal (and possibly something else) in the back, take a pass. No good ever comes from roadkill. And for crying out loud, if you do decide to brave it out, do not for the love of all that is good and holy take acid to enhance the experience.
Knocking the Bad Guy Out Never Works
One of the oldest movie tropesâ€”and this doesnâ€™t just go for horrorâ€”features the hero knocking out the bad guy with a gun or a club, then gleefully running away. Repeat after me: this never works. If you donâ€™t have the stomach to finish off the villain, then at least tie him up so he canâ€™t wake up and come after you again.
And as long as youâ€™re being thorough, take his weapon away. The characters who do not follow this advice once again betray a plot-driven movie, but in this case, the story is so comical, I didnâ€™t mind. I suppose you could argue that when in a situation like this, youâ€™re not thinking straight. Well, of course, you arenâ€™tâ€”you just took acid, you moron!
Surprise! Love Conquers All
To add to the hilarity, â€˜100 Bloody Acresâ€™ features a love triangle between Sophie, James, and Wes. Apparently, the girl is searching for something more in a relationship and, though she is technically â€œwithâ€ James, sheâ€™s been carrying on with Wes on the sly. But even that dalliance isnâ€™t enough for her.
I wonâ€™t spoil the ending for you. Suffice it to say that loveâ€”or lustâ€”really does conquer all. And speaking of endings, the interplay between all the characters sets this movie apart. Now, go watch. Hey, does anybody notice a weird smell in here?
Reg and Lindsay run an organic fertiliser business. They need a fresh supply of their â€œsecret ingredientâ€ to process through the meat grinder. Reg comes across two guys and a girl with a broken-down vehicle on their way to a music festival.