100 Bloody Acres is an example of a successful Australian twist on the overdone horror and gore genre. The movie is shocking but that’s due to the finer comedic and plot turns rather than from the use of traditional horror or gore techniques. The classic Australian music and the cameo from John Jarratt and a surprising appearance of Rebecca Gibney feature nicely with the comedic touches to play well to the Australian audiences.
Sampson is superb in his role as a domineering and dark Lindsay as he uses his deep voice and stare to the advantage of his character. Lindsay’s role in his own love triangle casts shadows over the generally-shallow position of the festival goers’ relationships and raises questions about what is expected within different relationship types. Herriman’s work as the hapless Reg manipulates the role well to create a loveable character out of a wrongdoer.
Set entirely within one sunny afternoon in the Adelaide Hills, the production, under the direction of Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes, shows off the beauty in some of the isolated farming communities as well as the darker side of small business operators.