Tags: Murder - Comedy - Hunting - Survival
Director: Colin Cairnes & Cameron Cairnes
Producers: Julie Ryan & Kate Croser
Writer: Cameron Cairnes & Colin Cairnes
Starring: Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, and Anna McGahan
MPAA Rating: NR
Studio: Cyan Films
Release: August 4th, 2012 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
Did Ya Know: The name of film student movie producer in the horror movie Cut (2000) was Hester Ryan (Sarah Kants). The production manager on Cut (2000) was Julie Ryan, who went on to become a film producer, and has produced such horror movies as Scare Campaign (2016) and 100 Bloody Acres (2012).
An Australian horror comedy from brother film-makers Colin and Cameron Cairnes. Starring Damon Herriman, Angus Sampson, and Anna McGahan. It premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 4th, 2012 to some luke-warm reviews.
The Morgan Brothers, Reg and Lindsay, have been using dead bodies in their organic fertilizer business, and business is a-booming. Unfortunately, they have fallen on some slow times and it’s getting harder and harder to find a good dead body. That’s when Reg, the younger, comes across three stranded tourists. Sophie, her boyfriend James, and his friend Wes who are on their way to a music festival. Needless to say, they get caught up in the Organic Manure business in a bloody bad way.
The story is really good. Both Colin and Cameron Cairnes shared the writing duties and delivered an original script that took some fun twists and turns. Full of that very special Australian humor. And it’s actually quite funny. A bit corny, but not overbearing, mixed with terror inducing suspense. There are some great special effects provided by Justin Dix and Dale Bamford. Top notch gore. Well… aside from some very brief terrible CGI splatter.
The cast is great too. I thought Angus Sampson did an amazing job as Lindsay Morgan. He is so damn scary. It was great seeing a John Jarratt cameo in there too. That guy is awesome.
The movie never feels like a slog. It’s a very suspenseful 90 minutes that keeps you on the edge of your seat. But at the same time. The film cuts the tension with some well timed humor. Not hilarious but light-hearted and witty. While this isn’t the best horror movie. It’s not the worst either. Definitely one of the best random Shudder choices in a long time.