Australian brothers Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes are making their feature film debut with 100 BLOODY ACRES. A black comedy in which a group of young concert-goers run afoul of a couple of brothers (Angus Sampson and Damon Herriman) whose blood and bone fertilizer business has seen a significant uptick in fortunes with the addition of human corpses to the mix, the film manages to subvert the typical TEXAS CHAINSAW set-up through an uncanny ability to zig when the audience is expecting a zag, and the Cairnes’ willingness to push relationship moments to the fore in the midst of all the gore.
I got an opportunity to talk with the Cairnes about their approach to horror and how they came up with Angus Sampson’s beard. Click on the player to hear the show.
Call it a cultural difference. Here in the U.S, our serial killers are quiet loners who nurse secret agendas and conduct their grim business on their own. In Australia, the most notorious case of serial murder involved the personable, charismatic John Bunting (Daniel Henshall), who came into the poverty-stricken community of Snowtown, staged neighborhood watch meetings, and from them gathered together a small corps of cohorts — including his girlfriend’s impressionable, teenage son (newcomer Lucas Pittaway) — to help rid the place of “deviants” in increasingly sadistic ways. As directed Justin Kurzel, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS is a horror film that gains all the more impact for its basis in reality, showing how people in the depths of destitution and despair will willingly surrender themselves to a cunning and seductive evil.
Click on the player to hear my interview with Kurzel.
Award-winning novelist Julia Leigh makes a hell of a directorial debut with her quiet fantasia, SLEEPING BEAUTY, the story of a young college student (Emily Browning) who becomes immersed in a strange world of desire when she signs on as employee of a service that drugs women and allows men — frequently much older — to do whatever they wish with the inert bodies (with the strict proviso that there be no penetration or damage).
Dark, provocative, erotic, the film inspires a multitude of responses, frequently within the same second of footage. And once you get past the tale’s elegant mise en scene and sensuous atmosphere, don’t be surprised to discover Leigh has posed some intriguing questions on love, death, and all the impulses that drive our species. Sex is 99% brain, after all.
Click on the player to hear my interview with Leigh.
See the trailer for SLEEPING BEAUTY at mightymoviepodcast.com