A Review by Cult
Written & Directed by Colin & Cameron Cairnes
OHBA (shortened to prevent digit damage) failed to receive a wide cinematic release in the States, a fact I find disheartening and rather puzzling as on any given day there are a myriad of others that enjoy this that definitely shouldn't. Following an unfruitful search in hopes to find this Aussie treat, I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to employ alternate means for its retrieval. Having at last found it I settled down with a copious array of snacks and a larger than deemed necessary alcoholic beverage to finally view it.
Within the first minute we are subjected to a scene showing the aftermath of a car accident, in which the driver appears unconscious. Reg Morgan, arguably the movie's main character played by Damon Herriman, tries repeatedly to get any kind of reaction, and getting none he proceeds to pull the unfortunate from the wrecked vehicle only causing him more unnecessary injuries as he makes the attempt. It is at this point that the viewer should realize this movie has a “gallows humor” comedic edge to it. It was at this point that your humble host began to really take note. That's where the spoilers end folks, unlike Feind I attempt to post spoiler free, although admittedly it is rather difficult when reporting on a movie that leaves such an impression upon you that you positively burst with desire to discuss certain positively unforgettable scenes within it.
Other characters, in a very limited cast, include a cameo from John Jarratt ('Mad Mick' of Wolf Creek fame) playing an altogether too friendly and ultimately naive motorcycle cop and a trio of youths: Sophie, James and Wesley, all of which are involved in a quite convoluted love triangle.
One of the youths is obsessed with Rave culture and its trappings. Partway through the movie he introduces a joint to James, only to be refused a light (For Shame!) and informed they are surrounded by methane so it's probably not the best of ideas. Wesley weighs the pros and cons deciding instead to pop a mind altering tab of acid which begins to take effect with hilarious results as part of a hallucinogenically enhanced chase scene later in the movie. Sophie is the alluring maiden of the film, played by Anna McGahan, and also the reason for the complicated tryst between the three young travelers.
Ahh, the indecision and rambunctious nature of youth!
There are plenty of scenes in this movie that are worthy of a mention.
One I must briefly touch on includes an aged friend of the Morgan brother, Lindsay, her overly excitable and curious dog and a surprisingly unexpected act of uhhh… well that would be giving it away, therein lies my scribbling partner's area of expertise, not mine. (Feind the Spoiler , look for him in a future episode of Game of Groans, haha!)
**One day Cult may learn the hard way not to mess with his editor! – Feind
The acting from all involved is fantastic, their interactions in many a calamitous situation is not too over the top, something the audience could possibly relate to if , hypothetically, placed in the same situation, the results of which are usually comical nevertheless!
I am also glad to report that the movie stays interesting; I'll be the first to admit that even the most enjoyable films have at least a boring moment or two. Several of the characters become easily despisable as their idiosyncrasies develop nearing the movie's climax. Reg, however, continues to struggle and IMHO remains likeable as the movie progresses (he hardly seems like a bad chap at all, more a person hoping to impress a parental-esque sibling while being stuck in a situation he is unable to control) giving the audience someone to root for. Sophie doesn’t seem to be able to fit that role as she transform from what Reg refers to as a “city slut” into a character with a penchant for what is commonly referred to as Stockholm Syndrome. Angus Sampson plays Lindsay Morgan doing an incredible job of portraying a bullying tyrannical sibling intent on only one thing: finding the finest main ingredient for the Morgan fertilizer formula!
An early scene portrays his role perfectly:
Lindsay: Reg come here.
Reg: You're not gonna hurt me, are ya?
Fifteen seconds later Reg is clamped in his bigger brother's arms losing air fast as they tighten around his neck.
Give this movie a peek, it surprised me and quite honestly you could do a lot worse by picking a Hollywood financed and mass produced teenage horror romp. C'mon... this one has giant prize pumpkins and a wicked shredding machine. What else do you need? Seriously?!?
Just THE SHIT!