8/11/2015

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

 
Title: Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (Original title: Wyrmwood)
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Writer: Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner
Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie, Yure Covich, Keith Agius, Catherine Terracini
Year: 2014
Min: 98

Barry's (Jay Gallahger) world gets torn apart in the midst of the zombie apocalypse. His wife and little daughter turn into flesh eating zombies, and he has to deal with them. Meanwhile, his sister Brooke (Bianca Bradley) is kidnapped and experimented on. As, he goes looking for her, he finds and befriends fellow survivor Benny (Leon Burchill). Together they are eventually joined by a few survivors as they discover that zombie blood can be used as fuel for a car. Can they get to Brooke in time and just what the fuck has the mad doctor done to her?!

Australian action/ horror flick Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead has been described as Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead, but that ain't just hype. Nope, this awesome ass kicker is that and a whole lot more! It is the single best zombie movie since Shaun of the Dead, and one of the most original movies of it's kind in countless of ages. Fun, gory, wild, and action packed, director and co-writer Kiah Roache-Turner keeps things at full-fucking throttle. From beginning to end this one never lets up and always entertains.

The action scenes are thrilling and the gore easily registers a 10 on the splatter-meter. They include exploding heads, gory squibs, axe hackings, flesh eating, immolation, amputation, and more. The make-up FX are expertly done by Nicolle Adrichem. The zombies look really cool, and personally speaking, I love the fact they scream when they attack. The costume and vehicle design are most excellent, and helps it to wear it's Mad Max inspiration proudly on it's bloody, leather sleeves. On side note, these characters would make killer action figures! Someone get on that shit, right now!


Also, excellent is the acting. The cast is wonderful and do a great job carrying the story. Jay Gallagher makes for such a likeable hero, that it is easy to cheer him, and his companion who is played so well by Leon Burchill. Bianca Bradey gives one of the most fun and kick ass performances in a horror film this year, as our awesome heroine Brooke. Her character is destined to join the ranks of badass heroines in horror film history like Ripley from the Aliens franchise or Selene from the Underworld films. Plus, she is an absolute stunner, and a new addition to my horror crush list. The rest of cast also give fine supporting performances.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead has a lot to live up in just it's mere concept, but it more than deftly does that. In fact, it exceeded even my high expectations. It manages to do so much in the admit ably overdone zombie sub-genre and manages to feel fresh and inspired because of that. 53 minutes into this movie, and I saw what was essentially more entertaining, fun, and original than five fucking seasons of The Walking Dead could ever dream being. In fact, it is thus far the best horror film of this year and is already in my top 3 overall movies of 2015. Available cheap on blu-ray or DVD and easily accessible via NetFlix, there is simply no fucking excuse for you not to see it. I give this destined to be a modern classic, my absolute, highest possible recommendation! 

**** out of ****

 

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