Monday, August 24, 2015

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

Original title: Wyrmwood

Director: Kiah Roache-Turner

Writers: Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner

Composer: Michael Lira

Starring: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie, Yure Covich, Keith Agius, Catherine Terracini, Berynn Schwerdt, Meganne West, Cain Thompson

More info: IMDb

Plot: Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor - together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nope.

OK, this film requires A LOT of suspension of disbelief to the point the movie is ruined if you start to nitpick it.  And there's no explanation on how things happen (like the psychic thing or the flammable blood, etc). That doesn't mean it's a deal killer but I can easily see how a lot of folks will be bothered by this, myself included.  However, it is rather fun. There are some good laughs, neat kills, lots of blood and so on.  I have to give the film makers some credit, they did a great job with what they had to work with.  It's a great looking picture and I really liked the locations.  One thing that bugged me (other than what I listed above) is that the film was constantly shifting in and out of focus on the foreground and background.  Maybe it was done to add a little something style-wise to the flick but it would have been much more effective if it was used sparingly instead of all over the place.  It's not that bad of a picture and it's truly worth watching just for Leon Burchill who plays Benny.  I loved that character.  It's on Netflix streaming right now so if you've got it and you're a horror fan, at least check out the Australian zombie picture for the good things it does and try to get through the not so good.

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