Last year BZF showcased the trailer for the then upcoming film Wyrmwood, fast forward a few months, with a new subtitle added and this loud and proud Aussie zombie flick finally made it onto cinema screens for a limited release. The session I attended was completely sold out and apparently this was the trend for most of the screenings around the country.
With a promise of Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead, I will admit that the director/writer/producers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner (yes they are brothers) have certainly delivered a commendable film on a measly $160,000 budget!
Wyrmwood has no problem dishing out zombie after zombie and the action sequences are well choreographed. The storyline hurtles along at a blistering pace, as we the audience try to hold onto as many severed limbs as possible for the ride. The main character Barry the mechanic is supported by a superb supporting cast and a special mention must go to Leon Burchill who delivers an excellent performance as Barry's hilarious sidekick.
Without giving too much away, I was impressed by the inventive elements that were explored in what is already a well trodden genre. These creative ideas certainly set Wyrmwood aside from its bigger brothers and it's no surprise that a sequel has been announced with a loose release date somewhere in 2017. My only personal criticism for the film was that the writers took a few liberties when it came to forcing the audience to accept certain premises within story. This wasn't a major problem, but I found myself asking once or twice 'what/how did that happen and why?' I think with maybe a bit more time dedicated to the world surrounding Wyrmwood this would certainly aid in grounding the characters and the action around them.
Check out the trailer for this fantastic addition to the Aussie zombie genre as you enter the world of Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead!!
Bite you later
Mr Vitamin G