Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Kiah Roache-Turner (2014)

94min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Don't be put off by the title - this energetic antipodean spin on the zombie apocalypse has much to recommend it. All the usual undead ingredients are on the menu - hordes of slavering flesh-eaters, lashings of splatter and a brutal battle for survival. But the outback-set tale of an everyman mechanic (Jay Gallagher) on a quest to find his sister (Bianca Bradey) takes some off-the-wall detours, particularly when she's abducted by a troop of masked paramilitaries commanded by a disco-dancing mad scientist with experiments to conduct. Add in dollops of mordant Aussie humour - keeping zombies on ice in the same place as the beers - and the spirit of Mad Max, The Evil Dead and Peter Jackson's Braindead, and you have a tidy little package of tension, terror and tongue-in-cheek fun. It's not in the class of Shaun of the Dead but this labour of love (four years in the making for film-maker brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner) is inventive DIY horror that harks back to Ozploitation's golden era.

Summary

Mechanic Barry's life implodes after getting a distressed call from his sister Brooke, who has just survived a crazed attack by two of her two friends. He discovers a zombie apocalypse has broken out and flees to the Outback where he joins fellow survivors Benny and Frank and uses his engineering skills to assemble makeshift armour and weapons, contending not only with the undead but also with sinister gasmask-wearing scientists and military men. Action horror, starring Jay Gallagher.

Cast & Crew

Barry Jay Gallagher
Brooke Bianca Bradey
Benny Leon Burchill
The Captain Luke McKenzie
Frank Keith Agius
The Doc Berynn Schwerdt
Director Kiah Roache-Turner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 May 2015
Drama