Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

10911315_851903121529059_3486466075104065835_o-578x851Happy day 29 of my #31DaysOfHorror guys! Thank you so much for coming and reading the nonsense that I have to say. I haven’t checked out a zombie flick in a while, and this one got recommended a couple of times, so lets talk about Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead.

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.

This movie is way more fun than I would have expected, a low budget flick from Australia, directed by Kiah Roache-Turner in his feature debut, this is a pretty high-energy movie that does a lot with very little. This was written by Roache-Turner and his brother Tristan. The two of them clearly work well together, and together they’ve written a wicked, bloody, road movie with zombies, and together with cinematographer Tim Nagle, have pulled off a really slick, violent movie that was a hugely pleasant surprise.

In terms of actors, I haven’t heard of anyone in this particular flick, but I really look forward to seeing what comes next for them. Apparently there’s a sequel coming, so hopefully they’ll make an appearance there. Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, and Leon Burchill make up the main chunk of the cast, and all three of them are really fun to watch. I really wish there was more that I could say about the cast, but this is one of those times when I don’t really anything to overly praise or especially complain about. Everyone is fun, watchable and delivers a perfectly fine performance.

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Wyrmwood has a really appealing look to it, and will definitely appeal to those of you looking for a bloodbath. There are some lousy computer blood effects, but they pair those up with more practical effects that work really well, and make for a pretty effective zombie movie. It’s easy to write of zombie movies these days, and a lot of the posters or cover art for this one can look like a weak movie, and I definitely made that mistake for a year, this one came out last September, and I have a feeling has been criminally under appreciated.

At the end of the day, there’s not a ton that I can say about this. It’s a zombie movie, so you can guess pretty much what you’re getting yourself into story wise, but this one has fun performances, and keeps a really good pace from start to finish. Definitely worth your time if you’re looking for something you probably missed. I wish I had more to say about it, but you should just watch it.

RATING: ***

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