Wyrmwood Road of the Dead DVD Review

DVD Review by Rick Grimes
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

The Premise
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.

The Review
Zombies are a bit like fast food at this point in Popular Culture; ubiquitous but somewhat unfulfilling. However, just like fast food, at the right time on the right night a good Zombie flick can be incredible. Enter ‘Wyrmwood’ (or ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’) an Australian barnstormer of a movie (Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner) that knows the tropes of the genre and wants to take that history and blend pathos, classic Aussie humour, a splash of Mad Max and a few unexpected twists and enough visual flair that would make a manager at Chotchkie’s proud. It all comes together to make what I will unhesitatingly describe as a modern classic.

The cast throughout is excellent. Jay Gallagher as ‘Barry’ is the Aussie bloke who finds his world and family torn apart by the oncoming Zombie Apocalypse. Leon Burchill as ‘Benny’ is great comic relief and I could just list the entire cast but most notable is Bianca Bradey as ‘Brooke’, Barry’s sister, who initially fills the damsel in distress role but becomes something more. So much more.

Just to be clear, this movie is gory and violent, very violent, so don’t go in unprepared. The action and gore are superb. There is no room for subtlety in this movie. Shotguns, nail guns, harpoons and hammers are all put to good use and red mist permeates from the first scene. However the filmmakers know that some of the best Zombie movies aren’t just scary/violent, they are also funny, and they have come up with a couple of scenes that are hilarious. Watch the movie by yourself or watch it with a group, you’ll have a blast.

The Verdict
If you like Zombies, watch it. If you used to like Zombies, Watch it. If you like Movies, Watch It.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 15th April 2015
Rating: R16 - Contains violence, offensive language and horror
Duration: 98 minutes 
Genre:  horror
Starring: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradley, Leon Burchill
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
The film took 4 years to complete as they only worked weekends.