Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead: Blu Ray Review
Released by Sony Home Ent
They're everywhere in popular culture now, but this Aussie mash of the zombies and Mad Max visuals actually feels a lot fresher than perhaps you'd expect.
(And certainly fresher than the putrid corpses within).
Set in the Aussie outback, it's the story of Barry and his family who become the victims of the onset of a zombie plague and who battle for survival. Things aren't much better for Barry's sister, Brooke, an artist whose subjects turn on her and who finds herself in a government experiment as the situation gets worse.
Wyrmwood certainly shows no elements of its budgetary constraints (rumoured cost around $160K) and is gory in the extreme in parts.
It's also inventive as well, with meshes of the different genres clearly in play throughout. But the writers don't lose touch with the emotional side of events with one particular sequence oozing with desperation and tragedy (to say more would be to spoil it).
With Mad Max: Fury Road heading to cinemas soon, it's inevitable there will be some visual comparisons, but adding touches like having the zombies ooze a green gas emitted from their mouths is a nice visual that sets these undead slightly away from the rest of the hordes.
Fans of the genres will adore it and it's easy to see why it's lauded. Granted, it's not going to be everyone's cup of tea given the central story, but any film which can breathe life into the undead who continue to be flogged deserves kudos.