Okay, it is the world’s worst kept secret that I love B-movies. Love them, love them, love them.
The B-movier, the better.
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.
Written by Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner
Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner
Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill
When I saw Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead sitting on the shelf while wandering through Best Buy’s movie section, I knew that I had to watch it.
I didn’t buy it, of course. I figured I’d get around to watching it on Netflix at some point.
Today, oh, glorious day, was that day.
Everything you need to know about Wyrmwood is right there on the poster: “Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead.”
Well, that’s not quite right. Oh, the Mad Max/Road Warrior part is right: Australia, lonely man who lost his family, quest for fuel, crazy armor-costumes, and even some of George Miller’s long, low, road scenes shot from just off the pavement. It even stole, apparently, some visual aspects from the recent Fury Road, without necessarily knowing what those elements actually meant in that movie. Like they’d seen the trailers and gone, “that looks cool! what do you thing it is? Who cares! Put it in the movie!”
But it’s really a pretty beautiful film in spots, really, for a movie apparently made with a budget of precisely AU$46.82.
It’s the Dawn of the Dead that I disagree with. Well, not disagree, precisely, but I think there’s a better, but similar, comparison to be made here:
Shawn of the Dead.
Quasi-military forces patrolling/controlling the populace? Check.
Crazy (like super-ridiculously-crazy) scientist performing experiments that we don’t understand and are never really explained? Check.
[Shadow note: the “Doctor’s” dance music is awesome.]
Now, I know the SotD didn’t have a crazy scientist, but it’s still a perfect point of comparison for Wyrmwood‘s zombie side. Silly humor, presented with cold efficiency and sincerity, impeccably timed and skillfully shot.
God, I live to find B-movies of this caliber.
Watch it, watch it, watch it.