Netflix recommendation – Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
Directed by: Kiah Roache-Turner
If you, like me, are pretty burnt out on the zombie genre, odds are you didn’t look to closely at “Wyrmwood” upon it’s release. I admit that I dismissed it quickly, thinking “Oh great! As if ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Z Nation’ haven’t been disappointing enough, someone went and made a ‘Mad Max’ zombie mash up movie.”. And, to some degree, Kiah Roache- Turner’s pedal-to-the-medal Aussie horror flick is what I had expected. The good news is it is so much more!
I will keep my plot rundown short. Barry (Gallagher) is having one helluva day. Most of humanity has mutated into screaming, flesh-eating zombies, the infected included his wife and daughter (who he explains he had to kill with a nail gun), and now he has to rescue his sister from a mad scientist. Barry teams up with a couple of guys Benny (Burchill) and Frank (Agius), to build a zombie-proof monster truck and hit the road in search of his sister.
The set up is ridiculous, but Roache- Turner plays it perfectly. The film immediately acknowledges and embraces it’s own silliness. Once that is out of the way, Roache- Turner kicks things into even higher gear with incredible effects, and great performances from Gallagher, Burchill, and my favorite kick ass lady to this point of 2015 Bianca Bradey as Brooke. The director digs his hands into the bloody guts of the zombie genre and joyfully plays with them until he has made his masterpiece of originality.
“Wyrmwood” succeeds at everything it is trying to do. It is scary and tense, hilariously funny, gory, and most of all fun. Somehow, by some director magic, Roache- Turner is able to pack all of this into a 98 minute run time, and not sacrifice character development. It was really impressive. In fact, I am going to go ahead and say that “Wyrmwood” holds the distinction of the 2015 viewing experience that most exceeded my expectations. So, you know I can’t wait for the sequel!!! Check out “Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead” on Netflix streaming.