Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
In the aftermath of a comet breaking up over Earth, most of the planet’s population quickly succumbs to a strange disease which turns them into “zombies.” Few survive, and those who do, quickly discover all existing fuel sources have been rendered useless by the plague.
Trapped in a wilderness teeming with living dead, one of the survivors, Barry, has lost everything except his sister, Brooke. But even as the disaster unfolds, Brooke is kidnapped by a gang of paramilitary thugs and dragged off to a terrifying medical lab run by a psychotic “doctor” who is performing a series of deranged experiments on plague survivors. As Brooke struggles to devise an escape plan, she realizes that the doctor’s experiments have given her strange powers over his zombie captives. Unaware of his sister’s new powers, Barry teams up with fellow survivors to rescue her and protect what family he has left.
With a healthy dose of Mad Max-inspired vehicular mayhem and an enormous serving of pure, raw talent, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is a high-octane, visceral thrill ride that is a must for any horror fan.
When a comet breaks apart and strikes down on earth, the majority of the world is quickly overcome by a mysterious virus that turns them into zombie like creatures stalking the few remaining human inhabitants. When Barry (Gallagher) and his wife and daughter are attacked by the creatures, they make a narrow escape, yet Barry soon realizes that his wife and child have been compromised by the disease and once turned he has no choice but to put them out of their misery. As Barry finds his way into a group of fellow survivors by way of happenstance, they join forces in the search for working fuel sources as well as to track down and rescue his only remaining family, his sister Brooke (Bradey) who has been taken captive by a mad scientist performing questionable experiments on fellow plague survivors as well as the zombies.
Kiah Roache-Turner makes his feature film directorial debut with ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’ which he additionally co-wrote with his brother Tristan Roache-Turner. Kiah Roache-Turner does a wonderful job at the helm, perfectly complimenting the constant on-screen insanity with fast paced shots and other spot on filming choices. This wonderfully bloody and fun little Aussie film additionally owes a great deal to its talented cast including many somewhat smaller names including Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie and a number more, all of whom for the most part deliver extremely capable and convincing performances in each of their respective roles.
‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’ is absolutely amazing, delivering a violent and blood drenched good time of a zombie movie that brings a great deal of creativity and originality to the tiredly overpopulated zombie genre, and guaranteed to please horror fans that have already become increasingly tired of the genre. It’s fast paced and intense, with no shortage of bloodshed and gore; easily one of the best horror films of the year. I can’t recall the last time a zombie film excited me this thoroughly and I can’t possibly recommend this one highly enough, especially to zombie and/or horror fans. You definitely won’t want to miss out on ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’, it’s easily one of the most enjoyable and impressive zombie films in recent memory and a definite must see.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole, delivering a rich, vivid and detailed presentation that perfectly portrays the bright, warm colors so prominently featured throughout ‘Wyrmwood’, holding up admirably during even the numerous fast moving and darkly lit sequences of which there are quite a few, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or indiscernible in the slightest. Overall, this is a top notch high definition video presentation that should easily satisfy fans of this wonderfully fun movie.
The Blu-Ray release includes a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, the rear of the case again lists it as 5.1 but it is in fact a 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack and an impressive one at that. This lossless multichannel soundtrack is sharp, discrete and incredibly aggressive, constantly utilizing all five available channels to surround the viewer with a plethora of action-oriented auditory effects such as a bullets whizzing by en masse and plenty more, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible at any point. Overall, this is an impressive and hard hitting 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes a great deal of fun to this already incredibly entertaining film.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead’ includes a very solid collection of supplemental material. Included on the release is ‘The WyrmDiaries: Behind the Scenes of Wyrmwood’ which runs just under 50 minutes in length and takes in depth looks at different aspects involved in bringing the film to life, including Behind the Scenes footage and interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew. Also included is an Audio Commentary with the Roache-Turner brothers, a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (just shy of 20 minutes worth altogether), ‘The 7 Minute Teaser Scene’(actually running 8 minutes), 2 ‘Crowd Funding Videos’ (running approximately 6 minutes and 4 minutes respectively).Lastly we are treated to ‘Storyboards by the Director’ and 2 Trailers for the film.