WYRMWOOD | MOVIE REVIEW

is a comedy road zombie bloodbath movie I am dying to see. Due to multiple screenings on the same day Kernel Andrew got lucky with this one – cannot wait to see it. It is screening for ONE NIGHT ONLY, at cinemas around the country, see down the bottom near the trailer on all the cinemas screening it on the night of FEB 13th, 2015. Perfect pre Valentine’s movie!! You can also see it at the premiere screenings at Moonlight Cinemas on 6th February in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.  Zombie dress up no less! #freakinghorrrorzombiewinning 🙂 This is a movie that demands a cinema viewing, get your friends, grab your popcorn and make this night a zombie event – what have you got to lose! It is being released by StudioCanal Australia, is rated MA15+ and runs for a bloody 98mins. Now get into Andrew’s review and get yo zombie fix on! All the best……JK.

 

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There must be something in the waters of Australia at the moment. We seem to be producing a lot of great indie horror movies. Last year we had the absolutely superb BABADOOK which ended up in my Top 20 for 2014.  But there have been many more over the years that give a uniquely “Australian” perspective on this whole spooky genre.

What is interesting is that a lot of these indies have been helmed by siblings. Perhaps a mutual appreciation around the old VHS growing up? Michael and Peter Spierig made the excellent UNDEAD in 2003. Then Colin and Cameron Cairnes 100 BLOODY ACRES in 2012 which is flat-out brilliant. Now it is the turn of the Roache-Turners with WYRMWOOD. Sibling Kiah directs, Tristan produces, and both are credited with the screenplay.

What they have achieved, to use the vernacular, is “bloody brilliant”. Even more impressive is that WYRMWOOD was as Kiah told us before the screening made on the smell of an oily rag with people donating a lot of their time gratis. Essentially this movie is a long DIY project which consumed cast and crews weekends over four years. That’s a long time to keep a crew and actors together on a “love job”. I am glad they did, as will horror fans be, the world over. This has cult gold written all over it.

How best to describe this movie. If EVIL DEAD and MAD MAX had a baby the glorious result would be this.

 

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The story is pretty stock standard but that is part of the tradition of these kinds of horror movies. There are some new and intriguing possibilities inserted into this particular movie though. A fantastic idea, the notion that a human injected with “zombie” blood can become their master, a sort of “zombie whisperer”. This simple notion is used with great relish and really elevates some of the proceedings beyond other zombie flicks.

The other novel element here is the wonderful sense of larrikin Aussie humour that is injected into most of the scenes and dialogue. Some of the moments had the audience laughing out loud on many an occasion. The humour makes even some of the goriest bloodbaths in WYRMWOOD genuinely amusing. A great homage to the schlockiness of the whole zombie thing.  This seems at the moment to have gotten all serious and sombre.

I really want people to go out and support this movie. It deserves it not just because it is home-grown but because it is excellent. It has already had a long life at festivals around the world and whilst it may not screen for very long in large cinemas I hope that it lives a long life in horror fans collections the world over.

 

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Barry () is a young father living in the suburbs with his wife and child. He has a happy life with his wife Annie (Catherine Terracini) and their gorgeous young daughter Meganne (Meganne West). This life is interrupted one night when Barry receives a strange and terrifying phone call from his sister Brooke (). Whilst at a photo shoot (she is a photographer/designer) her two friends suddenly turned into blood crazed homicidal maniacs. It’s not long before Barry’s idyllic life is also interrupted by a crazed individual who Barry is forced to kill. Making a split second decision Barry takes his wife and daughter and goes to find his sister in the family car. Along the way Annie and Meganne suffer the same fate and Barry is forced in true zombie canon style to kill his family in order to keep living.

Brooke in the meantime is taken by sinister military types led by the Captain (Luke McKenzie). Rather than help her they hand her over to an unnamed lunatic mad scientist type, The Doctor, (Berynn Schwerdt). The scenes here are hilarious and Schewerdt disco dancing in a room with chained and captured humans is simply wonderful. It seems that the scientist is testing the humans by injecting them with zombie blood and noting their reactions. Brooke will soon suffer the same fate if Barry can’t save her.

 

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Whilst the scenes with Brooke and the madman are intriguing and offer some new nuances to the zombie thing the real drama occurs with Barry’s efforts to locate her. There is plenty of suspense and eye-popping gore filled action here. Along the way he picks up Benny (), a happy-go-lucky Koori who has also had his mates “turn” on him.

With tough guy Barry and funny chatterbox Benny we get some great bits of comedy and dialogue. The story really shifts into top gear (literally) when we are introduced to Frank (Keith Agius). The pair stumbles onto his remote property whilst on the run from hordes of the undead. A garage they bunker down in is luckily filled with a fully operational metal workshop and a large assortment of protective clothing. Here the trio transform into outfits fit for this new post-apocalyptic future with a new zombie car to boot. Armed and ready they set out to look for Brooke. The name of the movie WYRMWOOD is also key but I will let you find it out for yourselves.

The movie is well crafted and well-acted with a solid ensemble cast. It is shot in a very unfussy style and first timer Tim Nagle who was responsible for the lensing duties should be given a big pat on the back. Michael Lira who is a staple of the indie music scene in Australia should also be given credit for his excellent score. The real stars are the zombie and visual effects though well done to all concerned.

This is an excellent contribution to the post 2000s Aussie horror canon. Can’t wait to see the next instalment of this particular movie or something else from these talented fellas.

 

4 Pops

 

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