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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sean Kelly

TADFF14: Wyrmwood

WyrmwoodIn a post-apocalyptic Australia, a virus has turned nearly the entire population into bloodthirsty zombies.  Barry (Jay Gallagher) is one of a handful of survivors, which also includes Benny (Leon Burchill) and Frank (Keith Agius), who are immune to the virus and struggle for survival.  In the meanwhile, Barry’s sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) has been kidnapped by a team of gasmask-wearing soldiers and is subjected to a number of experimentations by a mad scientist.  Barry, Benny, and Frank travel across the Australian landscape, in their zombie-fuelled truck, in the hopes of finding and rescuing  Brooke.

Wyrmwood is a post-apocalyptic zombie film, described as Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead.  This description apparent right from the start of the film, which gets right into the action as Barry, Benny, and Frank in full armour fight off a horde of zombies.  However, Wyrmwood turns out to be much more than that, which includes having a twisted sense of humour, including the sight of a mad scientist in a hazmat suit dancing to KC and the Sunshine Band, while performing his grisly experimentations.

While Wyrmwood features many of the basic tropes of zombie films, it also creates a new set of rules.  One of these involves how the zombies exhale a flammable green gas, which happens to work pretty well as a combustible fuel source.  The film also features an interesting twist on the “slow zombie vs. fast zombie” debate.  Much more of an action film than horror, Wyrmwood features some great action set pieces with plenty of bloody violence. The standout of the cast is Bianca Bradey as Brooke, who is involved with what is probably one of the best sequences in the film. Altogether, Wyrmwood is fun action-packed post-apocalyptic zombie mayhem.

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Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).