When the concepts of Mad Max and Dawn of the Dead combine, we should be getting a fairly badass experience. We should be.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is a zombie action film set in Australia that follows a father who killed his infected family, the sister of the father who’s been taken captive by a mad scientist and an Aboriginal man who had to kill his zombified brother.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead‘s poster and synopsis presents exactly what the film entails; a low-budget gory zombie flick with some cool-looking designs and a far-fetched plot. Which is a good thing and a bad thing (depending on what you want).
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead assumes that every viewer knows how zombies work (and we do) because the film doesn’t take any time in explaining the origin of the zombies in question. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead just starts the story off with a scene that says “We were walking in the bush and then BAM! Zombie Bastards!”.
The plot from then on continues to suspend belief as it presents an array of far-fetched plot points. Such as a girl who can control zombies with her mind, a car that runs on zombie blood, a gas-propelled harpoon cannon on the back of a truck and a doctor who injects people with zombie blood (just ’cause).
But with an undeveloped plot and a ridiculous series of events that don’t make for a story but rather as an awesome comic book comes the responsibility of fulfilling the viewer’s expectations by delivering gory action and general popcorn entertainment. And Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead handles this responsibility with grace. Gory, action-packed, blood-splattering grace.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead replaces a logical story and character arcs with unnecessary swearing and blood. However if you don’t care what critics say and all you want is guns and zombies and swearing and action and bad jokes and guns, then Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is the movie for you.
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead‘s production quality isn’t very good, but that is excused due to the fact that the budget was $160,000. The story is far-fetched and many moments in the film make you wonder why it wasn’t just uploaded as a YouTube fan film. But then you get to the classic Australian slang and excessive swearing coupled with countless scenes of gore and violence and you re-wonder… maybe it should be a TV movie.
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