Well, three times the charm…that’s what they say, right? If there was ever any doubt in my mind to the validity of such a phrase, I now have absolutely none. Case in point: the last 2 reviews from your good ol’ chums at ReelBloody have been zombie flicks. Going back, we first looked at Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard….ok ok, fair enough. I didn’t hate it. Last week we checked out a small YouTube series turned horror film called Dead Kansas. THAT was a rough one to sit through, albeit a mere 60 minutes. So that brings us to this week. I had been in contact with Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead director Kiah Roache-Turner for a hot minute and we were able to finally align the stars and he hooked us up with a viewing. Holy. Shitballs. I let Wyrmwood shower down upon me all the blood and gore and laughter and action that it could, and I’m drenched…in more ways than one.
This action packed zombie thriller fires right out of the gates with a melee of fast and furious adrenaline unlike anything you’ve ever seen. I’m not kidding. It’s horror-fueled action on cocaine. Once it starts, it doesn’t stop for 90+ minutes. It injected me with a refreshed view of zombies and everything undead, unlike The Walking Dead which has been beating zombies in the ground relentlessly (and boringly) the past couple years. Wyrmwood makes TWD look like Sesame Street. It pleases me oh so greatly. Amen.
The story behind Wyrmwood is quite simple really. In this case, the devil’s in the details. We find a family man Barry (played by Jay Gallagher) whose life has crumbled before his eyes as the zombie apocalypse is just beginning. Miles away, his sister (Bianca Bradey as the ever-badass Brooke) has been kidnapped by a group of weapon-wielding militiamen. Their plan is to subject her to various scientific experiments at the hands of a deranged lunatic of a scientist. Barry’s plan: to do whatever it takes to get to her and save her from certain doom, and I absolutely mean whatever it takes. Along the way, Barry hooks up with a few survivors and Brooke hooks up with some new discoveries of her own: ones that may serve her and her brother well. That is, if he can get to her.
I just can’t say enough about how fantastic this movie was. I sat and watched for over an hour and a half and was treated to so many emotions. I chewed my nails down to the bloody bed. I laughed…hysterically at times. My eyes bulged with delight as gruesome blood and guts splattered across the screen. I sat in awe of how amazing the costume design was, how brave and selfless the cast was, and how fantasticly the special effects were executed. You know me, and you know I hate slow, sluggish, dumb-as-fuck zombies. These undead creatures were so much more, and for great reason. The Roache-Turner brothers (Kiah’s brother Tristan co-wrote and produced) have created a badass and unique take on a way-overdone subgenre, and they totally fucking pulled it off.
Hands down, this was one of my most favorite movies to watch and review since ReelBloody’s inception. I’m giving it a solid 8 because I feel like a 9 or 10 doesn’t truly exist in the horror genre, so consider this my most favorable review. Chances are I’ll be watching this again and again. I tip my hat to the entire cast, including but not limited to Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, & Keith Agius. Tons of fanboy love also to the Roache-Turner bros for restoring my faith in the zombie culture. Man….I cannot WAIT until Wyrmwood 2! Oh, you didn’t know? Shame, shame.
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