Aussie Rules Zombieland
Out of nowhere people are turning into flesh eating zombies and after Barry (Jay Gallagher), a mechanic, attempts to get his wife and daughter to safety he goes in search of his sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) who has been taken by gas-mask wearing soldiers to be experimented on. But Barry is not alone and he teams up with Benny (Leon Burchill) who must use what ever they have at hand to defeat the zombies.
A goggle wearing mad scientist in a bright yellow hazmat suit dropping funnies and dancing as he works his way through a series of zombies chained up in his lab. Sounds comically weird as does listening to Benny, an aboriginal shouting "there's fucking zombies everywhere". Now I could go on because "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" is one funny zombie movie with one comical scene after another from a zombie being kept in a cool box next to the beers to a discovery that zombie blood/breath is fuel.
The thing is I don't really know how to describe "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" because whilst it is another zombie comedy it isn't comparable to say "Shaun of the Dead" or "Zombieland". The humour is quite simply Australian with a sort of matter of fact, laid backness to it whilst there is a touch of "Mad Max" to things as we get are heroes wearing what ever armour they can lay their hands on to try and protect themselves in a truck they have plumbed in to a zombie's mouth for fuel.
But alongside all this frankly quite curious humour you have the horror with some wonderful make up when it comes to the zombies, nothing out of the ordinary but effective enough to work for a modern audience. Plus there is a whole lot of red mist as we have plenty of head shots with rifles, hammer guns and as I said anything these survivors can lay their hands on.
What this all boils down to is that "Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" is certainly an entertaining zombie horror comedy with the right mix of horror and comedy. But it is a case, at least for me, that the horror and comedy far out weighs the storyline which actually feels a bit patchy.
Tags: Zombie Movies