Australian’s have churned out a couple of great horror movies in the past couple of years, with schlocky outback fare Wolf Creek (2005) & Wolf Creek 2 (2013), the demented masterpiece The Loved Ones (2010), and the critically acclaimed primitive horror The Babadook (2014). The country has been producing everything from low-budget exploitation flicks to some pretty neat high-end productions spanning all the way back to the 70s onwards. The latest export is a junkyard zombie flick titled Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead, and it’s been making the rounds at numerous film festivals garnering a nice reception from critics and fans respectively. Moreover, for those of you who are thinking, “Yawn, not another zombie flick,” keep reading as this looks like it’s going to be a bone-crushingly original, arterial splatter-fest.
The zeitgeist at the moment is that zombies are the “in thing”. They’re hip, they’re hop, they’re the best thing since sliced and decapitated heads (…see what I did there). Consequently, there are some horror aficionados worrying about the genre hitting saturation point, with AMC’s The Walking Dead becoming a huge franchise, and a spin-off on the way easy to see why. Just like every other cultural affair; the genre blows up, studios take advantage of that, and pushing out as much as they can until the cool kids have had enough. Well, worry not my friends, as it seems that Kiah Roache-Turner’s first feature-length Zombie flick is going to raise the bar even higher.
It is being described as Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead, and while it’s easy to see why those comparisons are being made, it looks there is going to be so much more to offer with the Evil Dead-esque schlocky junkyard feel that exudes from the stills and the thrill-ride vibe that’s evident from the trailer.
Set in the Australian outback, the film evolves around everyday man, Barry the mechanic, who witnesses everyone around him including his wife and daughter turn into flesh-eating zombies after an unexplainable apocalyptic event. Barry then pimps up his ride, arms himself with whatever is available around his garage, and aims to go rescue his sister from a “deranged, disco-dancing mad doctor.”
The premise sounds mental, and the trailer looks mental with high-octane car chases, crazy homemade weaponry, and plenty of overly gratuitous violence to satisfy the most hard-core of horror fans. It looks like it is going to play to the same crowd that lapped up Ruben Fleischer’s Zombieland, and that’s not a bad thing.
What do you think of the trailer and the stills peeps? Are you sold on this one?
Here is the poster the official poster:
Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure:
Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead will be released in theaters on 13 February, 2015
Via – Nerdist