Wyrmwood: Apocalypse (2022) Review

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Wyrmwood: Apocalypse (2022) Review

Horrorific content by Rdcraig on April 21st, 2022 | Movie Review | Comedy, Medical, Gore, Zombie, Apocalypse

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It’s about a soldier’s life following a zombie apocalypse, who begins to suspect the military might be the bad guys.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse was directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (who also led Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead) and starred Luke Mckenzie, Shantae Barnes-Cowan, and Bianca Bradey.

Get ready for the fight of your bloody life.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse (2022) Review

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is the sequel to Kiah Roache-Turner’s 2014 film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead. Roache-Turner’s directorial debut was the story of a mechanic named Barry (Jay Gallagher), who was forced to face off against a horde of zombies. During this film, Barry encounters a military organization tasked with finding a cure, including a figure known only as The Captain. Wyrmwood: Apocalypse follows The Captain’s twin brother, Rhys, as he attempts to survive in the post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. Having dedicated his life to the same military organization as his brother, Rhys captures survivors and delivers them to the Surgeon General for his experiments on the cure. However, after meeting a young girl named Maxi (Shantae Barnes-Cowan), his faith in the organization’s intentions are shaken.

The first film was perfectly surmised as “Mad Max with Zombies.” Wyrmwood: Apocalypse continues this trend. It is a fast-paced, gunslinging, wasteland car-chasing, zombie smashing, blood splattering zombie romp. The plot takes some unexpected and slightly mad left turns. A noticeable example is the zombies breathing a flammable gas that survivors use as a fuel source. Another delightful departure from zombie lore is the idea that the zombies are so powerful after nightfall that most of the action takes place in the daytime. This is a trend seen readily in Australian horror and has already been effective in previous zombie films. Still, daylight as the predominant state is refreshing and contributes significantly to the idea that this isn’t a horror film at all but an action film with zombies.

The Surgeon General is also somewhat divergent from the rest of the film. Delightfully overacted, the character, played by Nicholas Boshier, begins to feel like a character from a Joel Schumacher Batman flick. He quickly becomes a villain you love to hate, seemingly trapped in a rusted underground laboratory bathed in psychedelic neon colors. These scenes highlight the cartoonish quality of the film, aided extensively by the Elfmanesque musical score, which is as playful as it is expressive, very nearly synchronizing with movements in the film, also known as “Mickey Mousing.”

These cartoonish elements are inherited directly from the film’s predecessor. The highly stylized cinematography is as slick as it is enthralling, beautifully balancing the expansive Australian scenery with the claustrophobic military labs, which makes both feel oppressive and stifling.
While Roache-Turner’s sequel is gore-filled and relishes in an Evil Dead level of splatter, the horror elements are merely trappings and decorations for a humanist action story. It is primarily the story of a soldier’s redemption; there just happens to be a lot of very gnarled zombies about.

Worth Watching? 

I would recommend this movie, especially if you look for something substantially less severe than many previous zombie films. Don’t expect to be terrified, but certainly, hope to be entertained.

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