#31in31 – Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

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oct 5 wyrmwood

“What did we learn? “NEVER GET OUT OF THE TRUCK!”

Story: Aww, shooting stars in the Australian sky. So pretty. Hey, where’d these zombies come from? And why is that creepy scientist “looking for a cure” just as scary?

Scares: More of a zombie slaughterfest.

Splat factor: Big. On a scale of 1 (Pride and Prejudice) to 10 (Dead Alive), this clocks in at a respectable 7. It’d be higher but several scenes are night shots. Not conducive to crystal clear splatter.

Closing scene “shocker”?: Nope. Thank goodness. The ending is satisfying as hell.

Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul)?: Though it’s one more zombie film, it’s an original.

Trick or Treat?: If you like your zombies fast and your survivors looking like Mad Max, here ya go. But when the action slows down, the low budget edges show.

On the bright side, there’s plenty of Dead Alive-like violence. Shoot a leg, it flies off. A head? Blammo! Zombies breathe out a smoke or steam which looks really cool. And a group of survivors harness the zombies as an alternate fuel source. The resulting car looks straight from Fury Road. And there’s some nice buddy film chemistry between the post-apocalyptic buddies looking for one of the guy’s sister.

Thank goodness the filmmakers keep their cheeky sense of humor throughout. When one of the survivors gets mortally hurt, he asks for the medical kit…that is stocked with beer rather than bandages. What better time, right?

Silly mano a mano fight at the end, probably because the filmmakers couldn’t pony up for a large scale finish. But as I mentioned earlier, the final scene is a hoot, and makes up for that implausible punch fest.

Favorite bit? A negative blood types (like yours truly) are immune. And dig the fun Dr. Frankenstein end credits song. I’ll need that for my Halloween mix.

Score: 3.5 out of 5 pumpkins.
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