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By James Whittington, Saturday 30th April 2022 Wyrmwood: Apocalypse 101 Films Certificate 18 ***
Zombie cinema is a genre that's literally dying on its feet. Restrained by its own concept strong or original movies of the undead are few and very far between. The TV series The Walking Dead and all its spin-offs has ensured that every possible avenue of interest or uniqueness has been followed. Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is a brutal and bloody entry and attempts to deliver a more violent and relevant to today's de-sensitised audience.
In a zombie infested Australian wasteland, hard-edged soldier Rhys (Luke McKenzie) - who uses zombies as fuel for his barbie - dedicates his days to tracking down and capturing survivors of the Zombie apocalypse for the Surgeon (Nicholas Boshier) in hope of finding a cure for the zombie plague. But all is not as it seems, and Rhys' moralistic misadventures are much more macabre than he knows. After a wild and twisted sequence of events, Rhys joins forces with Maxi (Shantae Barnes-Cowan) with brother and sister-duo Brooke (Bianca Brady) and Barry (Jay Gallagher) in a race against the clock to save the one person who could be the key to ending the apocalypse...
This follow-up to the audience hit Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead delivers exactly what it promises, lots of gore, plenty of gun battles and some humour. Director and co-writer Kiah Roache-Turner manages to catch the searing Australian heat perfectly adding a much-needed element of jeopardy to the movie. The cast manage to make the script to come to life with only a few chewing the scenery instead of limbs.
The effects are superb, proper old-school stuff which will make any older fan like myself smile and retains that essential "Ozploitation" feel the first movie managed to capture. The bombastic score punctuates each set-piece with the delicacy of a sledgehammer making this a movie to watch when the neighbours are out!
What it lacks is the feeling of originality and its nods to past classics such as Evil Dead II seem a bit jaded and half-hearted. The extreme set-ups lose impact at home and would far better viewed in a cinema with a lot of like-minded fans. Saying this itís the perfect excuse to play this on a Saturday night with all your friends around.
Unfortunately, the disc lacks any extras, only subtitles are an option here.
For zombie fans the movie pushes all the right buttons but if you're after something more original you might be left disappointed.
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