The sequel to the 2014 underground Australian zombie movie Wyrmwood has been a long time coming for its fans but, finally, it is here: Wyrmwood: Apocalypse has arrived, but is it any good?
We are with Rhys, Luke McKenzie (“Wentworth Prison (TV)”, “Home and Away (TV)”), who is The Captain’s twin brother from the first Wyrmwood. Rhys has his own little routine of exercise, eating, popping pills and then blowing some zombie’s heads off in the morning.
This is all from his very own compound in which he uses the zombies for all sorts of things, including power, from their breath, boxing partner and more.
Rhys is a delivery boy, he collects people, infected or not, and takes them to The Surgeon, Nicholas Boshier (“The Moth Effect (TV)”, “Rostered On (TV)”), and The Colonel, Jake Ryan (“Home and Away (TV)”, “Colourblind”), in their bunker.
He’s not entirely sure what The Surgeon and Colonel do with the people he takes them but he believes they are being used to make a cure. What the two men really want though, is a hybrid, part-zombie, part-human, they particularly want Brooke, Bianca Bradey (“Wyrmwood”, “The Pet Killer (TV)”).
Brooke is with her brother Barry, Jay Gallagher (“Wyrmwood”, “Nekrotronic”), and when we first see them Brooke has just taken a chunk out of Grace, Tasia Zalar (“Mystery Road (TV )”, “Streamline”), which doesn’t make her happy, her sister Maxi, Shantae Barnes-Cowan (“Operation Buffalo (TV)”, “Total Control (TV)”, isn’t thrilled either.
Rhys, on one of his hunting trips, comes across Maxi and Grace as they’re running away from Brooke and Barry. He captures Grace after a fight and takes her off to the bunker. This, as you might imagine, displeases Maxi, who generally spends the movie being displeased.
Anyway, Maxi tracks Rhys down, and, with a gun to his head, tells him he’s going to help her get her sister back. He isn’t convinced until he hears one of the guards at the bunker say they all end up in a barrel anyway. He senses something isn’t right and is forced to join forces with Brooke, Barry and Maxi in order to save Grace and, possibly, everyone else in this post apocalyptic world.
I haven’t seen the original Wyrmwood movie so I can’t comment on how this compares to that, just so you know. What I can say is that it’s a total gore-fest, everything explodes, mainly body parts and sometimes whole bodies.
Blood gushes and splatters, guts hang out, people are electrocuted and some have large tuning forks stuck up their nostrils. Then there’s a couple of Mad Max-esq cars thrown in for good measure, powered by zombie breath no-less!
If there’s a gripe it’s that the movie doesn’t quite zip-along as I’d hoped it would. Writers Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner, the former also directing, approach things with a minimalist dialogue turn but still manage to keep you aware of what’s going on throughout. That said, at times it can feel like you’re just waiting for the next event, which sometimes takes a touch longer than you’d like to arrive.
However, for an hour and a half of your life, and providing you are into zombies and blood splatter, then Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is worthy of your attention.
16th April 2022
THE QUICK SELL
In a zombie-infested Australian wasteland, soldier Rhys has dedicated his life to tracking and capturing survivors for the Surgeon General in hopes of finding a cure.