Friday, 8 May 2015

"Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead" (Guardian 08/05/15)

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead **
Dir: Kiah Roache-Turner. With: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie. 98 mins. Cert: 18

The zombified landscape established by George A. Romero is being so rapidly and comprehensively mapped that we may soon pass through lay-bys, Welcome Breaks, even tourist information centres of the dead. This crowdfunded Aussie translation has some of Romero’s representational nous – it opens mid-apocalypse, with an Aborigine mulling over the chaos – but proceeds with more energy than inspiration, liberally splashing ketchup over genre clichés. Points for prominent use of KC and the Sunshine Band, and the zombie named Neville, but its haphazard tonal shifts, iffy performances and stretches of inertia suggest a post-pub DVD/VOD proposition rather than anything that merits a theatrical outing. 

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead opens in selected cinemas from today, ahead of its DVD release on Monday.

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