WYRMWOOD – Review By Greg Klymkiw – Canadian Premiere Toronto After Dark FF 2014

As seen on The Film Corner.

The new Australian living dead chiller-thrillerWyrmwood might, at first glance, look and feel like a derivative post-apocalyptic zombie picture, but there’s nothing run-of-the-mill about it. Constructed with solid craft, spewing globs of gallows humour, walloping your senses, well, uh, senseless with bowel-loosening jolts, inspiring cold-cocking scares that slide you to the edge of your seat and of course, offering up a kick-ass babe of the highest order, all adds up to a rollicking good time.

With plenty of loving homages to George Miller’s Mad Max pictures and George Romero, helmer Kiah Roache-Turner and his co-scribe Tristan Roache-Turner, serve up a white-knuckle roller coaster ride through the unyielding Australian bushland as a family man (who’s had to slaughter his family when they “turn” into zombies) and a ragtag group of tough guys, equip themselves with heavy-duty armour, armament and steely resolve to survive.

Blasting through hordes of flesh-eating slabs of viscous decay, they careen on a collision course with a group of Nazi-like government soldiers who are kidnapping both zombies and humans so a wing-nut scientist can perform brutal experiments upon them. The family man’s insanely well-built, athletic and gorgeous sister is nabbed by the fascist egghead which allows for a harrowing rescue attempt and a bevy of scenes involving our babe in lethal fighting mode.

The movie has two very cool variations on zombie lore – one, a way for humans to telepathically communicate with and subsequently control the zombies as well as the handy discovery that zombie blood can be used as petrol for their souped-up fighting truck.

Roache-Turner proves himself a formidable talent. He employs … read the full article here.

Toronto After Dark Film Festival: 2014 REVIEW: WYRMWOOD

As seen in Toronto Film Scene.

Wyrmwood isn’t your typical zombie film, and that’s putting it lightly. There are things here that you’ve never seen before, and probably never even thought of, and the end result is a teeth grinding masterpiece. Touches of Mad MaxDead Alive, and Evil Dead blend with a bloody road trip through this insane film.

Everything about this film, including the soundtrack, is madness. Things begin in a rather serious way, as we witness the outbreaks first victims, and it never slows down from there. The movie becomes increasingly crazy, with a pounding score and camera angles that leave you disoriented. There’s also a very dark sense of humour that begins to show up halfway through.

This is the kind of movie where you find yourself wanting to cheer every minute.

Read full review and watch trailer here.

The Loved Ones (2009) – Director: Sean Byrne

Title: The Loved Ones
Year: 2009
Country: Australia
Director: Sean Byrne
Writer: Sean Byrne
Producer: Christopher Mapp, Bryce Menzies, Matthew Street, David Whealy       Production Company: Screen Australia, Omnilab Media, Ambience Entertainment, Film Victoria

Plot Summary:

When Brent turns down his classmate Lola’s invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

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Watch The International Trailer For Mark Hartley’s PATRICK on twitch.com

Title: Patrick
Year: 2013 (remake)
Country: Australia
Director: Mark Hartley
Writer: Justin King
Producer: Jeff Harrison, Phil Hunt, Compton Ross
Production Company: F.G. Film Productions, Head Gear Films, Screen Australia

Plot Summary:

In Room 15 of the isolated Roget Clinic, the psychopathic Patrick lies deep in a coma. The arrival of Kathy, a sympathetic nurse, awakens desire in him – and her affection ignites his pent-up psychic powers with deadly effect. Written by Anonymous

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Cargo (2013) – Director: Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke

Title: Cargo
Year: 2013
Country: Australia
Director: Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke
Writer: Yolanda Ramke
Producer: Ben Howling, Yolanda Ramke, Marcus Newman & Daniel Foeldes
Production Company: Dreaming Tree Productions

Plot Summary:

Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect the precious cargo he carries: his infant daughter.

Wyrmwood (2013) – Director: Kiah Roache-Turner

Title: Wyrmwood
Year: 2013
Country: Australia
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Writer: Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner
Production Company: Guerrilla Films
Funded by: Kickstarter (partial)

Plot Summary:

Barry (Gallagher) is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. On the road he teams up with Chalker, a fellow survivor, and together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland. (Source: IMDb.com)

Think Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead …

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I Love Sarah Jane (2008) – Director: Spencer Susser

Title: I Love Sarah Jane
Year: 2008
Country: Australia
Director: Spencer Susser
Writer: David Michôd, Spencer Susser
Production Company: Aquarius Films
Funded by: Qoob

Plot Summary:

A bunch of teenagers in a ghost town, full of death and desolation, where adults have turned into zombies. Among them, stands Jimbo (Brad Ashby), madly in love with Sarah Jane (Mia Wasikowska). This is the second short film (the first being Spider) funded by Qoob. Directed by Spencer Susser, who also co-wrote the script with Australian author/director David Michod, this film has been selected in major festivals across the world (among which Sundance ’08) and won 4 prizes so far.