WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE (2022) Reviews and US Blu-ray and DVD release news

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Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is a 2022 Australian science fiction action horror film about a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland. The movie is the sequel to Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014).

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Nekrotronic; Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead) from a script co-written with Tristan Roache-Turner. Produced by Blake Northfield and Tristan Roache-Turner.

The Bronte Pictures/Guerilla Films co-production stars Jake Ryan (The Great Gatsby), Luke McKenzie (Perfect Sense), Bianca Bradey (The Osiris Child), Jay Gallagher (Nekrotronic), Shantae Barnes-Cowan (Operation Buffalo series), Tasia Zalar (Mystery Road) and Nicholas Boshier.

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Plot:

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.

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However, when he learns all is not as it seems, he must team up with Maxi, and siblings Brooke and Barry to race against the clock and save the one person who may be the key to ending the apocalypse…

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Reviews:

“Following on from where the first film (Road of the Dead) left off, there are some familiar characters who appear along the way. Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner’s maniacal film moves the story on, but by its nature is less creative. It still has the same rugged personality though.” Backseat Mafia

While it does touch on authoritarian heavy-handedness when it comes to, ahem, curing and managing a virus, the Roache-Turner’s never overcomplicate their main objective, which is to have as much fun as possible. If Apocalypse is anything, it’s a joyous celebration of Australian cinema and the fun that can be had while making a movie. Along with their cast and crew, the Roache-Turner’s passion and enthusiasm for exciting cinema bursts through the screen.” Cinema Australia

“The leading actors comport themselves well, especially the awesome foursome of McGregor, Barnes-Cowan, Gallagher and Bradey. Zalar is very good, too, even though she spends much of the time bound and gagged – she does a lot with her eyes. Indeed, all the speaking roles are extremely credible – these men and women really threw themselves into their roles and most performed their own stunts, of which there are many. Wyrmwood Apocalypse is a load of manic mayhem…” A Film Life

“If you prefer your zombie flicks with wonderfully heavy-handed social commentary ala George Romero or lengthy discussion of feelings like in The Walking Dead, this is not the venue you should be visiting. If, however, you want to witness a splattery, cinematic seance that summons the spirits of early Sam Raimi and George Miller and unleashes them on a modern audience, you’re going to have a bloody belter of a time of Wyrmwood: Apocalypse.” Film Ink

“McKenzie delivers the kind of lead performance that doesn’t tend to get many plaudits – mostly because we’ve seen this character so many times before – but he brings a commanding presence. As does Barnes Cowan, delivering a [email protected] performance as Maxi […] Kiah Roache-Turner keeps the camera moving and the cuts regular, setting a cracking energy that’s particularly important for midnight movies like this, concerned more with relishing carnage than telling a story.” The Guardian

“It’s non-stop action and gore gags, but the Roache-Turners cram in a lot of invention, with side-jokes that could be assembled into a 101 Uses for a Living Dead Person book as a world of rust and duct-tape is powered by zombies whose bad breath keeps cars on the road and who can be puppet mastered as suicide bomber shock troops by the white-eyed hybrids.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“Fans of the first film will be glad to see a few returning faces, and will also be pleased to see the half-human-half-zombies are just as terrifying as ever. The Surgeon’s lab and the nefarious goings-on add another gruesome element […] There’s still a big portion of black humour on display, too, as all the elements fall into place nicely.” 4/5 Starburst

Release:

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse was released in Sydney, Australia, on February 1st 2022.

In the USA, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse will be released on Blu-ray and DVD by XYZ Films on May 17th 2022.

In the UK, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse will be shown at Frightfest in Glasgow on 11th March 2022. 101 Films will release the movie on Blu-ray and DVD on 16th May 2022.

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“Everyone loves a great post-apocalyptic thriller! Worldwide distributors at Cannes virtual Market will not only be thrilled with the super high quality of production and visual effects but also with the story and the characters. The filmmaking team did an extraordinary job, setting new heights with this sequel to captivate worldwide fans of the first instalment as well as audiences new to the franchise,” said Arclight Films Chairman Gary Hamilton.

Cast and characters:

Luke McKenzie … Rhys
Shantae Barnes-Cowan … Maxi
Nicholas Boshier … The Surgeon General
Bianca Bradey … Brooke
Jay Gallagher … Barry
Jake Ryan … The Colonel
Tasia Zalar … Grace

Notes:

A proposed TV series, Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead, has been in development for several years.

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