Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Monday, 30 March 2020

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong horror violence, blood and gore and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A-

  • Starring:

    Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie, Yure Covich, Catherine Terracini, Keith Agius, Meganne West, Berryn Schwerdt

  • Directed by:

    Kiah Roache-Turner

  • Running time:

    98 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 18 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot (guns; nailgun), punched, kicked, beaten, bludgeoned, punched, bitten, decapitated, burned, harpooned, chained, bound, gagged, axed, hit with objects, stabbed (knife; screwdriver), mauled, hooked, leg-grabbed, tackled, wrestled, body-slammed, bludgeoned, hit by vehicles, held at gunpoint, near-choked, headbutted, restrained, electric-shocked, frozen, siphoned, pushed, kneed, hair-pulled, head-locked, crotch-grabbed. People maim themselves. Suicide attempts, intruder. Smashed windscreens, broken glass, burning vehicle. Screaming. Hunting sharks/pigs, killing wife and child mentioned. Blood/gore: Lots of blood, flesh, splatter. Severed hands, limbs, fingers. Nose bitten off, heads blown off. Hypodermic needles extract fluid (needles seen entering skin); blood/fluid-filled syringes. Blood on heads, faces, clothing, objects, bodies, teeth. Flesh eaten, decomposing flesh, burning flesh, open wounds, bloody cuts. Bloody puddles/smears. Corpses (including child). Objects protruding from skin/retrieved from flesh.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple seen embracing in shower, bed (no genitals seen). Kissing. Skimpy clothing, cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People smoke a joint, cigarettes. A woman is injected with tainted blood. Chloroform seen. Alcohol (beer, spirits). Drug-induced behaviour.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Derogatory term for women. Slang for genitals, bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Zombies, apocalypse, blood extraction, survival, mutation, leadership, blood types, mind control, torture, experiments, humanity, disease, outbreak, combustibles, disco.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased wife, child. Deceased son, child with cancer mentioned. Campfire, welding sparks. Min Min lights mentioned, skull motif. Burp, vomiting, spitting, greenish breath. Raw meat eaten. Brief Aboriginal language (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, in-your-face, fresh, creative, bold, ballsy, adrenaline-fuelled, stylish, satisfying, comic-book, wild, sinister, buoyant, surreal, clever, cheeky, energetic, gritty, wild, silly. Strong performances, proper characters, blunt scares, unsettling imagery, hyper-stylised world, witty/deadpan dialogue, unfussy cinematography, terrific score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Hackneyed premise.

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