Wyrmwood: Apocalypse (2021) 

A soldier is hunting and bringing subjects to a mad doctor looking for a cure to the zombie apocalypse in the Australian wasteland. 

Written by Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner, Wyrmwood: Apocalypse is the follow up to Wyrmwood: Road the Dead and in the same universe as Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead. Here, the film is a sequel to the first feature, but is written in a way that it can easily be watched on its own with minimal loss to the story at hand. Of course, having seen what comes before will help establish the characters and universe, making it a richer story overall, but it is not absolutely necessary. The story here is simple, the synopsis above is pretty much all of it, until the linchpin event happens and then things take a turn and the action kicks up a notch. For those having seen the first feature and the short, this one keeps the tone and pace of them pretty well, with tons of action, lots going on, and stakes being pretty high for some of the characters. This is not some deep philosophical story and it doesn’t pretend to be. Of course, there is some questioning about using zombies and possibly people for testing and how this sits with each character here as well as with the viewer, but the main parts of the film are very much all about action and zombie kills. It’s bloody, it’s gooey, and it has no qualms about it. Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner make these films in a way that is packed with action and directed to be fun horror films through and through. 

The cast here is a mix of returning member of the first film’s cast and new faces to the series. The mix works well and of course, it made sense to bring new people to the adventure. Returning as Rhys is Luke McKenzie and returning as Brooke is Bianca Bradey. Both do good work here, reprising their roles and expending them a bit within the limitations set in place for them. Their work is definitely part of the top reasons to watch this sequel. Working alongside them and doing fantastic are Shantae Barnes-Cowan, Tasia Zalar, Goran D. Kleut, and the rest of the cast, all bringing a bit more mayhem to the proceedings.  

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse, much like the previous films in the series and Kiah Roache-Turner and Tristan Roache-Turner’s other film Nekrotronic (a must see for completely bananas entertainment), is very well shot and has a look that feels very much like their own. Between the lighting, the editing, the cinematography, the effects, and just about everything else on the screen, this film has a look that it knows and very much owns. The work from everyone in every visual department must be mentioned as this is what happens when a team works well together and knows what they are bringing to the table, creating a coherent look that allows the story to evolve and be followed in. This all ads to the story and helps make this film one to watch. 

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse could definitely gain from being seen on a big screen to fully enjoy the mayhem and madness it holds, but watching it on a large screen in a dark living room can also do quite well. This is the kind of film to see with others and to really get into together to truly get involved in the story. The action sequences are strong, the cast is fantastic, the story is a bit nuts, and this film is one of those must-see sequels that is just about as much fun as what came before.