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Apocalyptic (2014)

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Director:Glenn Triggs
Starring. Jane Elizabeth Barry, David Macrae, Geoff Pinfield. Australia.1h 24m

A majorly flawed found footage movie that has a few cult style frights and thrills to offer but some mistakes just can’t be overlooked.

Starting unassumingly with a small crew making a documentary at an AA/Drugs Rehab meeting, they chance upon a striking individual who claimed that he escaped from a doomsday cult isolated on a remote farm, realising that this story would be more exciting the team embark to the rural cult’s home to investigate the bizarre group and their end of days prophecies. The strangeness of the cult is soon put aside when the team attempt to save one of the members and themselves, as it’s clear that the world isn’t going to end or is it?

I had to try and spice up the plot after damming the movie in the first line. I did really enjoy the film but the ending was such a let down for myself, but that’s just me, it wouldn’t stop me from watching it again just due to the bat shit crazy events and fucked up social experiment that is exposed in the movie. Continue reading Apocalyptic (2014)

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Wolf Creek (2005)

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Director:
Greg McLean
Writer: Greg McLean
Starring: Nathan Phillips Cassandra MaGrath, Kestie Morassi . Australia. 1h 39m

Regularly throughout cinema history, the beautiful continent of Australia releases a genre movie that breaks all the rules. Wolf Creek boasts a range of stomach churning and psychologicals nasties, as it constantly coughs up another gut wrenching fear based on a bizarre but true story. With constant nods to legendary films such as Duel (1971) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) the debut writer/director Greg McLean shows worldwide goreheads how things can be done more effectively, with a unique stark style this isn’t braved much to gain audience figures elsewhere. Continue reading Wolf Creek (2005)

The Babadook (2014)

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Director:Jennifer Kent.
Starring:Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall . Australia. 1h 33m.

I had been getting frustrated with this new wave of shitty supposed-to-be-amazing horror that was just a bunch of regurgitated stories filled with fake jump scares and The Babadook was also released during this slushy period and I did pan it as being just another boring uninspired horror, but I was so wrong.. and I’m so sorry! Continue reading The Babadook (2014)

The Long Weekend (1978)

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Director : Colin Eggleston
Writer : Everett De Roche
Starring :  John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Australia, 1h 35m

Their crime was against nature” states the stark black and white movie poster, showing a frightened woman and an aggressive gun wielding man… If only they had a chance!

This taut Australian horror details a terrifying well crafted story about a couple and their dog, their aim is to spend a long weekend in the blistering wilderness. One of those simple pleasures that every city dweller looks forwards to, but the couple show absolutely no respect for the environment and soon karma starts a chain of eerie events. Continue reading The Long Weekend (1978)

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

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Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead  (Horror,  2014) (18) D: Kiah Roache-Turner W: Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner P:  C: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Luke McKenzie. 1h 38m. Australia.


Synopsis :  
Barry is a talented mechanic and family man whose life is torn apart on the eve of a zombie apocalypse. His sister, Brooke, is kidnapped by a sinister team of gas-mask wearing soldiers & experimented on by a psychotic doctor. While Brooke plans her escape Barry goes out on the road to find her & teams up with Benny, a fellow survivor – together they must arm themselves and prepare to battle their way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters in a harsh Australian bushland.

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The beginning of the movie starts in a similar manner to the world war z book, detailing what seems to be 3 different stories revolving around the early stages of a virus outbreak. A father, Barry (Jay Gallagher) wakes in the night to protect his family from a stranger found in the kitchen, a woman Brook (Bianca Brady) who is doing a zombie inspired photo shoot is soon shocked to discover the model is now an infected and gas to fight for her life in her studio. A native aboriginal man Benny (Leon Burchill) out hunting with his brothers soon discovers that one of them has turned and he is now being hunted.

As these three apparent strangers get entwined with other survivors their salvation comes in the guise of a zombie nitro charged armored car of the apocalypse and a few new and intelligent surprises for  the tired zombie/infection genre to boot.

Brook gets abducted by a psychopathic disco loving military surgeon who likes to “make a little love and get down to-night” while he is torturing and researching  Zombie’s in the back of a military van. Meanwhile her brother Barry is making his own discoveries about the outbreak while on a mission to find his sister.

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Writer and Director Kiah Roache-Turner is no stranger to high-octane movies starring Gallagher,  while Wyrmwood is his first full length feature,  his two previous shirts, Roadrunner and WarGames are both past paced black comedy action films. He manages to keep the pace and laughs constantly through this quirky feature.

Australia has not only produced some really interesting twists in the zombie field with classic movies like Braindead (1992) and they have managed to mix things up in the Spierig brother’s Undead (2003) who also threw the vampire world into a spin in Daybreakers (2009), so it’s no surprise that Wyrmwood opens up new avenues here while keeping the unique Aussie comedy element. While keeping itself fresh throughout,  there are lashings of blood and gore, stinky breath Zombie’s in this funny horror flick.

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While the budget was low it does provide great effects and is truly a great film to watch, it’s not perfect but in a similar vein to other indie horrors, it’s just great fun and is entertaining throughout. It does tip a hat to other low brow classics like Evil Dead (1981), the director has a hard on for Mad Max (1979) even addicting references in his short movies. There is a curious scene when the group pass a zombie girl by the side of the road in a red jacket,  is this a homage to Don’t look now (1973)? And a well handled scene where the group get trapped overnight in a car surrounded by zombies, is reminiscent of The Battery (2012).


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Rating –  8/10

 

T : A true labor of love this film took 4 years to make as it was worked on at weekends.
Q : “this truck runs on zombies, no zombies no truck.
TIL : there’s a lot more to the zombie genre that’s finally being explored!!
BS : setting fire to the zombie in the freezer….
DGI : Knock a shot for every kill
V: Verdict
L: Selected zombie Movie Road movies
A: Zombie vs Infected.
PD : Post Discussion – coming soon

Kisha

Wargames

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR42rZMRLU8

Duration 5.37

Dir: Kiah Roache-Turner/Australia/2009

Another epic action film short from Aussie Kiah Roache-Turner. In a similar vein as Roadrunner the director serves up a quick slice of mindless violence but in the guise of Rambo action tomfoolery. Using his favourite actor Jay Gallagher as the main here, spruced up in full combat gear and being attacked by hostile forces. Jay, as an unknown soldier battles bravely until a quaint twist at the end then he has to battle a new foe.

I’m starting to see a pattern emerging here with Kiah’s work, he’s obviously very happy with Jay’s acting and the two get along seamlessly. The Carlos Condit lookalike is superb in action shots and has a great War FACE!!! (show me your warface!!! Sgt Hartman (Full Metal Jacket) would be proud) I love the camp action shots and over the top antics, then the transition into the real world. The trio of hardened killers end up as squabbling children.

Another funny and violent high octane short from an overactive and talented mind.

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R:7/10

RoadRunner

https://youtu.be/ikfjYH6HgZA

Duration 7.01

Dir: Kiah Roache-Turner/Australia/2008

A high-octane powerful black comedy action short from Australian maverick  Kiah Roache-Turner whose odd ball approach adds a vivid and quick pace to his movies and this will earn him a lot of fans. Two Aussie hicks drive a masked man out into the middle of the desert and to kill him, but things don’t quite go to plan as Jay Gallagher gets more and more frustrated over the surreal troubles that crop up while he tries to perform a simple task.
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It might be a short film but it’s full of character and laughs which is unusual for a crime flick, but despite this it’s packed with black comic moments, blood and a lot of screaming, a blend of Mad Max (1979) in the style of Evil Dead (1981) with a strong flavoring of true Warner Bros cartoon antics. The simple execution of a restrained man couldn’t be more bizarre, the only thing missing is an anvil drop.

I adore this living cartoon, the editing between the victim running and would be assassins has brilliant contrast, and adds comedy in itself to this dark story. It’s strange, even though it not clear who the masked man is, your kinda rooting for him… It’s also worth pointing out Turners obsession with Mad Max and the crime duo are driving an interceptor style car with the licence Mad Max 1979, great dedication there dude!

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R:9/10

Fortress (1992)

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(Thriller, Sci Fi, Action, 1992) (18) D: Stuart Gordon W :Troy Neighbors/Steven Feinberg S: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith and Jeffrey Combs. 1h 35m. Australia USA

A Futuristic prison movie, Protagonist and wife are nabbed at a future US emigration point with an illegal baby during population control.

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This is probably one of best movies by Gordon, who has a Jeffrey Combs fetish, he’s directed him in Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986).

This film is based around a futuristic computer-automated underground American prison that uses robots and lasers to control the inmates, who also have “instestinators” installed that cause pain or death depending on the which line to cross..  A married couple Brennick and Mrs Brennick (Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin) are imprisoned because she became pregnant with a second child (a felony). The prison is run by Director Poe (Kutwood Smith) who is a genetic human who can’t handle his drink. Jeffrey Combs is a radical computer whiz and Maddox and Stiggs (Vernon Wells and Tom Towels) run around being general ass raping douchbags.

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It’s quite typical of the age but it’s that area of sci fi that I really love, I prefer the doomed mankind theme in my futuristic movies and even though the subject of human population control has been covered it never looked so good. You know a good 1980’s 1990’s sci fi movie when you hear the phrases Mainframe, Corporation and Fucking A, this movie overdoses in them!

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There isn’t anything outstanding about the movie, it’s just cool!! REALLY COOL, I just get so psyched with dodgy retro sci fi..

BS :  The fight scene between Lambert and Wells is pretty cool. It starts out with a kick in the face and ends up a bloody mess!

T: The lead role was originally case for Arnie.

Q : “Rise and fucking shine sweetheart” This film also uses a lot of “fucking a”, “mainframe” and “corporation” phrases.

R: Fortress 2 (2000) The Handmaid’s Tale (1990) , Death Machine (1994)

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