Release date2006 WriterL. Frank Baum (novel), Joseph Conrad (novel), Michael Herr (screenplay), Noel Langley (screenplay), John Milius (screenplay), Florence Ryerson (screenplay), Ben Telford, Edgar Allan Woolf (screenplay) Similar moviesApocalypse Now (1979), Gabrielle (2005), Swept from the Sea (1998), Heart of Darkness (1993), Victory (1940)
Apocalypse Oz is a 2006 short film. It is based on the novels Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The script is a hybrid of the two classic films Apocalypse Now and The Wizard of Oz, and uses only dialogue from these films.
Dorothy Willard, an Amerasian product of the Vietnam War, is tired of living with her abusive foster parents in Kansas. Dorothy decides that "there's no horror like home" and accepts a dream mission that takes her deep into the desert to hunt down and "terminate with extreme prejudice" an insane, renegade US Army colonel - codenamed 'The Wizard'.
M.C. Gainey as Kurtz, "The Wizard"
Alexandra Gizela as Dorothy Willard
Billy Briggs as Hunk, a stoner hitchhiker and version of The Scarecrow
Brian Poth as Doorman
Kevin Glikman as Kilgore, a cop and a version of the Wicked Witch
Tammy Garrett as Giang
Amy Lyndon as Em
Don Paul as Henry
The film received positive reviews. Film Threat's review said “Apocalypse Oz” had the ability to ruin it from the very beginning but Telford’s direction, convincing performances and an original concept make this worth watching." Quiet Earth described it as a "kinetic punk-rock gem of a film... something entirely new [that] attempts to explore new ways of telling stories."