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Toad Road

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A different kind of American independent horror film, Toad Road from Executive Producer Elijah Wood (star of ''Lord of the Rings'') and his genre-themed production company SpectreVision is a hallucinatory and hypnotic odyssey through mutating realities, drug use, urban legends, and nightmares. Imagine a fusion between the sexually candid naturalism of Larry Clark or Harmony Korine, and the backwoods creep-out of The Blair Witch Project, and you'd be halfway there. Stuck in a dead end town, young James kills time with his druggie friends, engaging in debauched chemical intake to the point of unconsciousness, until he meets Sara, a sweet new arrival to their group. However, Sara wants James to take her further into the world of narcotics experimentation (just as James was contemplating abandoning this lifestyle)...and she also wants him to introduce her to the sinister local legend of Toad Road, a spot deep in the forest that is apparently home to the Seven Gates of Hell. Writer-director Jason Banker's fiction feature debut is an enigmatic and unique fusion of improvisational realism undoubtedly influenced by Banker's work as a documentary filmmaker, and otherworldly, haunting rural terror. Unlike any other film you'll see this year, Toad Road is mesmerizing.

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  • Actors: Sara Anne Jones, James Davidson
  • Directors: Jason Banker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F878K0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,823 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Varga on December 26, 2013
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TOAD ROAD is quite a bit more ambitious than one might think. Far removed from your typical horror film, this is a thoughtful, introspective journey into ruined lives, failed ambitions and uncertainty. Think Harmony Korine crossed with Andrei Tarkovsky and you're on the right track. Unexpectedly engrossing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert T on January 10, 2014
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I bought this movie cause it sounded good. Well all that was good about it was the acting. There really is no horror to it. It was about kids getting high mostly. The main man actor and the lead lady one evening take a trip to Toad Road which is suppose to contain the 7 gates of hell. And well something happens. I just wish I watched this on Netflix. It sure wasn't worth what i spent on it. Do your self a favor and pass on this movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on January 21, 2014
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Negatives:
1. Nothing really happens. Young adults get high; get drunk; do nothing; just exist at a level just below the poverty line.
2. It was suppose to have a Blair Witch element but nothing even close shows up. Just nothing.
3. Sadly, lead actress dies from a drug overdose shortly after filming in which she enacts a similar role.

Positives:
1. Surprisingly good acting for individuals with no acting and this was their only film, but then the film really didn't require acting to distant from one's self.
2. Accurate portrayal of those who use soft drugs to pass time and feel better about themselves, especially from a daily mundane existence. And, for others a perspective/clarity to help expose and get perspective to a feeling of shallowness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Davidson on December 30, 2013
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A dark and disturbing look at today's youth culture also in the format of a horror story. The unfortunate death of the young female lead adds validity to the movie's viewpoint. All the young non-professional actors turn in solid performances, but the star, James Davidson shows real talent as he spirals out of control. Not a movie to watch with your kids, unless you are making a statement about the dangers and despair of a drug-fueled life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Is A Wonderous Thing on January 18, 2014
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I'd say it's worth experiencing, but it's not a "horror" movie per se, there's little direct story line ... but it's a fascinating view of characters in drug-fixated limbo. Sadly, the beautiful actress/model Sara Anne Jones in TOAD ROAD died from a heroin overdose just after the film was released ... so how much of the movie is a tragic reflection of the actors' real lives, we're only left to guess.

Sara Anne Jones and her tragic death, her future life cut short ... will haunt you about this movie. The movie itself was both less and far more than I expected.
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I actually really liked this movie, but I know people who hate it. I think its one of those. As I was watching it, I realized that the 7 Gates of Hell were actually a metaphor for drug addiction, and then the movie made a lot more sense, even if the end doesn't wrap things up well. I thought it was just OK at first, but then something weird happened then next day as I kept going over the movie in my head, thinking about it a lot. I think that's the sign of an effective movie. The fact that one of the actresses died of an accidental drug overdose soon after its release makes it that much creepier. The end of the movie is my only gripe, because with just a short scene they could have tied it all together and made the main character realize what really happened, and his memory loss was due to his abuse. Pretty simple for them to have done, but its an indie film, so everything has to be vague, right?
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