Yellow Brick Road (Bloody Disgusting Selects)
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Years later Teddy Barnes, teacher and writer (Michael Laurino) manages to obtain the records and decides to investigate in order to publish a book. The team goes to the co-ordinates of the trail head only to find a movie theater. Teddy decides to go into the theater and talk to the counter girl/projectionist who tells him a bizarre tale of how the original Oz movie was playing at the time of the incident. She (Laura Heisler) is over eager to help them go down the Yellow Brick Road, a sign that marks the trial.
She takes them to the trail. There is a psychologist(Alex Draper) on the trip who is constantly filming individuals and asking them questions as a sanity check. This gives the movie the annoying feel of those reality type movies. Also in the team is his wife Melissa (Anessa Ramsey) and Daryl and Erin Luger (Clark Freeman and Cassidy Freeman). Cy (Sam Elmore) and Jill (Tara Giordano) round out the team as they head on down the trail laced with belladonna. The movie develops slowly as small things happen. Daryl finds a hat that is from the era, but seems new. Jill's GPS goes haywire, one minute they are in Guam, the next Italy. They joke about it.
They hike for five days in Northern NH (is that possible?) and they come to a field (poppies?) and they hear music. Their instruments are not working properly and they know something is at work, but what? They speculate: Solar flares? Earth magnetism? Government experiment? The music becomes addicting. Emotions flare...
Good acting. Nice New England accent by Laura Heisler. I enjoy horror/mystery/thrillers and this one was exceptionally good, even though the ending didn't offer an explanation as to the events.
F-bomb, sex, no nudity.
I obviously fall into the camp that loved it. Great script, great cast, great direction and great aesthetics for a low budget movie.
According to the backstory of YELLOW BRICK ROAD, in 1940 the residents of an entire New England town decided one day to abandon their village - they walked up a wooded trail and most were never seen again, although a great portion of them were found slaughtered along the trail. Now, seventy years later, a small group of researchers are attempting to discover what happened and why the townsfolk left. They won't like what they find.
The thumbnail image for this DVD is misleading - it reminds me of The Hills Have Eyes or Wrong Turn - and suggests a supernatural slasher type film. There is no doubt there are some disturbing visuals here (or at least I found them to be) but that aspect of the film acts as an effective contribution to the atmosphere of creepy dread rather than as the primary focus. Thus those looking for splatter and gore may be disappointed.
What this film does do, not quite coherently but still effectively, is create a very unsettling feeling, one just sideways enough so that I never had a handle on what was coming next. It's a puzzling film - the character's motivations aren't always clear, and the resolution of the narrative leaves even more questions - but I have the feeling that none of that really matters.Read more ›
The first time I saw it...I couldn't sleep for days unless I watched Corner Gas or Mr. Bean before bed.
There are things that make this film so unsettling for a variety of reasons...
If you're up to try something new and a movie that breaks rules (in a good way), then give this movie a shot. You won't be sorry.
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Terrible, worst movie I have seen in years.
I don't recommend to all.
Seriously?!? ... this was a wasted hour and a half of my life that i will never get back. :(
Story line was interesting but steadily and rapidly went down hill from there. Read more
Kind of a strange movie but watched it all the way through.Published 3 months ago by David W. Barsness
This is a very creepy, unsettling film. There's no gore to speak of but there is plenty of violence. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Micah, the movie lover
This is a terrible movie, plot is hard to follow, first hour is people camping hearing noises and shaking, the first kill is absolutely the most far fetched thing Iv seen in a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Omegatheundying