Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Horrors of October 2013 - YellowBrickRoad (#30)

YellowBrickRoad (2010)

Huh. A rag-tag group of researchers seek to find and follow a notorious trail outside of Friar, N.H. Back in 1940, the residents deserted the town and walked along the path, spurned on by something to reach the end, only to all die. After getting some help from a local projectionist, the group walks past the titled trail head and head into the unknown. After laying out the characters and their traits, the film deliberately unravels itself further and further as the walking continues north, causing the schizoid cast and the frantic editing to wildly fluctuate. I can't give away what brings forth the mental degeneration but I will say that it also does effect your viewing as well. YELLOWBRICKROAD is competently made but it has some significant audio problems at times, dropping lines or just poorly recorded. Then, there's the bad CGI that shouldn't have appeared anywhere in the film, considering that the majority of the sets are real wilderness. Still, I found the film to be quite unnerving, as the group splinters off and/or the torture continues uninterrupted. Some might find the wandering and rambling to get tedious, especially since it all leads to an ending out of left field. Be cautious because this is purely polarizing.


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