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« on: August 05, 2011, 10:02:28 PM »

What a bizarre little indie horror flick this was!!!

In the fall of 1940, the entire population of the small town of Friar, NH - 572 people - walked up an abandoned road into a remote stretch of northern forest.
About 300 bodies were found weeks later, most frozen to death, some brutally ripped and stabbed.  The rest were never found or seen again.  The files on the town were sealed, and the whole episode became nothing more than a local legend. The town slowly repopulated, but the brooding forest to the North remained as undisturbed and haunting as ever.

Now, in the fall of 2008, a documentary filmmaker has the long-sealed files dropped into his hands by a mysterious clerk at a rural courthouse.  He quickly assembles a team to go the Friar and find the abandoned road, and solve the 70 year old mystery.

But when a local shows him the entrance to the ancient pathway, and he and his crew take to the forest, mysterious things begin happening.  The GPS becomes useless, the crew becomes more and more tense, and the haunting sound of Big Band music from the 40's begins echoing from some hidden locale deep in the forest . . .

This movie is slow paced and filled with dark, psychological horror. Not much for the gorehound here (except one scene, about 2/3 of the way through, that is horrific in its violence and its sudenness), and no bare bosoms either.  But in the end, it is definitely worth the slow buildup, as one by one, the documentary team go utterly mad.

If you like horror movies that make you think, this one is a sure thing.  I'm still processing it.

Oh . . . and how's this for a tag line?

"They were searching for an evil in the forest . . . but the forest found the evil in them."

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« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 11:43:15 PM »

Just watched it and liked it quite a bit. It had been sitting in my queue since your original post, but it was just put available for streaming on Netflix.

I don't want to give away too much more than what you said in your post, suffice to say that the central story remains elusive enough to remain interesting through to the end. It reminds me in some ways of The Mothman Prophecies.

The lead actress (and co-producer), Anessa Ramsey, also starred in a similar movie, The Signal. That one involved people slowly losing their grasp on their sanity due to an electrical broadcast. That's made more difficult in YellowBrickRoad, as reality doesn't want to remain in place either.

Great movie, I highly recommend it to anybody who likes a little mystery in their movies. Perhaps good for a double-bill with Pontypool.

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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2012, 02:06:41 AM »

When I saw the thread title, I was wondering what Sir Elton John thought about the film's title?  Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 07:47:21 AM »

Added it to the queue, I'll try to check it out in the next few days.

No bare bosoms though, eh?   Bluesad

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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2012, 10:54:02 PM »

I had been curious on this one as I saw it for not much money somewhere.  I think it maybe worth a pick up and thanks for the recommend Indiana. 

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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2012, 08:01:22 AM »

Watched it last night.  One of those movies that's very mysterious, for it's full runtime, and I guess the audience is supposed to stay glued to their set in the hopes that when the big reveal at the end comes, it will all be worth it.  But then two-thirds of the way through you realize there isn't going to be any big reveal, and when the ending finally comes it's just one big "WTF was that even supposed to be?"

Other than that, which was kind of important being the entire plot and all, I thought it was pretty good.  The characters were likable and sympathetic enough, and it was quite effective at making me feel as confused and disoriented as the people in it.

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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2012, 11:36:31 AM »

Sounds good. Thanks for the heads up.

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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2012, 01:45:07 PM »

When I saw the thread title, I was wondering what Sir Elton John thought about the film's title?  Wink


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