Yellowbrickroad

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In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years, until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomedcitizens of Friar took. Yellowbrickroad is a return to the slow burn, character driven horror thrillers of the 1970s. -- (C) Official Site

Cast

Michael Laurino
as Teddy Barnes
Cassidy Freeman
as Erin Luger
Anessa Ramsey
as Melissa Barnes
Alex Draper
as Walter Myrick
Clark Freeman
as Daryl Luger
Tara Giordano
as Jill Bateman
Sam Elmore
as Cy Banbridge
Laura Heisler
as Liv McCann
Lee Wilkof
as The Usher
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Critic Reviews for Yellowbrickroad

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  • Despite us tagging along the trail for days, we feel closer to the landscape than to the characters.

    Jun 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "Yellowbrickroad" is without personality. It's competently made, but the cast and direction are just bland.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • As cheap horror fare goes, YellowBrickRoad emphasizes imagination over gore. This is good, because the gore here is somewhat laughable, while the imagination is just creepy enough to be effective.

    Jun 2, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • The film is caught in the fatal demographic desert between the Scream and Baghead crowds -- neither funny nor quirky enough to sustain interest during its long march.

    May 31, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Co-writer/directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton miss as many opportunities as they develop here, but they maintain the mystery and ratchet up suspense like seasoned pros.

    May 28, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Underwhelming finish explains zilch, but good perfs, atmospherics and use of backwoods locations make Yellowbrickroad an intriguing cipher.

    Jul 6, 2010

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Yellowbrickroad

  • Jul 05, 2013
    The only thing disturbing about this movie is that someone actually agreed to make it. I understand that it's an independent film, written, directed, and starring first timers, but anyone who read this script had to have known it just wouldn't work! Don't get me wrong, the story they had was extremely solid, and they could have taken it in a million different directions, any other direction than the one they took. The story starts 70 years ago, when an entire town randomly decides to follow a path into the woods and are never heard from again. The FBI investigated, covered up whatever they found, and kept the whole area off limits, until a random group of people decide to investigate for themselves and write a book about their experiences. First of all, this group of people have no connection to the town, people, or even each other, so why do this? Second, for 70 years the FBI has kept the area off limits to everyone, so what makes this group so special? These idiots march into the woods and the only thing they find is music playing, music that gets progressively louder until it drives them insane. The music is from the Wizard of Oz, but the producers were too cheap to buy the rights to the music from the Wizard of Oz, so it's very similar melodies with different words that nearly drove me to insanity. These idiots romp through the woods makes the Blair Witch Project look like an Oscar worthy film by comparison. It's a lot of talking, and crying, and yelling, that leads to an ending that is by far one of the dumbest fucking things I have ever seen. The ending is the strangest part of all, in that it builds up and plays like it's some huge twist, which maybe it would have been had it made any sense at all. The acting was terrible, the direction was all over the place, and the film destroys the story worst than Paula Deen destroyed her career. This is one film you should absolutely avoid!
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2012
    I liked this one. It just kept me wondering throughout the whole thing. A very good psychological horror flick.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    This movie has a great premise; in the thirties the residents of a small town disappeared after wandering on a trail. Now a documentary team discover the location of the trail and set off themselves to investigate, becoming more and more unhinged as they go. This promising idea is ruined by amateurish acting and directing and awful effects. A rare case of a movie that could be improved with a big budget remake.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2011
    A cross between Blair Witch and Session 9 (if you haven't enjoyed neither, you won't like this for sure) with a nice slow pace that has an intriguing premise and delivers for the most part, though the last act is overly long and fails to creep you out like the first "crazy" moments. Could be much better if the last act kept the rythm of the middle section and if that ending was explored a bit more (though keeping it vague and in lines with Oz's mythology tone was a wise decision),
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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