A huge thanks to our friends over at the Platform Media Group for being gracious enough to send me a screener for the upcoming Bloody Disgusting Selects, AMC Theatres, and The Collective‘s next entry in the Night Terrors Series, Yellowbrickroad.
For those of you lucky enough to have AMC Theatres participating in this partnership of bringing you the best Horror movies from around the world, I envy you watching Yellowbrickroad in the theaters proper. Directed and written by Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland the film deals with a group of researchers who decide to in an attempt to write a new book they will investigate the disappearance of the population of the town of Friar in New Hampshire over 70 years ago. Every single man, woman and child in Friar one day met at a trail head and began walking up the ancient trail and were never seen again…well, all but one of them that is.
A big thanks to Jesse Holland for the trailer upload on YouTube!
As someone who loves horror films after watching this film I was ecstatic to find I had a grin from one ear to the other. Why? The reason to watch horror flicks is to be scared, right? I’m not talking about the jump scare due to loud noises (Though there is something just marginally related to that in this film, though done more intelligently and one I wish I could experience in the theater) or ‘torture porn’ gore, that isn’t horror to me. Horror to me is the introduction of something that shouldn’t be there during normal situations, it’s something of a SPOILER but when the research team is on the trail after a few days they begin to hear music…1940’s music. I don’t mean like someone is walking around with a radio but an all encompassing and occasionally never ending serenade throughout the entire woods. That my friends is horror to me, or at least my favorite type of horror.
Yellowbrickroad very much to me is inspired by two things, a love of movies (The Wizard of Oz plays into this beyond the title) and a tip of the hat to H.P. Lovecraft. I look forward to seeing what else Andy Mitton & Jesse Holland have in store for us in their future because I believe you will agree with me that after seeing the film these two have a bright future ahead of them.
I must also make sure to give credit to all of the actors in the film, they bring out characters that you believe would continue to investigate the disappearances of the citizens of Friar even with the otherworldly serenade and the other disturbing happenings in their investigation. But in particular I would like to give extra kudos to Michael Laurino (Past Life), Alex Draper (John Adams), Anessa Ramsey (The Signal), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville), and Laura Heisler (Forged).
Yellowbrickroad hits participating AMC Theatres on Junes 1st. A big thanks to Dread Central for the awesome poster seen up top.