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Toad Road2012

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  • 3.3
A different kind of American independent horror film, the hypnotic TOAD ROAD, presented by Elijah Wood and his SpectreVision production company, unfolds like a hallucinatory cross between the sexual candor of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine and the backwoods creep-out of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Young James kills time with his small town druggie friends, engaging in excessive chemical intake, until he meets sweet new arrival Sara. But just as James wants to abandon the narcotics life, Sara wants him to take her further into mind-altering experimentation and she also wants him to introduce her to the sinister local legend of Toad Road, a spot deep in the forest that is apparently home to the Seven Gates of Hell. Writer-director Jason Banker's debut is a unique fusion of documentary-like realism and otherworldly, haunting rural terror. Unlike any other film you'll see this year, TOAD ROAD is a mesmerizing trip.

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Everyone is aching, in a fetal position of total stasis. Sublime hell. The music wafts and wades, floats like petals of ash. A sort of eulogy. A sort of vanishing act. And the space within the film has so much texture that you can feel the grime and loose rocks. Gus Van Sant, Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Gia Coppola, and Jacob Aaron Estes have made films in a similar vein, but the dystopia shown here is too tangible. Think Picnic at Hanging Rock but with more puke.

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Everyone is aching, in a fetal position of total stasis. Sublime hell. The music wafts and wades, floats like petals of ash. A sort of eulogy. A sort of vanishing act. And the space within the film has so much texture that you can feel the grime and loose rocks. Gus Van Sant, Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Gia Coppola, and Jacob Aaron Estes have made films in a similar vein, but the dystopia shown here is too tangible. Think Picnic at Hanging Rock but with more puke.

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Deep, deep movie. On the surface this seems like an essay on the damage drugs do to people. But there is a much heavier side to it. I need to re-watch it, but its certainly has some haunting hidden meanings within. Weak ending, though :-(

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A definitely strange, creepy trip into pointless drug use. All the more depressing when you read the dedication at the end. You will go straight to Wikipedia.

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Sara is great _sorry she died(i just read about her death_sad)_i didn't really like the film (unless she was in it)_until James & Sara go to hell_the it's pretty amazing_all shot well_too bad she's wonderful

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This film is basically a bunch of hipsters doing drugs. It picked up in the middle and began to have a bit of a plot but not enough to make it interesting.

a good movie it will make you think

Not a horror movie.

Nothing not cliched here, and that should read "lamely cliched..." Not a whole lot of adult rational thinking went into this, although at least one of the people involved (there may have been more than one, but that's a stretch) figured out that "toad" rhymes with "road."