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If it's patchy and derivative it also has a compelling, soapy undertow that kept me watching.
[Laranas] delivers a maximum of suspense and horror, working wonders with a small budget.
This philosophical film helps elevate the film above the usual scared-teenager shocker although, sometimes, the film ignores the bread-and-butter demands of the genre.
The film's three-pronged narrative does a fair job of laying a spooky groundwork for the revelatory emotional sadism that lies behind most acts of evil; it just takes a bit of clunky exposition to get there.
A powerfully atmospheric blend of ghostly encounters, horrific situations and missing-persons mysteries from the Philippine director Yam Laranas.
This low-budget shocker eventually pays off, displaying just enough narrative ingenuity to compensate for a cinematically crude and logistically sketchy deployment of the requisite blood-and-guts mayhem.
Laranas definitely has the mind and vision for good horror, but still has a bit to go before he can be called a 'master of the genre.'
While effectively moody...proves overlong for optimal shock value, with entirely too many dull stretches along the way.
Genre fans beware -- 'The Road' proves a bumpy ride, slow-going, monotonous and, the most unforgivable sin of all, not in the least scary.
... Enough rattling thrills for the date-night crowd, and enough story and character for older film buffs to chew on. The ride home afterwards might require your high beams.
Heavy on atmosphere, but light on substance.
For a spell, the film gets by on its unpretentious flair for atmosphere, even its disconcerting nonsensicality.
This film's main problem is that it is about 20 minutes too long. I could also point toward its predictability and it being derivative of other films as flaws, but I'm not going to because I thought that the movie, even with this, did a good job at telling an effective story, well as effective as a horror film can be, while at the same time managing to do a lot with its, seemingly, low budget. Visually the movie does some very cool stuff and it gets the atmosphere just right, there are some tense moments throughout the film. The problem lies in the fact that the movie is simply too long. The first part of the movie, the film is divided into 3 parts, simply takes forever to get to the point. I understand it was probably done to build suspense, but was it really necessary to have the 3 characters driving in the middle of a dark road for 20 minutes without anything happening. In a way it does build up suspense adequately, but I think you could've gotten to the point in 10 minutes and the movie would've been even better. And the other parts of the movie have moments like these, where you could've simply cut it out altogether to the benefit of the film. But I did like the story, it did a good job at making you, not necessarily empathize, but understand how a person can become a psychopath. Really at its core, the film is more character driven than you would originally think. It still has some good and scary scenes but at its core the film is about what exactly makes get to a point where they become insane and do horrid things to other human beings. So I liked that they, sneakily, had a story to tell and it wasn't all about the horror. So while not without its flaws, I certainly enjoyed this film a lot. It's not perfect but it's still quite a good film.
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