Toad Road


Toad Road (2013)



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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. (c) Artsploitation

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Mr. Banker teases us with a dizzy, dislocating shooting style that throws up a succession of eerily arresting images. Even so, his film never overcomes the fact that watching drugged-out wastrels is rarely interesting ...

Oct 24, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Think of it as the CliffsNotes version of Dante Alighieri's "Inferno."

Oct 17, 2013 | Full Review…

The first unique horror film to come along in years.

Oct 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Toad Road is not a success and I must continue to fantasize about how great the film could have been.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Jason banker finds the ironic beauty that arises from his characters' self-contemptuous and misplaced acts of destruction.

Oct 21, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...(often)too much about the party and not enough about the paranormal.

Oct 20, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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