YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film

Madness-inducing wilderness, WTF moments, disturbing visuals

cover - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - lost in wildernessWhat if there existed a virtually unknown wilderness trail that caused hikers to gradually become more and more insane as greater distances were traversed, and the madness wasn’t noticeable to those affected? What if weird music started coming from the trees, from the grass, the ground – or are those surreal melodies coming from the sky? What if hikers in your group started behaving more and more violently, the maps stopped making sense, and compasses, watches, phones, iPods, and other devices all ceased to function properly? What if ingesting strong hallucinogenic substances found growing in the woods along the way started to sound like a responsible move, a wise idea under the circumstances? That’s a taste of what a weekend of hiking and camping might be like along the YellowBrickRoad. Maybe the trailhead sign and visitor register were taken down for good reasons…

Horror themes: Evil wilderness, local legend, missing people, hallucination, hallucinogenic drugs, human scarecrow, murder, lost, remoteness, self-injury, madness/insanity…

Verdict: 52/100… From an overall quality perspective, YellowBrickRoad is about average; it gets 52 points on the Supernatural Horror index. Although I felt the overall quality was average, the events and plot of the film itself were anything but average; as others have mentioned, there is a strong WTF aspect to YellowBrickRoad.

poster for YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - lost in wildernessAlthough the movie contained some decidedly disturbing visuals, I did not experience a genuine case of the creeps afterward (probably because there was no identifiable antagonist, apart from the wilderness itself), as has happened in the past with the horror movies that succeeded in scaring me the most. (I can still remember feeling uncomfortable and being jittery as I walked my dog late at night after seeing The Ring for the first time.) Unfortunately, the ending of YellowBrickRoad simply failed to deliver the goods – at least in the eyes of this nature-loving but jaded supernatural horror fan. It was a bit of a let-down.

On a more positive note, I would say that supernatural horror fans who are looking for something different, unique, and disturbing (in parts, anyway) should consider checking this movie out: It’s not bad for a low-budget indie horror flick. YellowBrickRoad scores points because of the way it lets its hair down, what with its atypical plot and some interesting horror themes I was not expecting. (Although I described it as low-budget, it did not have the feel of a B-movie or underfunded project; it seemed professionally done.)

Written and directed by: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton

Plot summary of YellowBrickRoad

movie still - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, lost in wildernessOne morning in New England, 1940, the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire – 572 people – walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. They left behind their clothes, their money, and everything else; even their dogs were tied to posts and left to starve. No one knows what caused the villagers to vacate. Much later, a search party dispatched by the U.S. Army finally discovered the remains of nearly 300 of Friar’s evacuees, YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - tripping, hallucinating in wilderness many having frozen to death. Other townsfolk were cruelly and mysteriously slaughtered. The bodies of dozens and dozens or remaining citizens are still unaccounted for. Over the years, a quiet cover-up operation managed to weave the story of Friar into the stuff of legends and backwoods fairy tales. The town has slowly repopulated, but the vast wilderness remains largely unexplored; its northernmost stretches were declared off limits to hunters, loggers, and hikers. In 2008, the coordinates for the “YELLOWBRICKROAD” YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - lost in wilderness trailhead were declassified. The first official expedition into the very same mysterious wilderness will attempt to reach the end of the trail and solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar. The husband-wife pair of investigator/ researchers Teddy and Melissa Barnes (Michael Laurino and Anessa Ramsey) coordinates a team effort which includes Forestry Service representative Cy (Sam Elmore), intern Jill (Tara Giordano), behavioral psych professor Walter (Alex Draper) and brother-sister map/ topo experts Daryl (Clark Freeman) and Erin (Cassidy Freeman) to investigate the legendary Friar, New Hampshire occurrences.

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movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, campfire in wildernessAround the campfire, before things get too bad

movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, camping in wildernessCamping, hiking fun – before terrible things start to happen

movie still - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, nice views in wildernessFantastic but mysterious wilderness

movie still - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, cutting his handCutting his hand for fun

movie still from YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, Daryl in wildernessDaryl

movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, Erin in wildernessErin

movie still from YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, lost in wildernessWilderness, fields

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movie still - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, lost in wildernessWilderness

movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film,horrofic discovery of fresh scarecrowHorrific discovery: from hiker to scarecrow in minutes

still from YellowBrickRoad, the 2010 supernatural horror film - leader Teddy in wildernessTeddy, the group leader

movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - lost in wildernessTrees

movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - the only vehicleThe only vehicle available, but not for long

movie still -YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film, nice views in wildernessThe nice views and beautiful scenery is largely unappreciated by this group, perhaps due to frequent, terrifying experiences

movie still - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - Walter in wildernessWalter

movie still - YellowBrickRoad, 2010 supernatural horror film - near the end of movieTowards the end of YellowBrickRoad movie

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Yeah, sometimes I trail off, even when I’m writing.
YellowBrickRoad would have been rated higher if the film had not gotten off to such a slow start… not that every horror occurrence needs to be described – it’s often more appealing if no attempt is made to explain the event(s); however, this time I wanted more background information than viewers were given. I really enjoyed the natural scenery – the vistas, the skyward shots, the trees, and the fields in YellowBrickRoad. The hallucination segment was entertaining.

Horror movies tend to rank lower.
The IMDb rating of 44 is pretty average for a horror movie, as are the relatively low scores on Rotten Tomatoes. IMHO, a rating of 44 might indicate a sub-par or poor comedy or drama, but for a title in the horror genre, a 44 might indicate a movie quality closer to average.