Yellow Brick Road (2010 film)

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The characters of Yellow Brick Road are menaced by an ominous landscape and indescribable music...

Yellow Brick Road, AKA Yellowbrickroad (2010 film)

Summary

"They were searching for an evil in the forest... but the forest found the evil in them." In 1940, the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind without explanation, and vanished. Seventy years later, the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.....

Details

  • Release Date: 2010
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Horror, Found Footage
  • Runtime: 1 hr 38 min
  • Starring: Cassidy Freeman, Anessa Ramsey, Lee Wilkof
  • Director: Andy Mitton, Jesse Holland
  • Writer: Andy Mitton, Jesse Holland
  • Producer/Production Co: Points North Films
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes Page: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Sexual Situations)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Horror-Movie-a-Day, (link) - " Instead, our main character finds himself in some sort of [spoiler], confused out of his mind. And then bang, roll credits. WTF? And it’s a shame, because with a good ending this could have been a minor gem...."
  • Matthew Pridham at Weird Fiction Review, (link) - "When this movie refuses to explain itself, it does so for reasons which are perfectly consistent with its theme. Had it ended with a tidy explanation, or even a slightly more detailed one, it would have been betraying itself on a fundamental level...."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (link) (3.5/5 Stars) - "I liked the film for its going out on a limb and leaving everything entirely mysterious, very similar to The Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) in many ways. There is a vaguely unsatisfying end where Michael Laurino appears to make it to the end of the road and [spoiler]..."

Synopsis

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An expedition sets out to explore a mysterious forest where the residents of a town all died.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

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Keeper Notes

  • An expedition to discover the fate of an entire town that got up and walked away to vanish without a trace might make an interesting Call of Cthulhu scenario (though most players might want a somewhat more conclusive answer to their investigation than the one provided by this film....)