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YellowBrickRoad (2010)

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1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.
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Credited cast:
Michael Laurino ...
Teddy Barnes
Melissa Barnes
Walter Myrick
Sam Elmore ...
Cy Banbridge
Liv McCann
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One 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, all of their essentials. Even their dogs were abandoned, tied to posts and left to starve. No One knows why. A search party dispatched by the U.S. Army eventually discovered the remains of nearly 300 of Friar's evacuees. Many had frozen to death. Others were cruelly and mysteriously slaughtered. The bodies of the 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 is mostly untracked, with the northern-most stretches off limits to local hunters and loggers. In 2008, the coordinates for the "YELLOWBRICKROAD" trail head were declassified. The first official expedition into a dark and twisted wilderness ... Written by Andy Mitton and Jesse Holland

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They were searching for an evil in the forest. . .but the forest found the evil in them.


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Rated R for violent content, language, some sexuality and drug material | See all certifications »

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23 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Yellow Brick Road  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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Many of the cast and crew are alumni of Middlebury College in Vermont. See more »


Melissa Barnes: Are you going to kill me now? Here?
Daryl Luger: Yes.
Melissa Barnes: Does there have to be so much pain?
Daryl Luger: Yes.
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This great movie will find its audience
18 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love when people see a movie they don't get the first time, they become really defensive and think some artsy filmmaker out there's trying to make them feel stupid. Suddenly they're labeling it the worst movie ever, skipping straight to ridiculous statements like "worst movie I've ever seen". That's just crazy.

The horror genre's clogged with terrible meaningless crap about teenagers getting drunk and making stupid decisions, barely anyone ever tries anything new. In YELLOWBRICKROAD, we get characters who are actual people and professionals, dialogue that dares to have (gasp!) subtext, story turns no one would ever see coming (sounds like that's offensive to people, too), great ensemble acting, all of these things that it doesn't take an art-house fan to notice, it's just that people don't want to keep listening.

Here's the real deal: this is a psychological thriller and a patient character study that relies on atmosphere and creeping dread to get under people's skin rather than cheap pop-outs and stingers. It's not perfect, but for a tiny-budget indie it looks fantastic, it's well-performed, it's well-shot, and it features an incredible sound design that should be heard in 5.1 surround. The ending is polarizing, but it worked for me. Helps if you get all the references to films of the 1970s.

If you like lots of blood and guts, wet tee shirts on sluts, and brainless cookie-cutter plotting, go elsewhere. This movie never should have been marketed to you, anyway.

For the rest of you, if you don't mind a movie asking you to do a little work on your own, a little extra listening, you'll really like this one.

And no matter how many jackasses decide this movie sucks because it didn't lead them through every obvious plot point like every other piece of crap out there, more and more people who actually get it are going to discover it.

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