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Yellowbrickroad -- They went searching for an evil in the forest...but the forest found the evil in them.

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Writers:
Andy Mitton (written by)
Jesse Holland (written by)
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Tagline:
They were searching for an evil in the forest. . .but the forest found the evil in them.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(73 articles)
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 (From Dread Central. 20 August 2014, 7:15 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
solid, and managed to stick with me long after I had finished watching it. See more (92 total) »

Cast

 

Cassidy Freeman ... Erin Luger

Anessa Ramsey ... Melissa Barnes

Lee Wilkof ... Clerk / Usher

Clark Freeman ... Daryl Luger

Laura Heisler ... Liv McCann
Alex Draper ... Walter Myrick

Michael Laurino ... Teddy Barnes
Tara Giordano ... Jill
Sam Elmore ... Cy Banbridge

Directed by
Jesse Holland 
Andy Mitton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jesse Holland  written by
Andy Mitton  written by

Produced by
Cassidy Freeman .... executive producer
Clark Freeman .... executive producer
Eric Hungerford .... producer
Anessa Ramsey .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Michael Hardwick 
 
Film Editing by
Jesse Holland 
Andy Mitton 
Judd Resnick 
 
Production Design by
Joseph Varca 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Eggers 
 
Makeup Department
Arnee Dodd .... key makeup artist (as Arnee Cusano)
 
Production Management
T.J. Moore .... production manager
Samuel Roberts .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Oishi .... second assistant director
Lauder Robinson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ryan Farber .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Daniel Brennan .... sound designer
Daniel Brennan .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Kyllonen .... foley artist
Craig Kyllonen .... sound editor
Willy McKay .... boom operator
Greg Tobler .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Joel Brook .... special effects assistant
Blake Myers .... special effects
Josh Russell .... special effects makeup
Jack Skyyler .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Skyyler .... visual effects assistant
 
Stunts
John Vincent Mason .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Bowen .... first assistant camera
Zachary Catania .... key grip
Michael Farino .... best boy electric
Scott Leighton .... second assistant camera
Bert Mayer .... best boy grip (as Bert Mayer III)
Brandon J. Meadows .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rachel Qualliotine .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Tim Sutherland .... colorist
J.D. Funari .... trailer editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Sheri Moss Candler .... publicist
Deb Cole .... product placement
Brett Dollar .... script supervisor
Cori Hundt .... key production assistant
David Pollison .... acquisition consultant for Bloody Disgusting
 
Thanks
J.D. Funari .... special thanks
Matt Newton .... special thanks (as Matthew Newton)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violent content, language, some sexuality and drug material
Runtime:
98 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2011) | Germany:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #46654)

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Trivia:
Filmed in 20 days in the isolated, remote region of Pittsburg, NH.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
References Ghostbusters (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Redwood TrailSee more »

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57 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
solid, and managed to stick with me long after I had finished watching it., 28 May 2011
Author: shawn savage from United States

Buzz has been flying around about YELLOWBRICKROAD for some time now. Recently, the film was picked up for distribution by the newly formed "Bloody Disgusting Selects" label, and will begin a limited theatrical run on June 1st. The film has been touted as "Blair Witch done right". I'm not so certain that's anything outside of a hit farming quote, but I can see why the two films would be compared. A group of people set off into the woods where something horrible once happen in order to uncover the truth, and publish their findings in a book. Navigation equipment begins to malfunction, mysterious music begins to play from an unknown source, and the crew is wearing down very quickly.

The music that I spoke of before is one of the most important aspects of the film. It's the first indication that there's something very wrong about their surroundings, and you can see the group's mental state deteriorating as the music becomes more and more obnoxious. To be honest, at the half-way point, I was actually beginning to feel quite hostile myself. It was a very effective way to illustrate to the audience, a descent into madness. Just as it fades, you think it may be over, or at the very least the group will find the source, but it kicks back in to an even higher gear. On paper, that may sound a tad gimmicky, but in execution, it flawlessly delivers the filmmaker's desired effect.

This is not a jump-scare thriller, so if you're expecting cheap thrills, you'll be sorely disappointed. This is most certainly a slow burning film. At the 40 minute mark, nothing much had happened outside of character development, and atmospheric tension. For some, this will be a turn-off. But, if you appreciate the ability to invest yourself into the experience, and the characters, this will be a major selling point. When the inevitable begins, it's that much more effective, having built relationships with each character on screen.

There is a moderate amount of violence, but it's not really that type of film. The special effects are highly competent when they're used, and thankfully they're only used when required. Most filmmakers today try and cram as much gore into their film's as possible, as even if it's a weak experience, violence sells equally as well as sex. The deaths that do take place are highly disturbing, but it's mostly in a psychological way. There is one fairly gruesome death, and it happens in such a matter-of-fact sort of way that it sort of punches the collective audience in the gut.

I feel as if writers/directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton deserve a lot of credit here, for many things. In particular, not filming in first-person. Found-footage films are all the rave right now, and this duo could have very easily went that route. It sort of makes YELLOWBRICKROAD the anti Blair Witch Project. A film, similar in nature, with the ability to appeal to the audience that didn't have a positive experience with BWP. At the same time, fans of that film will find much to enjoy about YBR as well.

One factor that will split audiences is the lack of proper closure. Without spoiling too much, chances are if you have questions late into the film, you'll continue to have them after. This worked for me, as I didn't feel insulted as a viewer. I don't enjoy having bits of backstory, and unneeded vocal explanations of what could or could not be happening. It feels unnatural in every film that attempts it. Much is left to viewer interpretation, and in my opinion, it couldn't have worked any other way. There are certainly some things that I would liked to have learned, but I'm okay in it remaining unknown.

One thing that bugged me, and a very major thing at that, was the finale of the film. It felt forced upon my first viewing, though I do plan on watching a second time to see if it has a different effect. To me, the last few frames of the film seem to almost cheapen previous happenings. It's weird, as it didn't actually tarnish the whole experience for me, but it did make me re-think my opinion previous to the scene. It seemed like an unnecessary last minute effort, to rope in the viewers that need some sort of entity to blame things on. I would liked to have been left with that strange feeling in the pit of my stomach that the idea of everything remaining completely unexplained created.

Despite my problems with the ending, I can still recommend YELLOWBRICKROAD with confidence. It reminds me of another one of my favorites of the year so far, Insidious. It had me all throughout the beginning, held my enjoyment through the middle, and then sort of dropped the ball right at the end. Like Insidious though, enough had happened up until that point to leave a lasting scar on my psyche. If it weren't for the questionable tactics near the end, I would say that YBR was near perfect. Even taking that problem into consideration, it's still solid, and managed to stick with me long after I had finished watching it.

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