Toad Road

Toad Road

DVD - 2013
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Stuck in a dead-end town, young James kills time with his druggie friends until he meets Sara, a sweet new arrival to their group. However, Sara wants James to take her further into the world of narcotics experimentation, and take her to a spot in the forest that is apparently home to the Seven Gates of Hell.
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Artsploitation Films, [2013]
ISBN: 9781939196125
1939196124
Branch Call Number: Feature
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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ClarkHarveyRoth
Mar 02, 2016

I'll go ahead & register a positive review of this film...I wasn't expecting much after watching the trailer, which gave the impression of hand-held cameras yawnfully trained on pretentious party kids. In fact the cinematography really saved the movie for me, as it hovers reflectively above the chaotic, inebriating paces that James & company put themselves through. Themes of escapism providing no real escape...youthful obsession turned bitter, then rancid...the pseudo-spiritual hubris of psychedelics in the wrong hands & heads. A large portion of the story toward the end hinges on Sara's monologue about the seven gates of hell, as they're played out externally in the forest & internally in the querent, & I wasn't sold on the writing there, & I certainly could have imagined more stylized set designs for those frames, once all hell is actually breaking loose. But what's there was fine, if subtle, & this wasn't a bad movie by a long shot. I hope the director keeps on working, because you could discern a very talented, sensitive mind behind this one. Also, to concur with my fellow reviewers: here be ballz. Lots of 'em. CR

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GingerKaren
Dec 09, 2015

Yikes! What starts out as a bizarre encounter in the woods turns into meaningless nudity. Really too much for me. Bleah!

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jimcrackmuthah1
Oct 26, 2015

"... genuine and disturbing..."
"...should digest well with those sick of mediocre horror films."

baloney.
45 minutes into the film, there is still not even a substantial whiff of horror, and thereafter, only a whiff. I am sick of these kind of indulgences in post-teen debauchery, for its own sake. So fuckin what? I did it, I don't need to see it when I'm looking for some kind of art, which these filmmakers clearly think they are delivering. Delusion. Nothing resembling actual horror or suspense, or even any real drama, is presented. Utterly pointless. And gross false advertising by The Wall Street Journal and Indiewire. If I had to sell this, I would say "A perfectly serviceable flick on the subject of young adults indulging in a pointless search for thrills." You'd be much better off just doing it yourself. I can see the intent was to outdo Blair Witch. Majorly pathetic swing-and-a-miss.

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