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Review: Yellowbrickroad

Subverting the standard horror format
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  June 2, 2011
1.5 1.5 Stars

Directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton appear to be trying to avoid the stereotypical standard horror-movie schlocker and do something more ambitious. Following a brief introduction to the titular path down which the entire population of a close-knit New Hampshire town mysteriously disappeared in 1940, we next meet the modern-day research team that sets out to crack said mystery. Standard horror format would suggest that the team members would get picked off one by one, but the writer/directer duo opt to ratchet the suspense with a couple of ruffles. The compass goes wonky. Creepy music appears from nowhere. All good, except that by about the one-hour mark, nothing has really happened, and instead of continuing to slow simmer the tension, they turn the carnage up to 11 and we arrive at something resembling a mid-'90s Marilyn Manson music video. Just bizarre.

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