Opening in theatres this Friday from writer/director Yam Laranas and GMS Filmes comes a look in the dark down “The Road”.
This film tells the story of a twelve-year-old murder case in a small town. Three teenagers go missing and its up to the local town hero to find them. From the beginning it is clear that there is a history to this area of people missing.
As the investigator looks for clues the story becomes even more mysterious as what is seen may or may not be what is real. There is more than the police ever expected and as the mystery unravels – the ending will shock everyone.
FINAL WORD: This really is an interesting film. I don’t see it much as a horror film really as that suggests blood and gore, etc. This is more eerie in that there is definitely a story that is being told with a long history. It is a mixture of the living and the dead all having their say but who is listening?
Writer/Director Laranas is from Manila and studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute. He learned from such legendary Filipino filmmakers as Nick Deocamp and Raymond Red. His first English-language film is the remake THE ECHO and released through Imagine Entertainment. This film won Best Cinematography, Visual Design, Editing, Sound and Music from the Critics Circle of Manila. It also won Best Musical Score from Screamfest LA International Horror Film Festival.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “The Road” three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is more a creepy kind of film rather than horror. It is interesting that what is horror in one culture is merely disturbing for another. I will give this film credit definitely for making it important to not miss a single frame. The story unwraps slowly and backwards so to watch it unfold is interesting.
It reminds me of “Psycho” and a few other horror films but I take that more of an homage than an insult, especially since it is pulled off so well. The acting, at certain moments, is a little confusing but not enough to lose interesting in the film.
In the end – nobody leaves the road.