Runtime: 1h 38m
Directors: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton
Writers: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton
Stars: Michael Laurino, Anessa Ramsey, Alex Draper
“What are we watching?”
“Something to do with guns and tits and the end of the world.”
Initial: Y, also a letter with few choices…
What Did I Think:
A few months back I watched a biopic about David Bowie that included no David Bowie music. YellowBrickRoad feels like a horror movie that wanted to hang its hat on The Wizard of Oz, but couldn’t include any mention of it other than characters mentioning it once in a while. While the doomed townspeople were supposedly obsessed with it before disappearing, it isn’t on the theater’s marquee in the “archival footage” at the beginning. Further, the characters are harried by big band music coming from nowhere. How much creepier would it have been is it had been music from Oz? Also, when the characters first start hearing odd noises, there is a delay in their reaction. I didn’t realize that the noises were diegetic sounds instead of soundtrack. Along the same lines, while this isn’t a found footage film, there are occasions when the filming camera glitches and dips at odd angles. It’s meant, I guess, to convey the disorientation of the characters, but considering the problems they’ve been having with their electronics, it feels more like a 4th wall break. These glitches always happen in a medium-ish shot from a point of view that isn’t any of the characters.
As is, the film is strangely claustrophobic for a story about open spaces. Closeups and medium shots abound. There are several moments of abrupt violence that weirdly have little lasting impact. YellowBrickRoad seemed too long while also feeling like details had been trimmed from certain scenes.