Toad Road (2012 film)

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Summary

Sara talks James into taking her to Toad Road, a place that is rumored to be a doorway to the Seven Gates of Hell.

Details

  • Release Date: 2012
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Horror, Art/Experimental
  • Runtime: 1 hr 16 min
  • Starring: James Davidson, Sara Anne Jones, Whitleigh Higuera
  • Director: Jason Banker
  • Writer: Jason Banker
  • Producer/Production Co: Random Bench Productions, SpectreVision
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to R for full-frontal Nudity, Profanity, Adult Content, and mild Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • s____ (One-Half Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (an "Eldritch Location" film).

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - " The disappointment in viewing it as a genre film is that nearly two-thirds seems to be little related to horror territory. ...Toad Road is more promise than it ever is delivery. It seems to opens the door to a horror treatment and then closes it again without ever dealing with the fascinating premise it sets up. ...Toad Road is a film that is operating without the brilliance of Hanging Rock’s enigma and only proves frustratingly elusive in terms of providing anything."
  • Spencer at Bloody Good Horror, (link) - "...Toad Road is ambitious, uneven, poignant, and unbearably dull--but I’m convinced its creators are going places...."
  • Y.Whateley: "I've heard watching this film about a group of depressed and aimless recreational drug users on a metaphorical road to hell described as 'Like being the only sober person at a party', which perhaps isn't too unfair. I've also heard this one described as 'Lovecraftian', and it's very similar in many ways to what I've been referring to as 'Eldritch Location' films, but in this case I found this one to be even less 'Lovecraftian' than usual for this sort of thing, perhaps because, aside from a few minutes of hallucinatory content, there's almost nothing overtly horrific or even particularly speculative in this film, being more than anything else a shoe-gazing postmodern drama about a group of depressed teens using drugs to give meaning to their empty lives. Still, if that category of film scratches your itch for 'Lovecraftian' atmosphere, then perhaps this film will work for you...."

Synopsis

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Sara talks James into taking her to Toad Road, a place that is rumored to be a doorway to the Seven Gates of Hell.


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