Sunday, May 29, 2011
YellowBrickRoad: Jesse Holland & Andy Mitton's scare fare debuts in the AMC/ BloodyDisgusting/The Collective series
YELLOWBRICKROAD, receiving its theatrical premiere around the country via the collaborative late-night series from AMC, BloodyDisgusting.com and The Collective. Full-length first-timers Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton do a nice job with their premise, dialog and acting ensemble to create a situation that -- while pretty bizarre and open-ended -- is surprisingly believable and unsettling, all things considered.
Michael Laurino, above) brings along his wife Melissa (Anessa Ramsey, below, right) and their best friend Walter (Alex Draper, below, left) for comfort and assurance.
Clark Freeman, shown at bottom, and Cassidy Freeman), with a small-cheese-but-pleasant law enforcement fellow along for show (Sam Elmore) and, of course, the ever-present "intern" (Tara Giordano). The wild card in the bunch is Liv (a very good Laura Heisler, below), the girl who dispenses popcorn at the local movie theater and begs to come along because, well, she knows certain things. Uh-huh...
The Wizard of Oz to Blair Witch, Supernova and the recent Deadfall Trail. The filmmakers dispense their surprises well, along with blood and gore (handled with some discretion, thank you) and one truly shocking scene that should leave you gasping. But the movie ought to have been cut by 15 or 20 minutes.
Vanishing on 7th Street), because they are short, fast and consistently interesting. Here, interest lags, as (per usual) one by one our cast gets "offed." And there is simply not enough content here to deserve the 100 minutes of screen time.
AMC theaters around the country. Click here for screening dates and times -- and then click on Find Your Theater under YELLOWBRICKROAD.