Slow burn movies are some of my least favorite horror flicks ever. I don’t necessarily need fast-paced action all the time, but for some reason I just don’t have the patience for them. “Yellowbrickroad,” however, is one that I’m glad I sat through finally, after hearing so many good things about it.
Co-directors Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton managed to make a film that is very creative and fresh, while still borrowing some elements from the past. I don’t really want to sit and compare it to other films in the horror genre because I feel that it deserves better than that. The pacing is perfect for this film and really lends to the story, helping viewers get closer to the characters and what they may be experiencing. We gradually see the decline of the group’s mental state and how it effects each and every person differently.
The acting in this film was very well done. Every actor was able to differentiate themselves and no one just blended into the crowd. In addition, the cinematography was pretty awesome, displaying a wide range of techniques from DP Michael Hardwick. From Evil Dead-esque first-person zooms to stunning scenery, “Yellowbrickroad” has it all.
I don’t usually comment on stuff like sound design, but “Yellowbrickroad” has some astounding sound structure that, again, really allows viewers to get inside each character’s head. From some great piano music and old-school songs to booming sonic blasts, everything in this movie sounds great.
There isn’t much gore to be had, but there is still enough to tide folks over if that’s their sort of thing. If you haven’t seen “Yellowbrickroad,” I recommend you get a hold of it and watch it right away. This one gets an overall rating of 3.5 bad berries out of 5.