Slamdance 2010: ‘Yellow Brick Road’ Stills and Poster
by Marc Patterson
I only hope this film delivers everything it promises it can. First of all, I’m understandably excited not just because this is a horror film that takes place in New Hampshire, (my new home state of six years) but it was actually shot here in New Hampshire by a couple of local filmmakers. The film follows a group of documentarians as they try to unravel the mystery of The Yellow Brick Road in the town of Friar. While Friar New Hampshire isn’t a real town that pretty much won’t make a difference towards the effect of the film. The biggest thing going on here is simply some authentic horror-filled New England story-telling. And when it comes to supernatural horror New England can’t be beat.
Outside of the whole local angle I have to say the story looks quite impressive, and the trailer itself is pretty nerve wracking. Assuming this film maintains our expectations you can be sure we’ll be giving this a solid push over 2010 as it makes it way through Slamdance and hopefully into a theater near you.
Official Synopsis: One morning in New England, 1940, the entire population of Friar New Hampshire – 572 people – walked together up a winding mountain trail and into the wilderness. They left behind their clothes, their money, all of their essentials. Even their dogs were abandoned, tied to posts and left to starve. No one knows why.
A search party dispatched by the U.S. Army eventually discovered the remains of nearly 300 of Friar’s evacuees. Many had frozen to death. Others were cruelly and mysteriously slaughtered. The bodies of the remaining citizens are still unaccounted for.
Over the years, a quiet cover-up operation managed to weave the story of Friar into the stuff of legends and backwoods fairy tales. The town has slowly repopulated, but the vast wilderness is mostly untracked, with the northern-most stretches off limits to local hunters and loggers. In 2008, the coordinates for the “YELLOWBRICKROAD” trail head were declassified. The first official expedition into a dark and twisted wilderness will attempt to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar…and reach the end of the trail.
The Slamdance Film Festival runs from January 21-28, 2010 in Park City, Utah.
View the stills and then check out the official trailer: