Release Date: Available now at Amazon Instant Video.
Country: The Philippines.
Written by: Aloy Adlawan and Yam Laranas.
Directed by: Yam Laranas.
Starring: Carmina Villaroel, Rhian Ramos and TJ Trinidad.
From the first time this we saw the trailer for The Road, it definitely had our attention. It truly looked creepy and atmospheric, and we had high hopes, but it begged the question "can a movie directed by a guy named Yam be any good?"
Sure, why not.
|You can't run from ghosts! LOL|
The second story takes us back 10 years to 1998, and shows us two young sisters traveling down the same road (hence the title), making plans for college and being sisterly. When their car overheats,they turn to a creepy boy for help, and he lures them back to his house to get them some water... and yes, it's the same house from the first story, so you know they are not going to get their water. It doesn't end well for all invovled.
|"You come with me I make kidnap."|
The third story takes us even further back in time to 1988, where a lonely little boy is shoved in closets and told never to go outside by his domineering, evil Mother. I don't want to give too much more away here, since there are some twists that tie everything together, but suffice it to say that this kid does not grow up well adjusted at all. They also live in a house along the road (hence the title.)
|They look so happy together.|
The first story was good, but it didn't really pack many scares. Sure, there were plenty of creepy looking spirits running around, but it felt a bit... reserved, to us. Maybe we were just expecting the "ghosts" of the titular road to be a bit more vengeful and dangerous.
|Run, rabbit, run.|
The second story of the three was the one we liked the most, as it had everything; creepy atmosphere, disturbing visuals, tension, and even a bit of emotional pull thrown in for good measure.It felt almost Torture Porn-ish in a few places, although this movie was hardly Torture Porn at all. It was definitely the most engaging segment for us.
The third and last section of the movie, 1988, was solid enough, but by the time it rolled around it was obvious what the "twist" was and it took away a bit of the impact of it all. If anything, the this story was a bit sad, as it made us sympathize with the killer, a bit too much for our liking.
|Shine a light on it all you want to sir, it is what it is.|
|You died for catharsis. Thank you for your sacrifice.|
|She's very nice looking, too bad she has to die on an old country road like that.|