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GMA Films’ newest movie “The Road” introduces its viewers to a whole new level of horror where there is no room for clichés and predictable outcomes, but only for a mind-boggling and hair-raising thrill ride .

Described by international film critics as:

“Creepy to the extreme. It gets under your skin and stays   there.”
Jason Bene, KillerFilm.com
“A beautifully shot, twisted supernatural tale with incredible FX and great scares!“
Brad Miska, Editor-In-Chief of Bloody Disgusting
“Stunning cinematography and sound design combine to create a truly unsettling atmosphere.”
Todd Brown, Editor-In-Chief of Twitch Film

THE PLOT

The Road is a story about a twelve-year-old cold case, which is reopened when three teenagers go missing while traversing an infamous and abandoned road.  As investigators try to find leads to the whereabouts of the missing teens, they also unearth the road’s gruesome past that spans two decades – a history of abduction, crimes and murders.  Although the road is isolated, anyone who tries to pass through it can be sure that he is not alone.  Lingering in the dark and desolate pathway is a vengeful ghost who makes sure no one leaves the road – alive!

THE DIRECTOR

Known for his unorthodox brand of film-making, “The Road” director Yam Laranas (Sigaw/The Echo) promises to treat moviegoers to a fresh new approach to horror.

Nakakatuwa nga kasi meron kaming listahan ng mga eksenang hindi na dapat isama sa pelikula kasi gasgas na: yung mga tipong hinihila sa ilalim ng kama, yung may tatapik sa likod mo tapos paglingon mo kaibigan mo lang pala, etc.  Sabi ko, ‘pag walang kinalaman sa istorya, wag na nating ilagay.’ Kasi yung audience –lalo na yung mga mahihilig sa horror – alam na nila lahat ‘yan e.  Hindi mo sila mabobola.  At feeling ko nakakahiya sa audience kung ang ipapakita mo sa kanila ay ang mga bagay na napanood na nila,” Laranas said.

THE CAST

The Road” stars Carmina Villarroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza, TJ Trinidad, tween stars Alden Richards, Louise delos Reyes, Derrick Monasterio, Lexi Fernandez, Ynna Asistio and Renz Valerio.

Also starring in the film are John Regala, Lloyd Samartino, Gerald Madrid, Allan Paule, Dex QuindozaAna Abad Santos and Ms. Jacklyn Jose.

RAIN CHECKS “THE ROAD”

Let me start by saying that this movie in definitely not for children or the faint of heart.

THE STORY

The plot was extremely unorthodox for a local horror film.  I love how it leaves you guessing from start to the climactic ending.  Actually it leaves you guessing until the very end.  It was so brutally and artistically expressive..  psychologically and intellectually compelling.  The moral dilemma of the main characters can be felt all throughout the film.   If I have to make a very short description about what kind of story this film has – i’ll have to say “This is how I would like to be scared!”

I am a great fan of horror films and novels, “The Road” writer and director  Yam Laranas did not fail me on this one.  It is way better than “Patient X”.

Something about the story makes you feel attached to it.  I just haven’t pin pointed it yet.  It may be the simple but vivid characters or the flow of the story itself.  Whatever it is,  I am sure that Filipino horror movie fans are in for a great ride.

This is not your typical horror story, it’s more like a psycho-thriller and ghost story hybrid.  Which makes it more interesting.  You can compare some of the scenes to other horror films you’ve watched but not the entire film.

THE FILM

Apart from its superb cinematography and unique storyline, The Road also boasts of a hauntingly beautiful musical score created by Swedish composer Johan Soderqvist who received international recognitions for his score in the 2009 horror-thriller, Let the Right One In.

“Awesome”  I can’t seem to find any flaws on this one.  I am basing my observations on local film standards – maybe I should change lens on this one. 🙂

THE ACTORS

This is maybe the scariest role ever portrayed by CARMINA VILLARUEL – she’s really perfect for the role.  It’s like, from now on and every time I see Carmina, I’ll have goosebumps and say “opo mama… opo mama.”   And that is not a joke!

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(I need to make a pause on that one, still digesting)

YNNA ASISTIO is so enchantingly beautiful and I have to commend LOUISE DELOS REYES for a very realistic performance.

TJ TRINIDAD had me fooled (excellent), ALLAN PAULE too which only proves that they have played their roles very well.

RHIAN RAMOS and BARBIE FORTEZA is an asset to this film.  Their role will be the source of screams in the theaters.

MARVIN AGUSTIN is as always an excellent actor.  Even the tween stars and the supporting cast did their part very well!  They’re all great!

RAIN’S VERDICT

It’s a stormy Wednesday next week!  Pack all your courage and prepare yourselves for the scariest movie of the year – The Road – showing in theaters nationwide beginning November 30.  This is SIGNAL NUMBER 3!  Hope to see more Films like this in the future.

A friendly reminder:  If you’re not brave enough, be cautioned..DON’T WATCH IT ALONE!

Here’s the official trailer of “THE ROAD”

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIUtDq3-3Vo]


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