Check Out An Exclusive Teaser And Character Posters For Indie Weirdness TOAD ROAD

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Jason Banker's Toad Road is the sort of film that defies easy categorization, a deliberately raw and naturalistic indie that veers off down unexpected trails whilst dabbling in psychoactive drugs and elements of horror. It is, in other words, the sort of film that ScreenAnarchy exists for. And it is soon to be hitting screens with a limited theatrical release beginning October 18 in LA and October 25 in New York.

A different kind of American independent horror film, the hypnotic Toad Road, presented by Elijah Wood and his SpectreVision production company, unfolds like a hallucinatory cross between the sexual candor of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, and the backwoods creep-out of The Blair Witch Project. Young James kills time with his small town druggie friends, engaging in excessive chemical intake, until he meets sweet new arrival Sara. But just as James wants to abandon the narcotics life, Sara wants him to take her further into mind-altering experimentation...and she also wants him to introduce her to the sinister local legend of Toad Road, a spot deep in the forest that is apparently home to the Seven Gates of Hell. Writer-director Jason Banker's debut is a unique fusion of documentary-like realism, and otherworldly, haunting rural terror. Unlike any other film you'll see this year, Toad Road is a mesmerizing trip.
We've got a quartet of character posters for this one along with an exclusive new teaser. Check them out below.

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  • Mr. Cavin

    I think it looks pretty damn neat. This is the kind of edgy audiovisual assault that I loved seeing in Adam Wingard's short stuff but is unaccountably missing in his feature-length stuff. Can't wait to check this out.

  • That's a very good comparison, IMO.

  • Monsiuer Hulot

    I's only a teaser, but.........I've been excited to check this one out...........and I was definitely expecting something a little more engaging out of a trailer. Isn't this supposed to be a horror movie...driving its characters through the seven gates of hell.....or the perception of hell? I'll still give it a chance, but if the horror in this film is comprised of people with blood on their face or puking blood.....and going, "OMG.....I'm tripping balls".....and that's it.........I'm going to be very disappointed. Please deliver.......we need more esoteric, psychoactive horror these days.

  • Oh, it's very much not the kind of movie you seem to be expecting. This is not a hardcore horror film at all and doesn't really fit cleanly into any genre categories. There's a strong horror element to it but it's got its own thing going on ...

  • Monsiuer Hulot

    I'll definitely check it out, regardless........I'm intrigued by what you describe.....and the hype I've heard behind the film, but.........I'm still fuzzy on what this is (which is good sometimes). Gotta say......the footage in that teaser looks pretty goofy/juvenile......not at all what I was expecting. I think I was imagining something closer to a hybrid between an acid-y "Requiem for a Dream" and the psychological horror of "Hour of the Wolf".

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