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Rated NR · 75 min. · 2013

Horror, Suspense/Thriller

A different kind of American independent horror film, it is a hallucinatory and hypnotic odyssey through mutating realities, drug use, urban legends, and nightmares. Imagine a fusion between the sexually candid naturalism of Larry Clark or Harmony Korine, and the backwoods creep-out of The Blair Witch Project, and you'd be halfway there. Stuck in a dead end town, young James kills time with his druggie friends, engaging in debauched chemical intake to the point of unconsciousness, until he meets Sara, a sweet new arrival to their group. However, Sara wants James to take her further into the world of narcotics experimentation (just as James was contemplating abandoning this lifestyle) - 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. This is an enigmatic and unique fusion of improvisational realism, and otherworldly, haunting rural terror. Unlike any other film you'll see this year, it is mesmerizing.

Director: Jason Banker
Writer: Jason Banker
Producer: Elijah Wood & SpectreVision and Random Bench
Cast: Sara Anne Jones, James Davidson, Jim Driscoll and Whitleigh Higuera

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