The Road (2011 film)

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The Road
The Road film poster.jpg
U.S. Theatrical movie poster
Directed by Yam Laranas
Produced by
  • Jose Mari Abacan
  • Atty. Annete Gozon-Abrogar
  • Nora Javellana
  • Katia Montenegro-Pla
Written by Yam Laranas
Screenplay by
Starring
Music by Johan Soderqvist
Cinematography Yam Laranas
Edited by
  • Mae Carzon
  • Yam Laranas
Production
  company
GMA Films
Distributed by
Release date(s)
  • November 30, 2011
    (Philippines)
  • April 8, 2012
    (Brussels Film Festival)
  • May 11, 2012
    (United States)
  • May 24, 2012
    (Singapore)
Running time 115 minutes
Country Philippines
Language
  • Tagalog
  • English
Box office PHP 3.9[2]

The Road (stylized as The Яoad) is a 2011 Filipino psychological horror film directed by Yam Laranas, and starring Carmina Villaroel, Marvin Agustin, Rhian Ramos, Barbie Forteza and TJ Trinidad.[3][4]

The film was released in the Philippines by GMA Films on November 30, 2011 to positive reviews and moderate success. It was commercially released in the United States by Freestyle Releasing on May 11, 2012.

Plot[edit]

Prologue[edit]

Luis (TJ Trinidad) is a successful policeman who has been recently awarded for his skill in investigations, despite his track record of being reckless and failing to follow protocol. After his award ceremony, the chief of police is approached by a woman asking for new information about her daughters who went missing twelve years ago. Luis asks for the names of her daughters so he can try to find them, and the woman tells him that their names are Joy and Lara Luna. Asking his partner to retrieve the missing persons file, Luis sets out for his investigation, despite his colleague Greg's advice that he shouldn't give the woman false hope.

Story 1: 2008[edit]

Ella (Barbie Forteza) sneaks out at night with her cousin Janine (Lexi Fernandez) and Janine's boyfriend Brian (Derrick Monasterio), taking her mom's car so that they can find somewhere for Brian to tergrtgtach Janine how to drive for her driver's test. Ella and Brian are on bad terms because of Brian's alleged cheating on her cousin, however, and tensions are high between the two. On the highway they spot a patrol car, which causes them to panic as they don't have drivers' licenses. Brian tries to make a U-turn, but accidentally drives into a fence blocking a dirt road. While checking for damage to the car, Brian notices a gate and drives into the isolated road beyond, thinking it the perfect spot for them to learn to drive. Eventually the three notice a red car which keeps on passing them although they never pass it themselves, and that the car doesn't seem to have a driver. Panicking, Brian tries to get them off the road but discover that they are stuck in an endless loop, passing by the same tree again and again. Finally, the car stalls and Brian and Janine gets out of the car while Ella stays inside. Janine tries to convince Brian to go back for her cousin but Brian refuses to do so and instead promises Janine that they will go back for her with help. As the two walk through the woods, they spot a crashed red car. Meanwhile, finally panicking, Ella leaves the car and manages to catch up with the two. Ella manages to call her father and beg for help, but the red car suddenly bursts into flames, causing the three to leave the crash site. While running, the two girls are separated from Brian. They manage to get back into their car and attempt to drive away, but a ghost behind the wheel scares Janine. Ella, in a panicked state of mind, accidentally opens her car door and falls out of the car while Janine loses control and hits her head on the wheel. As Ella opens her eyes, she screams upon seeing the ghost of a burned woman looking down at her.

A few hours later, Ella's father, Luis and some officers, appear at the same road. They find Brian dead by the corn fields and it is revealed that Janine died when she hit her head on the wheel but they are unable to find Ella. Luis and Officer Allan find a house deep within the woods. Officer Greg tells them that he already searched the house and tells them that Ella isn't there. They also find the crashed car that the three teens passed by earlier. When Luis opens the backseat door, he sees a skeleton wearing a heart shaped locket.

The next day, they take the three bodies to the morgue. It is revealed that the skeleton corpse that they found is Lara Luna, whom her mother identified through her locket.

Story 2: 1998[edit]

Lara (Rhian Ramos) is driving with her younger sister Joy (Louise delos Reyes) on the same dirt road. As they drive, they pass by a teenage boy walking along the road (Alden Richards) and a few feet away from him, their car overheats. They get out and then ask him where they can get water and the boy tells them that he'll give them water by his house, which is the same house Luis and the others found years later. As they wait for him outside his house, Lara senses that something is wrong and tells Joy that they should leave. As they try to, the boy comes out and hits them with a wooden stick.

Lara wakes up a few hours later, with her foot chained to a bed post. She hears Joy's screams for help and begs him to let her and her sister go. The boy takes Joy down to the basement and proceeds to savagely beat her. A few minutes later, he returns Joy to her room beside her sister's. Lara apologizes to Joy that she couldn't protect her but Joy tells her that it's not her fault. As the boy comes to take Lara, she puts up a fight and scratches his neck. For now, the boy leaves her alone. Lara notices that he dropped the keys to her chains and proceeds to take it. She tries to search for Joy but notices that she's no longer there. She manages to sneak out of the house and falls into a pit which has corpses dumped in it. She sees that one is Joy. As she cries, she apologizes once again and finally leaves. The boy, meanwhile, has taken their car and proceeds to chase Lara with it. Eventually, he gently runs her over. As Lara tries to crawl away, The boy knocks her out and wraps a plastic bag around her head and ties a belt around her neck and her hands. As he drives back to his house, Lara suddenly awakens, causing the boy to crash. He leaves the car and watches it and Lara burn.

Back to the present day, Luis takes the officers back to the same house to look for Ella. As he and Officer Allan scope around, they find a picture of the old owners of the house. As Officer Allan goes to search someplace else, Luis finds Ella, who wasn't noticed by Officer Greg. She keeps yelling at him to 'let us go home' and finally passes out as Luis holds her in his arms. Luis takes her to the rendezvous point and takes her to the ambulance. As Ella's father tries to talk to her, she says that their car stalled due to overheating and tells him that they asked a teenage boy for water, revealing that Ella is possessed by Lara. Luis and Officer Allan decide to return to the house.

Story 3: 1988[edit]

A young boy (Renz Valerio) lives with his family in the house deep in the woods. As he looks out of his window, he notices a girl named Martha (Ynna Asistio) looking for his mother. The girl was there to see if the family needed their laundry doing. It is revealed that the boy isn't allowed to come out of the house and his abusive mother Carmela (Carmina Villaroel) tells Martha to come back tomorrow morning. Mistaking her son's conversation with Martha as an attempt to go out, Carmela locks him in a cabinet. During the evening, the boy's father (Marvin Agustin), who is a preacher, comes home and lets him out of the cabinet. The reason behind his isolation is because his parents believe that the outside world is full of sin. The reason behind Carmela's bitterness is because the family is struggling financially and her husband refuses to ask money from his congregation. The next day, the boy spots Martha doing their laundry. As he comes down and watches her by the door, she invites him to come out to play but he tells her that he's not allowed to come outside. Wanting him to experience some fun, Martha comes inside with a bucket of soap and they blow bubbles. Carmela comes down and is enraged at the sight. As Martha tries to stop Carmela from hurting the boy, Carmela accidentally knocks her into the door post and Martha dies. As the boy tries to wipe the blood away, he faints. Later that night, the boy wakes up and sees his mother hugging another man. As he comes down, his father tells him to wait upstairs so he and his mother can talk. It is revealed then that Carmela plans to leave her husband and the boy for the man. The boy's father tries to convince her not to do it, but she is stubborn and decides to go through with it. As the boy was listening, he passed out by his bed. The next morning his mother woke him up to have breakfast. When he came downstairs, his father tells him that Carmela left them and his father starts to throw up due to drunkenness. The boy adamantly insists that his mother is still there and in a fit of rage, his father shows him Carmela's corpse, revealing that his father killed Carmela. Frightened, the boy locks himself in the cabinet where he sees Martha's corpse. His father tries to get him out of the cabinet but when he sees Martha's corpse, he is shocked and has a breakdown. The next morning, the boy comes out of the cabinet and when he enters his parents' room, he sees that his father has hanged himself. It is revealed that the boy didn't go out of the house until he became a teenager and that the boy was the one who killed Joy and Lara Luna.

Epilogue[edit]

Back to the present, Luis and Officer Allan arrive at the house and when Allan finds a room bound with a new padlock, Luis orders him to beat the door down. When he does so, he sees that the room is a bed room. As they look around, Officer Allan notices Luis' medal. Luis knocks him out, wraps his head with a sheet and seals it with a belt around his neck, revealing to the audience that the boys in the second and third parts of the movie was none other than Luis himself. He walks back to the rendezvous point as other cops search the house. As he walks, he keeps on muttering 'I'm sorry, Mama. It won't happen again.' Back at the rendezvous point, Ella's father asks her who was the boy and Ella, still possessed by Lara, points at Luis. As the Chief of Police calls out to him, Luis shoots the chief two times in the chest. He gets in his car and drives away but his car stalls. As he tries to get out, the ghosts of Joy and Lara are with him in his car. He reaches for his gun and it is shown that Lara is forcing his hand to point his gun to his chin. As he mutters 'Mama, I'm sorry', Lara forces him to shoot himself. A few minutes later, the other cops find Luis in his car, dead.

The film ends with Luis as a young boy, finally able to go outside of his house and be free from his mother.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

According to its director/writer Yam Laranas, the film took five years to make, and is also intended to be released internationally.[15][16] According to a tweet by film producer Joey Abacan on January 23, 2012, the film is to be released in U.S. and Canada cinemas within the year. It is scheduled to have a commercial U.S. and Canada theatrical release on May 11, 2012 with English subtitles in over 25 markets/theaters.[17][18][19][20] It will also be showing again to some selected digital theaters in the Philippines in May 9, 2012.

International Release[edit]

These are the dates and country wherein The Road has been released:

Date Year Country Notes Reference
November 30 2011 Philippines Released Nationwide
April 8 2012 Belgium competed in 30th Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
[21][22]
May 9 Philippines (Re-Release) Selected Digital Theaters only
May 11 North America Limited Theaters in North America
May 24 Singapore Released Nationwide within Singapore
[23]

(notes: International Release is different from International Screening)

Home Media Release[edit]

According to The Road's director, Yam Laranas, The Road will be released onto DVD and Blu-ray formats on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 across stores in the U.S. such as Walmart as well as outlets such as Netflix, Redbox, Amazon and iTunes.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

As of May 13, 2012, the film opened with an estimated $61,200 in North America, ranking 27th in the box office, along with $849,565 in the Philippines, for a worldwide total of $910,765. The film has grossed $5,455 for the reshowing in the Philippines.[2]

Ratings[edit]

MTRCB rated this film R-13 while the Cinema Evaluation Board gave the film a review of Grade B. The film was released on November 30, 2011.[24][25]

The MPAA in the U.S. rated this film Rated R due to language, violence, gruesome and disturbing images, and intense scenes of terror.[26]

While Singapore rated this film NC-16 (not for children under 16 years old.)[27]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Click The City 3.5/5 stars[28]

The Road has received positive feedback from film critics, with a current "fresh" percentage of 71% and an average rating of 6.2/10 on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 18 reviews.[29] Reviewers have praised the atmosphere and the cinematography of the film, but panned its storyline and editing.

Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times wrote, "A powerfully atmospheric blend of ghostly encounters, horrific situations and missing-persons mysteries from the Philippine director Yam Laranas."[30] Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times remarked, "The film's three-pronged narrative does a fair job of laying a spooky groundwork for the revelatory emotional sadism that lies behind most acts of evil; it just takes a bit of clunky exposition to get there."[31] V.A. Musetto of the New York Post wrote, "(Laranas) delivers a maximum of suspense and horror, working wonders with a small budget."[32] Sam Adams of The A.V. Club gave a positive review, saying "The Road spends most of its time going in circles, working and reworking a small set of potent images. There’s a fine line between simple and crude, and The Road weaves back and forth over it like a rattletrap with a sudden flat, but Laranas makes a virtue of his limited means, steering clear of distraction and into the heart of darkness."[33]

A mixed review came from Ed Gonzales of Slant Magazine, who gave the film 2 stars out of four, saying, "For a spell, the film gets by on its unpretentious flair for atmosphere, even its disconcerting nonsensicality."[34]

Philbert Ortiz Dy of Click The City gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars. he stated, "But The Road, like many horror films today, is insistent on providing some sort of twist, regardless of how little sense it actually makes. The whole package is still pretty good, but it’s difficult to ignore that particular misstep."[28] ... That aside, this is a pretty decent horror experience. The film runs a little long, but part of that is due to the film’s patience. The film isn’t just trying to shock people. It builds atmosphere and constructs horrific situations that are meant to genuinely disturb. It isn’t just about ghosts popping out of nowhere. It’s more about the creeping realization that there are some things in this world that aren’t quite right, and people are going to get hurt because of it. Laranas’ meticulously composed frames make great use of the interplay between light and shadow, setting up an eerie atmosphere that permeates every second of the film.[...].[28]

Selected digital theaters[edit]

According to SM Cinemas and Click The City,[35] These are the cinemas in the Philippines where The Road starts re-showing on May 9, 2012:

Mall Cinema # Location Notes
SM Megamall 9 Mandaluyong City Closed
SM City Manila 8 Manila
SM City Fairview 5 Quezon City
SM North EDSA 10

As of May 17, 2012, SM Cinemas officially closed The Road in re-showing.

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Date of Ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref
PMPC Star Awards for Movies 14 March 2012 Movie of the Year Nominated [36][37]
Movie Director of the Year Yam Laranas Nominated
New Movie Actor of the Year Alden Richards Nominated
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Yam Laranas Nominated
Golden Screen Awards 24 March 2012 Breakthrough Performance by an Actress Lexi Fernandez Nominated [38][39]
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor Alden Richards Nominated
Derrick Monasterio Nominated
Best Cinematographer Yam Laranas Nominated
Best Sound Albert Michael Idioma Won
Best Musical Score Johan Soderqvist Nominated
Best Visual Effects Underground Logic Nominated
FAMAS Awards 24 September 2012 Best Picture Nominated [40][41]
Best Director Yam Laranas Nominated
Best Actor TJ Trinidad Nominated
Best Actress Rhian Ramos Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Marvin Agustin Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Carmina Villaroel Nominated
Best Child Actor Renz Valerio Nominated
Best Screenplay Yam Laranas, Aloy Adlawan Nominated
Best Story Yam Laranas Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Best Art Direction Melchor Defensor Nominated
Best Sound Alex Tomboc, Lamberto Casas Jr., Addiss Tabong Nominated
Best Editing Mae Carzon, Yam Laranas Nominated
Best Special Effects Jessie Abiva, Carlo Abello, Ryan Abugan Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nathaniel Robite, Joseph Ramos, Ryan Jose Ticsay Nominated
Best Musical Score Johan Söderqvist Nominated

See also[edit]

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