10:00PM SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24TH 2018
2017, USA, 97 Min
Directed by Matthew Currie Holmes
Cast: Danny Glover, Michelle Mylett, Dominique Provost-Chalkley
There is a small rural stretch of road that connects Westchester to White Plains New York called Buckout Road. It home to over a dozen terrifying urban legends and is considered, by some to be the most haunted road in America.
Buckout Road’ follows a college class project on modern mythology that turns deadly when a trio of students discovers a series of horrific urban legends surrounding Buckout Road may actually be true. The deeper they dig into the road’s dark, mysterious history, the more dangerous their quest becomes.
Buckout Road is a terrifying new supernatural horror film that harkens back to the high concept ‘midnight movie’ of the late 80’s. A fun & shocking thriller with a twist ending you will never see coming.
“Buckout Road is a culmination of everything I adored as a young lad, perusing the shelves of my local video store trying to find that GoreZone magazine approved, low budget/high concept horror film. Gems like Renny Harlin’s Prison, Night Of The Demons, I, Madman and Anthony Hickox’s gory and hilariously twisted Waxwork were my VCR’s mainstay. While bigger movies like The Lost Boys, The Blob, Pumpkinhead and Child’s Play were flying the horror flag at the local the cinema, it were these indies (and dozens more like them) that won my teenage heart.
These spine tinglers weren’t afraid to be unique, bold and more than a little crazy… They were the new Midnight Movie and I consumed them all veraciously. It was in that spirit, I made Buckout Road.
Buckout Road is a supernatural thriller that tells the story of a group of college kids whose class project on ‘the creation and destruction of modern myth’, turns terrifying when they come to realize the many urban legends surrounding the infamous Buckout Road (aka The Most Haunted Road In America) may, in fact, be REAL. What attracted me to this project was the fact that it is an actual road situated in upstate New York. This small stretch is the birthplace to many spooky stories which was the impetus for me to come up with the conceit that it is no coincidence – Evil has always existed and it is The Road itself that is the portal. I’ve always been fascinated with the supernatural laying underneath the surface of our lives; shadow forces that are responsible for unexplained horrors, amassing strength on the perpetual fear those horrors instill. The theory that the only reason The Boogyman exists is because people are afraid him.
There’s a great saying: “Science doesn’t care what you believe.” Ironically at Buckout Road The Evil doesn’t care either – It will find you and when it does, you’re done.
The Devil is never as scary as just knowing he exists. It’s so much scarier just knowing that evil is all around us; replete with the ability to serpentine in and out of our lives as clandestinely as a thought, or a dream.
Through the characters first dream of the urban legends surrounding Buckout Road, then ultimately subconsciously succumb to that evil, I was able give a physicality to their plight. The dreams are strange mental movies that provide bizarre road maps to the truth.
The characters take this Jungian treasure map and try to solve the mystery of Buckout Road… but, like all classic midnight movies, nothing is really what it seems and the closer they get to solving this mystery the further down the rabbit hole they fall.
Buckout Road is classic tale of good vs evil that I chose to tell bereft of any modern, biting cynicism, self awareness or mockery. It is a fun, often shocking, loving throwback to those high concept low budget midnight movies I adored as a teen. “
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