Thursday, August 22, 2013
There was a horror movie filmed in my stomping grounds. “Yellow Brick Road.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YellowBrickRoad In 1940 the whole population of a small town disappears into the forest. At least 300 people are found dead, many just disappear. 70 years later a team investigates the disappearance.
Recently I noticed it was available on Netflix streaming and I finally got a chance to see it. It would have been really neat to see it in the actual movie theater where some scenes were filmed, but that was not to be.
Okay then. It's a horror movie and that's not everyone's cup of tea. The thing that I got a huge kick out of was that I recognized much of the area where it was filmed. The movie theater where the story begins is in Lancaster NH. I've seen movies there and the lobby still looks like it does in the film.
It's the scenes shot in the woods that I liked. There are places out there in the woods where it's possible to feel like you are the last person on earth. That's pretty rare in much of the world. However, even the deepest woods have felt the hand of man. Logging roads criss cross the whole area. Someone who knows a bit about forestry can see that much of the movie is shot in second growth forest. I do know of some old growth areas, but they are rare -too rugged to be easily logged then later protected.
While I have seen some weird and unexplained things out there, it was nothing like in the movie. People have gone mad and even died in those woods. The wild places are not to be treated lightly.