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‘Road Head’ review: Comedy horror enjoys low hanging fruit

It is hard to swallow.

Road Head is a comedy horror that lives up to its title. Yes, there are multiple instances of oral sex early on, but that is not what stands out. From the name of the film to the writing, the movie is content to grab the low hanging fruit. But what is to be expected from a movie that proudly states on its poster, “This one is hard to swallow”?

The quick answer is not much at all. A more generous and correct response would be cautious optimism. The film is B horror, complete with gross out gags and toilet humor. The sub genre thrives on its silliness. Of course, this only works if there is charm to the story. The jokes start to where thin if the audience does not have something or someone to get behind.

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This is where Road Head slips up. Things open with some bad jokes before a drawn out conversation that fails at all attempts at being funny. It is a poor start to what could be an interesting horror movie. The plot follows Bryan (Clayton Farris), his boyfriend Alex (Damian Joseph Quinn), and Bryan’s best friend Stephanie (Elizabeth Frullon). The three are headed to a lake that turns out to be dried up. From there Road Head introduces cults, a drag queen, and some decent gore. It sounds like a lot, but it all comes together nicely when things are firing on all cylinders.

Just when things seem to have settled into a groove, the movie loses its way at the end. There are a number of tonal changes, leading to an unsatisfying conclusion. It is unclear what the story is going for, but there are nuggets of interesting ideas. There is fun to be had, but it is surrounded by odd choices.

Road Head comes to on demand and DVD June 4

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