Urban legends; I dig ’em, and apparently so does the horror biz at large, because we sure do get a veritable shit-ton of fright flicks involving them… like The Curse of Buckout Road for instance…
Said curse on Buckout Road is that seemingly all manner of urban legends call the locale their haunted home… and that makes that revoltin’ road (located in Westchester, New York) a real ass pain for those that have to traverse it.
Enter former military-man Aaron (Evan Ross) who takes up residence with his shrink uncle Lawrence (Danny Glover), who thankfully for us horror hounds, is B.D. in a case involving three college kids who are dealing with supernatural shenanigans after investigating that eponymous road… and soon our hero gets caught up in the ghoulish goings-on, and with the help of Reverend Mike (Colm Feore) attempts to find which monstrous menace (for the record, said menaces are albino cannibals, a vengeful ghost, and hot under the collar witches) is the real deal and put an end to evil’s reign!
Speaking of that terrifying trio; each of the stories presented transpires in their own unique style, with the cannibals bit being the best as it’s done-up in full on grindhouse style replete with raunchy soundtrack. This sense of fun and creativity takes what could have been a by-the-numbers horror pic and made it into something that attempts to stand severed head and shoulders above the pack.
Adding to the positives are some great performances… Ross makes for an engaging lead, and Glover and Frore deliver solid turns as is their way… effective scares, and some good gore to sink our horror hound canine teeth into!
Now all is not wicked wine and rotten roses with The Curse of Buckout Road. If you like your horror biz on the super serious side, you’ll want to move along as filmmaker Matthew Currie Holmes keeps things toungue firmly in cheek. Yours cruelly dug on the more off-kilter and humorous approach this one took, but your maniacal mileage may very.
Bottom line; with it’s trio of terror tales, solid acting and frights, and aware approach to the material, The Curse of Buckout Road is worth a watch or two… so stop reading this and do it already!