Toad Road (2012) is one of those frustrating independent films that want to be clever and interesting when not treading the same ground as other films that came before it. A young couple with no real aspirations decides to go through the fabled Toad Road to travel the seven gates of hell so that they will be able say that they’ve done something important with their otherwise useless lives. That’s pretty much it. There’s a lot of talking and establishing the bland characters and them discussing the possibility of hell and what’s on the other side of the seventh gate but that’s about it.
The film is written and directed by Jason Banker but lacks any real creativity in the story or execution. What the film lacks are characters that you care what happens to them. The film offers little in the way of suspense so if you’re looking for a good thriller or scare there is nothing to be had here. There is some ambiguity towards the end as the story picks up somewhat on its way to a lackluster ending but this all comes a little too late (especially for those who gave up on the film much earlier).
Despite these flaws the film is not a total mess as the acting is solid and I’ve seen worse atrocities on the Syfy Channel.