Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Plot: A socially awkward driver and a weary passenger try to make it to their destination while being haunted by a supernatural threat.
Review: Whether you’re driving or being driven there’s something infinitely creepy about hitting a long patch of road that has no lights. I’m talking the kind of long quiet roads that have never seen a lamppost, where the only light is coming from your headlights, and it feels like you’re driving into the unknown. The Toll takes this premise and throws in the supernatural, taking the weird thoughts that may go through your head during a situation like this one and turning it into pure nightmare fuel.
It is a small budget flick with only two main characters, an Uber driver named Spencer (Max Topplin), who is awkward to the point of creeping out his passenger Cami (Jordan Hayes), who just wants to get home after a long tedious flight. Both actors do great jobs of keeping your focus squarely on them. And as they end up stranded in the middle of nowhere and strange, chilling things start happening they find themselves forced into a corner—Pay the toll, or die.
If you go into this one looking for blood and gore you’ll be sorely disappointed. The suspense and thrills here come from the atmospheric tone of the story which is filled with paranoia as they try to figure out if the things happening to them are real or not. Where this movie drops the ball for me is in its lack of punch. I wanted more insanity, more supernatural stuff and more of The Toll Man. There’s a strong foundation here, but the suspense could’ve been punched up a notch or two. The final act also felt too rushed and I wished they had stretched things out a bit. It would’ve added to the intensity and made up for the slower moments in this film.
Overall I enjoyed The Toll. I didn’t expect much from it going in and I got a well-acted, suspenseful movie with a decent twist and a nightmarish plot that felt relatable. The idea of being stranded on a lonely stretch of road in the middle of the night is one of my worst fears as a driver. Now I have to also worry that some supernatural dude is gonna demand a toll? As we say in Trinidad, “Miss me with dat one!”
Sommer’s Score: 5 out 10
Sommerleigh of the House Pollonais. First of Her Name. Sushi Lover, Queen of Horror Movies, Comic Books and Binge Watching Netflix. Mother of two beautiful black cats named Vader and Kylo. I think eating Popcorn at the movies should be mandatory, PS4 makes the best games ever and I’ll be talking about movies until the zombie apocalypse comes.
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