‘This one is hard to swallow’
Road Head is a 2020 American dark comedy queer horror film about three friends who take a road trip into the Mojave desert. However, their complicated relationships are pushed to their breaking point as the group encounters a reclusive, murderous cult.
Directed by David Del Rio (Sick for Toys) from a screenplay written by Justin Xavier.
The Nine Ten Films and Delco-Cut co-production stars Elizabeth Grullon (Netflix’s Lucifer series), Damian Joseph Quinn, Clayton Farris (American Horror Story series), Adam Nemet and Paul T. Taylor (Pinhead in Hellraiser: Judgement).
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“The performances are fun and well done with Damien Joseph Quinn playing the exasperated but slightly exaggerated Alex. Ryan Sutton Stevens is terrific as the happy-go-lucky buffer between his lover Alex and his friend Stephanie. Elizabeth Grullon is wonderful as the obnoxious but haunted friend Stephanie…” Dread Central
“Though not all the jokes or humor lands, there’s still a certain charm to the movie’s nature, a buoyancy and overall fun to it. The silliness of the plot (a sort of PG-13 The–Bad-Batch-meets-The-Hills-Have-Eyes), the lighthearted performances by the cast, awkward moments all make for what is ultimately an entertaining flick.” Film Snob Reviews
“Road Head is not a great film, yet it has moments that shine. Ignore the silly practical effects, disregard patches of repetition, and cling to the sincere moments of comedy and terror and you will survive this silly, surreal trip without so much as motion sickness.” Horror Buzz
“Road Head is a refreshing change from the abject monstrousness of its peers, prioritizing arch humour over gore or violence. It could afford to push the envelope a little further in that respect, but its dedication to the bit is to be admired.” Starburst
“The whole idea of The Order out there in the desert, and the way Xavier and Del Rio play it for laughs and shocks had great potential. It’s like a cross between Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Hills Have Eyes with a touch of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. But the film spends way too little time with any of them except The Executioner.” Voices from the Balcony
Road Head will be released in the USA on digital platforms on June 4, 2021.
Cast and characters:
Elizabeth Grullon … Stephanie
Paul T. Taylor … Carl / Leader 1
Damian Joseph Quinn … Alex
Adam Nemet … Executioner
Ryan Sutton Stevens … Tyler
Clayton Farris … Bryan
David McKee … Felicity Fellati Bones (as Misty Violet)
Clay Acker … David
Sierra Santana … Jasmine
Schoen Hodges … Larry / Leader 3
Kevin Mouren-Laurens … Leader 2 / Jared
[Contains spoilers] MOVIES and MANIA rating:
Beyond the lead trio’s constant banter and backbiting – which is initially amusing but eventually becomes slightly tiresome – the antics of the camp cult are quite welcome. Stephanie’s feistiness is great although she rants a tad too much and her hallucinations of her former boyfriend seem entirely superfluous. It will come as no surprise to most viewers that wimpish Alex eventually fights back so Road Head becomes all about its agreeable delivery amidst a lack of originality and depth.