Concert/Film/TV Reviews

ATL Horror Film Festival 2020 Day 1 Recap: Road Trip Decapitations, Social Media Killers and More

See all the highlights from Day 1 of the Atlanta Horror Film Festival!

Feature Film: Road Head (Director David Del Rio)

WTF did I just watch?! You’re likely to have that feeling after seeing Road Head. This wild mix of horror, comedy and a sprinkle of romance finds three friends taking a road trip to the Mojave desert, where they’re accosted by a sword-wielding killer. The killer in question has an affinity for chopping heads, leading our trio on a frantic escape journey where they run into drag queens and sex-deprived, chauvinist losers.

You’ll either lean towards the horror or comedy elements but there’s enough of both to keep your preference satisfied. Aside from the decapitations, you get severed penises and impalements. Elizabeth Grullon (Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order) gets to display her “final girl” chops as the fiery Stephanie, who’s trying to stay alive while overcoming a devastating breakup (manifested by ex-boyfriend hallucinations only she can see). She has the most steady character arc, progressing from mouthy but ultimately insecure woman to a calculating femme fatale with no fear of death. No to mention, her facial expressions lent well to the battle of sexes style comedy towards the middle of the film.

While the ending is strangely somber compared to the rest of the film , Road Head will hold your attention if for nothing else just to find out how the absurdity of it all ends.

Day 2 of the Atlanta Horror Film Festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Get your tickets at https://filmfreeway.com/atlantahorrorfest/tickets.

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