Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Toll

 

Year: 2019
Country: CANADA, USA
Run Time: 80 minutes

The Toll

When Cami orders a rideshare at 1:00 AM from the airport, she wants nothing more than to forget her terrible flight and go to sleep. Spencer, her particularly chatty driver, makes the long trek out to her dad’s remote ranch increasingly uncomfortable with his awkward questions and unnecessary compliments. As an all-too-familiar paranoia sets in, Cami tells herself she must be overreacting while readying her pepper spray. But her fears are directed elsewhere when Spencer’s car breaks down, stranding them in the middle of a secluded road. Terrified, Cami is faced with a choice: trust Spencer or risk it alone in the woods. After sinister messages demanding they “pay the toll” appear out of nowhere, the two learn they are being hunted by a supernatural force out for blood, and only one will have to pay the price. Holding a mirror to modern rape culture, THE TOLL plays with viewers’ preconceived notions and established fears as much as the mysterious being plays with its victims. Full of twists and turns, this modest but tightly crafted horror gem understands that, for many women, a simple ride home can turn into an absolute nightmare. — D.O.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:30 PM ET

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:25 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Sidebar
After Hours

Competition
American Independents Competition

Director

Director
Michael Nader

Producers
Max Topplin, Jordan Hayes, William Day Frank

Screenwriting
Michael Nader

Cinematography
Jordan Kennington

Editing
Michael Nader

Principal Cast
Jordan Hayes, Max Topplin, James McGowan, Rosemary Dunsmore

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