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Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

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For the past 20 years, Frank Harrington has grudgingly driven his family to celebrate Christmas with his mother-in-law. This year, he takes a shortcut. It's the biggest mistake of his life: The nightmare begins. A mysterious woman in white wanders through the forest, leaving death in her wake. A terrifying black car - its driver invisible - carries the victims into the heart of the night. Every road sign points to a destination they never reach. The survivors succumb to panic, to madness; deeply buried secrets burst to the surface, and Christmas turns into a living hell. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, language, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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£52,130 (UK) (12 December 2003)

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$260,638 (Spain) (24 June 2005)
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When the family stops the first time they see the girl in white, we see a large dry spot in the road, and a tree. But when they turn around and head back the opposite direction, we see a shot of them passing the same spot and tree in the original direction they were traveling. However, this is possible since the road has the tendency to repeat some of its elements, like the cabin they reach. The physical presence of the road is not continuous throughout the whole film. See more »

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Laura Harrington: Bang! Bang! You're dead!
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A cult classic whichever way you look at it!
13 October 2003 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Just saw it.

On the outset, almost everything about Dead End looked dead crappy. From the dead hammy acting to some thick and heavy dead slasher flick cliches. But if this cinematic maxim of "its so dead bad, its dead good" is to be believed, then Dead End is it.

For some Dead good fun time was had. Serious!

With many quirky "spanners" thrown into its works, Dead End is thus a must watch, if only to see for yourself why on earth a flick like this, one so steeped in slasher movie cliches, could have circumvented its genre constraints and worked so well, and entertained so many?

I have a soft spot for intentional "B" movies, from Pumpkin to Bubble Boy. Which made Dead End one of those hard-to-review films. For the fun part of the viewing experience was much in discovering how it progressed from beginning to end and not in its other nitpickable shortfalls.

This much is guaranteed though, the test audiences enjoyed the flick. We laughed at its many left of center one-liners. We were jolted by its sudden scares and some graphic gorey scenes. And the denouement, however contentional, does not dilute the immediate consensus that the "process" was one helluva ride.

I hence urge all to go buy a ticket and see it for yourself. Let its idiosyncracies hit you on the head. By all means, throw artistic caution to the wind. Embrace it like you would a B'grade cult movie.

And you will have a great time.


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