Dead End (I) (2003)

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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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Brad Miller (as Billy Asher)
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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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Release Date:

26 September 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Atajo al infierno  »

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£52,130 (UK) (12 December 2003)


$260,638 (Spain) (24 June 2005)

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When the father gets out of the driver's seat (at around 28 mins), the seat nearly gets out of the car with him, revealing a "rigged" car where the camera is sometimes mounted where the driver's seat is and therefore the driver's seat needs to be removable (like the other seats). See more »


Laura Harrington: Bang! Bang! You're dead!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the end credits, there's this message: "To everyone still with us at the end of these credits, thank you! God bless you. You sure do like Movies!" See more »


References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »


Please Don't Go
by Greg De Belles & Elizabeth Daily (as E.G. Daily)
Produced by Greg De Belles
Published by Klektik Music / BMI
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Horror with style, wit and charm
24 March 2005 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

When this movie started my heart sank a little. It's going to be another of those, "People in car take a wrong turn, encounter one sort of slasher or other." How wrong I was, and what a little gem this film is. True, the occupants of the car do take a wrong turn, Frank Harrington is taking his family and his daughter's boyfriend to spend Christmas with his in-laws, but there this movie parts company with your average gore-fest. This, I believe, is for three reasons. The writers gave the cast great lines to read; the blood content is actually very low for such a film, and finally, it was inspired not to fill the car with swinging teens, but use a mixture of youngsters and, shall we say, more mature citizens. I'll not go into plot lines, but if you're like me, this movie will leave you with a satisfied grin on your face.

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