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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This movie was a smash hit on home media earning u.s. $ 77 millions by dvd sales See more »

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The rear view mirror in the windshield is gone, instead there is a little dot where the mirror should be. See more »

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Richard Harrington: What's up little critter, I'm you're Uncle DICK!
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After the credits are over, we see a picture of the Harrington family during a party, which could be a Christmas celebration. See more »

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References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »

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Bloody Road
Music by Greg De Belles
Lyrics by Jo Kimberley
Performed by Jo Kimberley
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Published by Klektik Music / BMI
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A Great Low Budget Horror Movie
1 July 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

On the Christmas Eve, Frank (Ray Wise) is driving with his family, composed by his wife Laura (Lin Shaye), his son Richard (Mick Cain) and his daughter Marion (Alexandra Holden) and her boyfriend Brad (Billy Asher), to have the Christmas dinner at the home of Frank's mother-in-law. Frank, asleep, decides to drive through an unknown shortcut using a secondary road, where the weirdest things happen with his family and him. This low budget movie is terrific: although the story passes basically in a car and on an empty road, it is tense, scary, having a dreadful atmosphere, being certainly on of the best in the genre. The screenplay is excellent, having many ironic lines, the direction is tight and the cast is very sharp, alternating funny and frightening situations. This film is highly indicated for fans of `The Twilight Zone', `The Others', `Abra los Ojos', `El Espinazo del Diablo' and `X-Files'. The situation of Frank's family on the road without finding their destination or even an exit recalls Paul Hackett unsuccessfully trying to get home in `After Hours'. I saw on the cover of the DVD that this movie was awarded with many prizes in minor Festivals. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Rota da Morte' (`Route of the Death')


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