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Release Date:
26 September 2003 (South Korea) See more »
Tagline:
Read the signs.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fun as hell genre flick that never pretends to climb Mt. Everest and thus leaves the viewer with more than just a feeling of simple satisfaction, but one of raw enjoyment. See more (198 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Wise ... Frank Harrington

Lin Shaye ... Laura Harrington

Mick Cain ... Richard Harrington

Alexandra Holden ... Marion Harrington

Billy Asher Rosenfeld ... Brad Miller (as Billy Asher)

Amber Smith ... Lady in White

Karen S. Gregan ... Doctor
Sharon Madden ... Nurse

Steve Valentine ... Man in Black
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Worker #1 (as Jimmy Skaggs)

Clement Blake ... Worker #2

Directed by
Jean-Baptiste Andrea 
Fabrice Canepa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Baptiste Andrea 
Fabrice Canepa 

Produced by
Yves Chevalier .... executive producer
Guy Courtecuisse .... co-producer
Albert Hasson .... line producer
James Huth .... executive producer
James Huth .... producer
Sonja Schillito .... producer (as Sonja Shillito)
Gabriella Stollenwerck .... producer
Cécile Telerman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Greg De Belles 
 
Cinematography by
Alexander Buono 
 
Film Editing by
Antoine Vareille 
 
Casting by
Amanda Koblin 
 
Production Design by
Bryce Holtshousen 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Waknin 
 
Makeup Department
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... key hair stylist (as TC Thecla Luisi)
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... makeup department head (as TC Thecla Luisi)
T.C. Thecla Luisi .... special makeup effects artist (as TC Thecla Luisi)
Kumura Luly .... makeup artist (as Kumara Luly)
Staci Witt .... assistant makeup artist (as Staci J. Wittt)
 
Production Management
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production supervisor
Christelle Didier .... post-production supervisor
Natalie Rademeyer .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D. Cole Berry .... second second assistant director (as Cole Berry)
Kiran Gonsalves .... first assistant director
Ivan Kraljevic .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chris Kas .... property master
 
Sound Department
Thomas Appel .... adr supervisor
Steve Arcabascio .... boom operator
David Bartlett .... adr editor
Laurent Boudaud .... foley recording mixer
Germain Boulay .... sound designer
Germain Boulay .... sound effects editor
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Bryan Du Toit .... boom operator (as Brian DuToit)
Gabriel Hafner .... sound re-recording mixer
Shirley Leong .... adr coordinator
Michel Monier .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
François Musy .... sound re-recording mixer
Laurent Quaglio .... sound designer
James Ridgley .... production sound mixer (as Jim Ridgley)
Manon Serve .... recording technician
 
Special Effects by
Gil Romero .... special effect appliances
 
Visual Effects by
Virginie Allal .... digital effects assistant
Sacha Beliaev .... matte artist
Olivier Debert .... digital artist (as Oliver Debert)
Roxane Fechner .... digital effects coordinator
Malika Mazauric .... digital artist
Joyce Menger .... digital effects producer
Melodie Stevens .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Andrew .... grip
Jonathon Bradley .... gaffer
Susannah Bridges .... camera loader
Tony Bryan .... gaffer: second unit
Anthony Cady .... lighting technician
D.R. Curtis .... rigging electrician (as Rick Curtis)
Carlos de Varona .... second assistant camera
Casey Ellison .... rigging gaffer
Ryan Huston .... rigging electrician
Jody Hutchins .... camera operator
Philip J. Jaffe .... first assistant camera
Joel Langston .... lighting technician
Brett Lood .... grip
Patrick Malakian .... still photographer
W. Ted Mayer .... key grip
Dave Muskeni .... electrician (as Dave 'Skinny' Muskemi)
Willis Pipkins Jr. .... lighting technician (as Willis 'Pickle' Pipkins Jr.)
James Takata .... camera loader
Fante Zamora .... dolly grip
 
Casting Department
Michele Short .... casting associate
Andrew Stone .... casting reader
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Beth Ann Hoppe .... costumes
Misty Lawrence .... wardrobe assistant
Jenni Lee .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Shirley Leong .... post-production coordinator: Los Angeles
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Edward Oleschak .... post-production coordinator: Los Angeles
Fabien Pascal .... color timer
Scott Stevenson .... assistant editor
Patrick Thauvin .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Greg De Belles .... music supervisor
Bradford Ellis .... music consultant (as Brad Ellis)
 
Transportation Department
Michael Dawes .... driver (as Mike Dawes)
Dan Duffy .... driver
P. Gerald Knight .... transportation coordinator
Phil Knight .... driver
Jason Rider .... driver
Steve Shoemaker .... driver (as Steve ' Shoe' Shoemaker)
Travis Stake .... driver
Chris Walden .... driver
 
Other crew
Edie Allen .... assistant coordinator
Celia Cornil .... legal counsel
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production manager
Bianca D'Carpio .... production assistant (as Bianca C. D'Carpio)
Annie Desgris .... production assistant
Nathalie Guizol .... production team
Demille Halliburton .... insurance
Bob Hebert .... production coordinator
Darren Hinton .... runner
Uvon Hunter .... craft service
Sophie Imbert .... production assistant
Lynne Kelly .... script supervisor (as Lynne Tyler Kelly)
Christophe Lebreton .... cost controller
Heather Mitchell .... key set production assistant
Aivo Pidim .... production intern
Heather Roberson .... key set production assistant
Billy Asher Rosenfeld .... additional dialogue (as Billy Asher)
Martine Sanyas .... cost controller
Brigitte Segal .... business affairs (as Brigette Segal)
Pierre Selinger .... legal service
Katherine Shaw .... legal consultant
Colleen Stewart .... chef
 
Thanks
Patrick Malakian .... thanks
 

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Rated R for violence, language, sexual content and some drug use
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85 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: They are out on a road in the middle of nowhere with no lights. But you can see streetlights on the throughout the stops on the road.See more »
Quotes:
Laura Harrington:Look we have potato Chips!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bloody RoadSee more »

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124 out of 175 people found the following review useful.
A fun as hell genre flick that never pretends to climb Mt. Everest and thus leaves the viewer with more than just a feeling of simple satisfaction, but one of raw enjoyment., 27 March 2005
Author: peter-945 from United States

Further proof that Hollywood just doesn't get it right anymore.

When it comes to the horror genre, simplicity is beyond best. It's the one genre where frequently the more feeble the material, the better it can be.

Dead End is an avatar of this principle. The plot is essentially just a concept film; family driving in a car, lost on a road that seems to not end, encountering things beyond explanation along the way. There isn't anything complicated about that and there shouldn't be anything complicated about that. It's a script that builds in on itself, instead of expanding outwards into new territory - yah, I said territory. It doesn't continue to introduce new elements to the fold, in the first 7 minutes it throws it's hands up and says, "this is what you're gonna get, so take it." And I applaud the filmmakers for this. It's something seldom done in the genre these days. All too often do horror scripts follow a formulaic plot that spirals outwards instead of simply just constructing a boxed in realm of the film's reality and then letting the character's react realistically within it. Dare I say it is actually rather Shakespearean in this way? Oh, I dare. Shakespeare was known for creating a story, believable characters and then letting the play unfold as if the characters were realistically responding to the world created around them. This is exactly the scenario with Dead End. It avoids the most common pitfall of the genre; characters that act without logic, without interest and without motivation. It's something scriptwriters should pay considerably more attention to. Characters like these possess some kind of magical power that gives a +20 to any cinematic enjoyment. I cast magic characters! And speaking of those characters, their actions may be realistically responsive, but if it weren't for the remarkably energetic performances of all the cast then all would be for naught. Ray Wise is the man in this movie. He is just badass without being over the top. He has created out of the father a man who is just trapped in an obviously humdrum life and transformed him into someone you just can't help but smile at every time he curses at his family. He is just great. Great, great, great. If I had to recommend the movie for any one single reason, it would be to just enjoy Ray Wise.

The rest of the cast is fantastic as well, Wise doesn't eclipse the few other actors there are, but they all compliment each other like they really were a family. It is the definition of on screen chemistry.

Now, the question you're asking, is it scary? Yes and No. No, it isn't balls-to-the-wall horror. It does fall prey to the optimism of the genre, but it's excusable and I'll get to that in a minute. The script is kinetic, always driving ahead and only pausing as long as necessary to make a point or get in a scare. It's because of this that the film will never scare the **** out of you, but when it wants to it'll keep your heart rate elevated to the point that you're aware of it enough to say to yourself, "hey, this movie is kinda freaking me out." I respect that. It knows it isn't hardcore, so it does exactly what it should and keeps your blood pumping a little faster than normal throughout. I love that feeling. But I also have a wild imagination and so was consistently prepped for an entry into the negative space of the car windows or emerging ever so slightly from the edge of the woods. And that'll freak my junk out more effectively than what you do see.

As for the film falling victim to the optimism of the genre. This is true, but it is appropriately so. It doesn't establish throughout the rest of the movie that it should be taken as the hardest of horror, so no pretending means no disappointment in the end. Oh, and worth an important note for most viewers, there isn't a whole lot of gore, it really does leave a lot up to the imagination (as it should), but what blood there is isn't over the top and there are no CGI scares. Take that for what it's worth, but it's worth a lot to me.

That said, I would have preferred a different ending. Not solely because I would have preferred a darker ending, but simply because the ending has an air of unreliability to it. It attempts to mollify the question that the movie never asks, but obviously the viewer will ("what exactly is happening here?") and I felt that wasn't really necessary. I liked that the movie wasn't raising question after question. I liked that it turned its back to the whole issue, so when the events of the last two or three minutes of the film hit the viewer, or me at least, they feel out of place.

All in all, this is movie that strips away the gloss and glamour prevalent to the genre as of late, establishes the concept and then happily throws what it's got left at the wall. Yes, it doesn't all stick, but the little things that don't are more than shadowed by the much larger portions that do. Dead End is worth your time and money. Rent it and watch it by yourself or with a date, but not in a group. A group would kill the pleasant intimacy that makes the film work beyond its bounds.

I'm hesitant to say instant classic, because obviously it won't be universally so, but it deserves that accolade in my book. Check it out.

The one sentence review: Dead End is a fun ass genre flick that never pretends to climb Mt. Everest and thus leaves the viewer with more than just a feeling of simple satisfaction, but one of raw enjoyment.

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