IMDb > Dead End (2003/I)
Dead End
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Dead End (2003/I) More at IMDbPro »


Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   20,385 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Dead End on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
8 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Finely crafted, intelligent horror with excellent cast See more (208 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Wise ... Frank Harrington

Lin Shaye ... Laura Harrington

Mick Cain ... Richard Harrington

Alexandra Holden ... Marion Harrington
William 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 Shillito .... producer
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 .... re-recording mixer
Shirley Leong .... adr coordinator
Michel Monier .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
François Musy .... 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
Philip 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
William 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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language, sexual content and some drug use
Runtime:
85 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This movie was a smash hit on home media earning u.s. $ 77 millions by dvd salesSee more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Frank and Laura are arguing over what noise is on the car radio, Frank's line, "I just want to get to the police before anything else goes wrong," has been dubbed over what he actually said.See more »
Quotes:
Richard Harrington:What's up little critter, I'm you're Uncle DICK!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Stuck on This Bloody Road (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bring It BackSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
74 out of 98 people found the following review useful.
Finely crafted, intelligent horror with excellent cast, 20 November 2004
Author: Logan-22 from United States

Dead End is an excellent example of what you can do on a low budget with a small cast and just a few locations. Mystery and horror are perfect genres to excel under these conditions, and the filmmakers here take full advantage, crafting a wonderfully paranoid, claustrophobic and eerie dream-like atmosphere. The movie is totally character driven, and we spend a lot of time getting to know and care about the main characters. The gore was minimal, but effective, and there is one truly horrifying gore effect (you will know it when you see it).

The plot involves a family of four (plus the daughter's boyfriend) on their way to the mom's relatives for Christmas Eve. The father (Ray Wise) decides to take the "scenic route" and after a near head-on collision with another vehicle in the first few minutes, they pick up a ghostly hitchhiker, and soon after, the horror begins. The family is seemingly trapped on a deserted, heavily forested country road, unable to find their way out... Saying anything more will spoil your enjoyment of the film. Watching the characters react to their steadily worsening situation is a true pleasure, as they convey the film's sense of horror, shock and panic far better than any cheap gore effects or man in a rubber monster suit ever could. As the story progresses, the characters reveal dark secrets about themselves that really add to the fun... things they would not have said were things not looking so grim!

I really loved this movie, up to a point. The ending was predictable, clichéd and a big letdown after spending so much time invested in the characters trying to escape their fate. However, almost everything up to that point was a lot of fun, especially the dialogue, which was FANTASTIC. The main cast was GREAT, especially Ray Wise and the actress who played his daughter. Everyone was great except Steve Valentine, who apparently cannot act any different (or better) than his character on TV's Crossing Jordan. The female doctor at the end wasn't very good, either (I thought it was Shannon Tweed until I read the end credits!). Thankfully, these two don't appear until the end, which kind of sucked anyway (though their rather poor acting didn't help matters, it was ultimately the script's fault).

The minimalist instrumental music is really creepy and worth mentioning.

I give Dead End an "8" out of 10. With a revised ending, it could have easily garnered a "9" or "10." In a sea of brain-dead garbage "B" and grade "Z" horror movies, Dead End stands out at the front of the pack. I wish more low budget horror movies could be this finely crafted and intelligent. This movie is definitely highly recommended viewing for aspiring low budget filmmakers and horror fans.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (208 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Dead End (2003)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Was I The Only One? mf61581
comedy should be added into the genre billzy17
Am I the Only One Who Thought It Sucked? matthew-ruby
I don't get why some people are having a hard time 'getting' the movie? Stiler
Marcott (spoilers) KrystalKF
Any other films like this rated_rko2009
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Palindromes Freeway Broken Flowers The Opposite of Sex Jarhead
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.