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The Shortcut (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  29 September 2009 (USA)
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Two brothers come upon a rarely used shortcut in their new town

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christy
Jeremy Bastian ...
Benjamin Hartley (1940s)
Cavan Cunningham ...
School Administrator
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Benjamin Hartley
Benjamin DeWalt ...
Benjamin Hartley (1950s)
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Taylor
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Old Man / Ivor Hartley (as Raymond Barry)
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Mark
Jonelle Gunderson ...
Sally (1950s)
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Ms. Milan
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Dougie
Christine MacInnis ...
Mrs. Hartley
Daniel Maslany ...
Ivor Hartley (1950s)
Maxine Miller ...
Grandma
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High school senior Derek was adjusting to life in a new town when he discovered an overgrown path leading into the woods. According to his classmates, the local kids used to use it as a shortcut before a malevolent farmer began chasing them away with a shovel. Eventually, a few of the local kids went missing under mysterious circumstances. Rumor has it that the old man got them. Now years have passed, and no one dares go near the path. The townspeople have simply accepted the fact that it's off limits. But Derek suspects that the old man is hiding something, and he's determined to find out what it is. Once he uncovers the sinister secret that lies just beyond the trees, however, he may not live to reveal the awful truth. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, language, sexual material, thematic elements and brief teen drinking | See all certifications »

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This movie is said to be based on a childhood experience of producer Adam Sandler, in which he found a homeless person feeding what was seemingly a stray dog human faeces. Sandler questioned the hobo on it, at which point Sandler claims the dog said in a monotone voice "This doesn't concern you.". Sandler sought psychiatric help after this and claims this event scarred him for life. See more »

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It is announced at the beginning of the film that the year is 1945, and there is a prominent banner for Hartley High School's Homecoming. A young man entering the Marines says he's going to be stationed in Germany, which is important because he has to "Stop the Nazis." Homecoming dances at USA high schools are in October or November, which means the dialogue takes place in October or November of 1945. Hitler committed suicide in April of 1945, and the Nazi party quickly dissolved. World War II was over by the time this conversation took place. See more »

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15 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Shortcut isn't the typical B-movie slasher film you'd expect it to be. The movie actually has a plot, a decent story to follow, and a great cast. A great cast can be the difference in a film like this and they defiantly did a great job here. For decades, people had been disappearing from the woods behind Hartley Elementary and no one is sure why, but after something scared the doody out of his little brother, Derek (Drew Seeley) is going to find out what it is. Shannon Woodward of the Riches and James Franco's little brother give strong performances and some comic relief in support of Drew Seeley. Seeley is a newcomer to me, but his intensity was contagious and really helped me get into this film. I also really liked how they moved between modern day and what happened in the past. The seemingly innocent shortcut through the woods has a very interesting story behind it. It's somewhat believable and pretty intense. This is billed as a slasher film, but there isn't much gore at all, what there is doesn't come until much later in the film. The Shortcut won't win any awards, but it will certainly entertain you. It was fun and really is a lot more than it appears to be and I was pleasantly surprised.


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