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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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Storyline

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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29 September 2009 (USA)  »

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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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Good horror is hard to find....
19 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are other reviews, this is just a comment. Movie is decent, ignore the haters.

Does have some issues (didn't know Nazi Germany was still fighting in fall of '45), plot meanderings, weak points and not exactly a master thespian cast but has some good horror moments, decent banter and semi-plausible character interactions.

The interesting thing about this movie is its orientation toward not showing the ultraviolence in all its dripping glory. The most visually graphic scene is when one character has his finger broken.

Personally, I am utterly sick of watching 80 minutes of CGI anatomy trying to take the place of a story. This movie has the sense to use the cutaway (ha ha) approach to violence and I respect it.

I would watch this movie 100 times over any of that Saw (post Saw 1, which I thought was pretty good) / Hostel torture voyeurism or Rob Zombie crap remake any day.


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