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The Shortcut -- Two brothers take a shortcut that is part of their hometown legend, due to the disappearance of young kids years before. Before long, they discover the reason why it's so rarely used.
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Writers (WGA):
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Quite enjoyable for what it is See more (22 total) »


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Katrina Bowden ... Christy
Jeremy Bastian ... Benjamin Hartley (1940s)
Cavan Cunningham ... School Administrator

William B. Davis ... Benjamin Hartley
Benjamin DeWalt ... Benjamin Hartley (1950s)

Nicholas Elia ... Tobey

Josh Emerson ... Taylor

Raymond J. Barry ... Old Man / Ivor Hartley (as Raymond Barry)

Dave Franco ... Mark
Jonelle Gunderson ... Sally (1950s)

Shannon Jardine ... Ms. Milan

Scott Lyster ... Dougie
Christine MacInnis ... Mrs. Hartley
Daniel Maslany ... Ivor Hartley (1950s)
Maxine Miller ... Grandma

Tracy-Lynn Pugsley ... Irene
Rob Roy ... Mr. Armstrong

Jaden Ryan ... Kid #1
Kent Allen ... Mr. Hartley

Drew Seeley ... Derek
Jeff Stone ... Teen Boy #2
Scott Woloshin ... Kid #2
Wendy Anderson ... Derek's Mom

Shannon Woodward ... Lisa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Hannon ... Ricky / Dead Guy (uncredited)

Kristy Landers ... Sarah (uncredited)

Lindsey Landers ... Jessie (uncredited)
Chris Titone ... Grill master (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholaus Goossen 
Writing credits
Dan Hannon (written by) &
Scott Sandler (written by)

Produced by
Kevin DeWalt .... executive producer
Simon Edery .... executive producer
Scott Einbinder .... producer
Philip Fier .... executive producer
Jack Giarraputo .... executive producer
Dan Hannon .... co-producer
Adam Sandler .... executive producer
Scott Sandler .... producer
Tyler Spindel .... co-producer
Janine Stener .... associate producer
Ingo Vollkammer .... producer
Ryan Westheimer .... line producer: additional photography
Brian Witten .... producer
Original Music by
Mike Suby  (as Michael Suby)
Cinematography by
Mark Irwin (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jake York 
Casting by
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger  (as Lindsey Kroeger)
David Rapaport 
Production Design by
Marian Wihak 
Set Decoration by
Andrea Spakowski 
Costume Design by
Sonja Clifton-Remple 
Makeup Department
Nicole Dumelie .... assistant hair stylist
Jennifer Forberg .... assistant makeup artist
Tracy George .... makeup department head
Tamara Harrod .... key hair stylist
Emersen Ziffle .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
C. Christel .... production supervisor: additional photography
Ty Hyland .... production manager (as Ty Hyland-Lott)
Heather Malek .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elizabeth Farrer .... second assistant director
Tyler Forrest .... trainee assistant director
Danny Giles .... key second assistant director: additional photography
Michael Neumann .... first assistant director
Tyler Spindel .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Adrienne Conley .... set designer
Johanna de Vries .... scenic artist
Daniel McKay .... scenic painter
Trixi Moersch .... props assistant
Travis Neufeld .... second assistant art director
Kimberley Phaneuf .... scenic artist
Skye Rolick .... property master
Danny Scavuzzo .... construction coordinator
Johann Wessels .... scenic artist
Jordy Wihak .... property master
Laura Wolfe .... on set dresser
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... additional sound effects editor
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Levent Erdogan .... sound editor
Jason Gaya .... adr mixer
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer
Angela Hemingway .... adr dialogue editor
Scott Hinkley .... sound re-recording mixer
Cody King .... sound effects editor
Richard Kitting .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Tiffany Lentz .... assistant sound editor
Zach Michaelis .... foley mixer
Randolph Saucedo .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Wade Maurer .... special effects coordinator
T.J. Bews .... stunt coordinator
Jason Gray .... stunt double
Dan Skene .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Maya Batten-Young .... lamp operator
Chad Biesenthal .... grip
Layton Burton .... steadicam
Andrew Chojnacki .... additional grip
Meghan Cosenzo .... camera trainee
Michael Di Ricco .... electrician
Allan Feildel .... still photographer
Tom Gardiner .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Andrew Gordon .... gaffer
Gord Hearn .... best boy grip
Kyle Mrazek .... best boy: electric
Rob Parrell .... key grip
Michael Pavlovsky .... second assistant camera
Andrew Pedley .... digital imaging technician
Andrew Pedley .... digital video assist operator
Jesse Sannerud .... first assistant camera: b
Ryan Scott .... genny op
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
Kobus Vermaak .... dolly grip
Casting Department
Janice M. Bernier .... extras casting
Carmen Kotyk .... casting: Canada
Julie Swistak .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kerri La Londe .... set supervisor (as Kerri Lalonde)
Riley Lawson .... costume trainee
Robin Merrifield .... truck costumer
Joanna Vollhoffer .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Jake Hamilton .... editorial assistant
Sarah Farrand .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Bryan Ling .... music supervisor
Levent Erdogan .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Stephan Fuchs .... driver
Other crew
Stacey Caldwell .... first aid/ craft service
Stacey Caldwell .... key craft service
Kari Fonkalsrud .... post accountant
Ian Gardner .... production coordinator
Steven Hearn .... location manager
Lauren 'Fluff' Lindsay .... craft service
Cindy MacDonald .... production coordinator
Rob Miller .... production office assistant
Nathan Mosewich .... assistant location manager
Cheryl Rizzo .... assistant: Happy Madison
Shane B. Scott .... script supervisor
Jennifer Sparrowhawk .... director observer
Gail Tilson .... production accountant

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Rated PG-13 for violence and terror, language, sexual material, thematic elements and brief teen drinking
Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Supa Mario Kato (1992) (VG)See more »


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Quite enjoyable for what it is, 4 April 2015
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

After a series of strange incidents, a teen and his friends decide to investigate the supposedly-haunted shortcut through the woods that is the base of an urban legend around town, and find that someone is intent on proving the legend true.

This was an enjoyable if slightly flawed effort that could've been even better. One of the better elements within this one is that it manages to be pretty creepy and suspenseful despite being pretty tame and soft. There's some really enjoyable and creepy moments in here which get this one going rather nicely, from the first time the kids wander through the house to the big confrontation in the woods where the darkness of the surrounding sand the two different encounters with the chained-up farmer makes for a couple of enjoyable entertaining scenes that work well without betraying the incredible tame feeling throughout this. Other big set-pieces include a second house-investigation sequence which features the spectacular sequence of the kids in the classroom which is illuminated only by their flashlights and shows row after row of mannequins set-up as if they're students and then stumbling upon all the writing on the wall which makes for a wholly impressive sequence, mixing together rather impressive suspense alongside the frantic action set-up which is highly enjoyable while keeping this one still quite kid-friendly. This is a rather big feature within the film here as none of these scenes and confrontations really highlights that issue and it's only upon reflection that it's really noticeable. This one does have a few small problems with it, the first being the really lame motivation for the killer. There's very little about it that would appear too logical and realistic as for why they would feel this way. That holds it down as well as the film's rather dull mid-section which doesn't offer much of anything interesting. This comes off as a lame teen-drama which isn't all too interesting and makes for a rather dull time as the family struggles and burgeoning romance aren't in the slightest bit exciting and really take away from the exploration of the easily as this tends to get glossed over easily. Lastly, while this one does manages to get in some good here with the tameness being quite nice, at times this one can be quite apparent of its roots and really highlight the tamer aspect especially in the beginning. It's all enough to bring this down slightly.

Rated PG-13: Violence, Mild Language and children-in-jeopardy.

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