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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.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ray Wise ... Frank Harrington
Lin Shaye ... Laura Harrington
Mick Cain ... Richard Harrington
Alexandra Holden ... Marion Harrington
William Rosenfeld William Rosenfeld ... Brad Miller (as Billy Asher)
Amber Smith ... Lady in White
Karen S. Gregan Karen S. Gregan ... Doctor
Sharon Madden Sharon Madden ... Nurse
Steve Valentine ... Man in Black
Jimmie F. Skaggs ... Worker #1 (as Jimmy Skaggs)
Clement Blake ... Worker #2
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Storyline

For the past 20 years, Frank Harrington has grudgingly driven his family to celebrate Christmas with his mother-in-law. This year, he takes a shortcut. It's the biggest mistake of his life: The nightmare begins. A mysterious woman in white wanders through the forest, leaving death in her wake. A terrifying black car - its driver invisible - carries the victims into the heart of the night. Every road sign points to a destination they never reach. The survivors succumb to panic, to madness; deeply buried secrets burst to the surface, and Christmas turns into a living hell. Written by Anonymous

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Read the signs.


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Rated R for violence, language, sexual content and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Pentagon Pictures

Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Atajo al infierno See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was a smash hit on home media earning U.S. $ 77 millions by DVD sales. See more »

Goofs

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: [after Frank nearly hits an oncoming car] I hope you slept well! Maybe I should whip you up some breakfast!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the end credits, there's this message: "To everyone still with us at the end of these credits, thank you! God bless you. You sure do like Movies!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in JonTron: Goosebumps: Part 2 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Bring It Back
by Greg De Belles
Published by Klektik Music / BMI
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Great horror film.
6 December 2004 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

"Dead End" is actually one of the best horror movies of 2003.It's Christmas Eve and Frank Harrington and his family are heading to the in-laws,when for the first time in twenty years he decides to take a short-cut through the woods.What a mistake this turns out to be,as he drives onto a seemingly endless road,and into a creepy land where nothing is what it appears to be."Dead End" is a truly intelligent and downright horrifying horror film.It offers some incredibly unnerving moments,unfortunately there is too much humour for my liking.There is also a fair amount of blood and gore,so I was satisfied.Anyway,if you are a fan of creepy low-budget horror films give this little gem a look.8 out of 10.


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