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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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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

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

After the credits are over, we see a picture of the Harrington family during a party, which could be a Christmas celebration. See more »

Connections

References Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

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Bring It Back
by Greg De Belles
Published by Klektik Music / BMI
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This one lives up to the title "horror" film!
12 December 2007 | by VictoriaSee all my reviews

I adored this movie. I've always liked stories about people trapped in cars in the dead of night, (and if you do too, also check out the new release "Wind Chill") but this one is especially creepy. Ray Wise and Lin Shaye are very good actors and they had some moments that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. There's a lot of creepiness in general with the woman in white, the black hearse and just the desolate shots of traveling the same stretches of road over and over and over. I've seen this film three times now because I watched it with both of my daughters also, and it still got to me. They both enjoyed it too, and they're tough critics. Check it out. It's a fun little spine tingler with some very cool moments, yet manages to keep the gore under control.


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