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Detour (2003)

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A group on their way to a rave become involved in a string of events that leaves them stranded in a desert. What follows is a nights of terror as they are set upon by a gang of drug crazed cannibals


Steve Taylor (as S. Lee Taylor)


Steve Grabowsky, Steve Taylor (as S. Lee Taylor)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Reed ... Tara (as Ashley Elizabeth)
Aaron Buer Aaron Buer ... Loopz / Lawrence
Brent Taylor ... Neil
Danna Brady Danna Brady ... Harmony
Kelsey Wedeen Kelsey Wedeen ... Cashie
Jessica Osfar Jessica Osfar ... Michele
Ryan De'Rouen Ryan De'Rouen ... Lee (as Ryan De Rouen)
T.C. Davidson T.C. Davidson ... King Freak (as Curtis Davidson)
Micky Levy ... Queen Freak
Anthony Connell Anthony Connell ... Petey
Tiffany Shepis ... Tiffany
Renee Intlekofer ... Angela (as Renee Madison Cole)
Gabrielle Kraszewski Gabrielle Kraszewski ... Little Girl
Jeffrey Barnett Jeffrey Barnett ... Pseudo Michele / Scared Freak / Raver
Steve Grabowsky Steve Grabowsky ... Pseudo Neil


While returning to Los Angeles in a trailer through the desert, the driver Neil convinces his friends Tara, Harmony, Loopz, Michelle, Lee and Cashie to take a detour to an isolated mine where it could have a plantation of peyote. The owner of a gas station advises the group to not go to the place, but the stubborn Neil does not pay attention to his words. While driving in a secondary road, Neil sees a girl and wrecks the car in a rock. He decides to walk back to the gas station to call a tow truck, while Michelle and Lee climb a hill trying to get signal to their cell phones. Sooner the teenagers find that they are under siege of a group of sadistic deformed cannibals and they have to fight to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence/gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell's Highway See more »

Filming Locations:

Rosamond, California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's plot bares a great resemblance to The Hills Have Eyes (1977). See more »


When going down into the mineshaft, the flashlight used by Loopz starts out as a standard blue flashlight, but changes to a yellow lamp. See more »


Loopz: [screaming] I love big, hairy, man ass!
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Crazy Credits

There is one brief scene after the end credits, it takes place at night and looks like the killer made a mistake and said the wrong line and starts laughing. See more »

Alternate Versions

SPOILER: On the dvd there is a slightly different intro to the movie: it adds in one brief shot of the killer walking towards the first girl, then later disemboweling the second girl on stakes. The disemboweling was edited out of the movie for some reason. See more »


References The Hills Have Eyes (1977) See more »

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Poorly Executed (Pun Intended)...cute girls
27 June 2006 | by consultdomSee all my reviews

So as not to "spoil" anything, the plot is as follows: A group of young people get stranded in the middle of nowhere and trouble ensues.

This movie has a plethora of similarities to the recent remake of "The Hills Have Eyes". The only redeeming quality this movie has is a bevy of good looking 19 year-old girls. I'm a straight woman, yet even I couldn't tear my eyes away from the numerous shots of these tanned, leggy girls with their flat abs, perfectly round, er. curves, and cellulite-free thighs. It was like watching a Bally's Fitness commercial.

So much for the good.

Other than providing nothing new in the way of story or effects, the movie manages to annoy more than entertain, unless you want to watch it MST3K-style and mock it aloud in your living room with your friends over a case of beer (because that's about how much beer you'll need to numb the pain).

It's really hard to tell one gorgeous chick from the next, but there were some memorable male characters. Notice I said "memorable" -- not "good".

The first was the guy at the gas station. He looks strikingly like Hugh Laurie from the excellent Fox series, "House".

Amongst the youngsters in the doomed RV is a guy who was spawned from both Vanilla Ice and Eminem. The 2 minute joke of a pretty white boy talking like a gansta in the hood got old after...well, 2 minutes. Then it was just embarrassing. Although it's not the actor's fault, I want to blame him anyway. "Words" such as "yo", "aww-ite" and "dog" interspersed with the usual expletives went from satirical to just plain offensive.

I don't know the budget of either this film or "The Hills Have Eyes" (2006), but either could have been made for $3M or less. It would be amusing to watch them back to back so you can see the amazing similarities -- both have motor homes, both use unfamiliar faces, both have cunning and creepy foes, and both take place in the middle of nowhere.

This film was made several years before "Hills" and I never saw the original, so I cannot compare. But comparing to the remake of "Hills", there are myriad similarities but only one difference: One works and one doesn't. And "Detour" just doesn't work.

I gave it a 5/10 for the good-looking women.

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