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Thanatos Road (2004)

A woman traveling cross-country gets more than she bargained for when she tries to help a kidnap victim from a highway killer.


Edward Kishel


Edward Kishel


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Cast overview:
Frank Noel Frank Noel ... Marty Thunker
Kenette Haynes Kenette Haynes ... Jen Talbot
Jennie Ella Epstein Jennie Ella Epstein ... Stacy Willows (as Jennie E. Epstein)
Lauren Jasinski Lauren Jasinski ... Living Dead Plumber
Jake Hanser Jake Hanser ... Rick Peterson
Donna E. Migliore Donna E. Migliore ... Nellie McCoy
Robert Lee Thornhill Robert Lee Thornhill ... Charlie Lumpkin


Thanatos Road is the story of Jennifer, a young woman who, while driving through the desert, becomes the sole witness to a violent crime. With a dead cell phone and 200 miles of nothing either way, will she risk her life to help a stranger? Things are not what they seem in this ambitious digital cinema short. And as Jennifer soon realizes, things are about to get allot worse than she could ever imagine. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

killer | desert | gothic | demon | zombie | See All (5) »


Evil takes a road-trip.


Horror | Short | Sci-Fi



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Release Date:

5 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA


Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Imperial Rabbit Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)| Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the film, the "Scorpion Gulch" gas station and "Nellie's Diner" are miles apart. In actuality, the two sets were right across the street from each other. See more »


At the end of the film when the van has stopped in the middle of the road, a close-up reveals that the license plate has flipped sides and is in reverse. See more »

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2 April 2005 | by ballwhacker15See all my reviews

I have to agree with hot88jh. This Jake Hanser is spectacular. I haven't seen this type of drive and sheer dedication to character since Daniel Day Lewis in "Gangs of New York". And i hear his younger brother is an immense talent just waiting to bust out. It's sick how there's so much talent in one family. Now naturally, the performance greatly surpasses the film. "Thanatos" is not exactly "Waterfront." However, Jake Hanser has been able to rise above the mere prose on the pages of the script and act with a superior kind of language and emotion rarely seen by young actors today. I deeply hope to see his name someday along with the likes of Norton, Bale, and Owen. Anyone with any taste knows what i'm talking about.

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