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Snarveien (2009)

Explore your worst possible fears in this shocking horror thriller inspired by terrifying true events! Driving back to Norway, Lina and Martin reach a roadblock where a policeman tells them... See full summary »




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Cast overview:
Marte Germaine Christensen ... Lina
... Martin
... Gunnar
... Bosse
Malin King ... Lotta
Inga Didong Harrie ... Ellinor
... Lasse
Knut Walle ... Edgar
... Smugler
... Maskemannen
Eileen Kvaale Røst ... Offer


Explore your worst possible fears in this shocking horror thriller inspired by terrifying true events! Driving back to Norway, Lina and Martin reach a roadblock where a policeman tells them to take a detour deep into the Swedish forest. But soon one creepy incident after another leaves them stranded in the dark woods and everything seems much too bizarre to be accidental. What Lina and Martin don't know is that they are under constant video surveillance and have been cast in the leading roles of a live Internet snuff movie with a definitive end. Written by American Film Market

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31 July 2009 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Detour  »

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Did You Know?


The international English title of the film is Detour, still the Norwegian title "Snarveien" actually means "the shortcut". See more »


Referenced in Christmas Cruelty! (2013) See more »


The Moment You Die
Written by A. Pedersen, H. Kanestrom, T. Smeby
Performed by Von Raven
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That's it, seriously?!?
1 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Scandinavia is a flourishing horror movie region lately. I can easily name multiple world-widely acclaimed titles to backup this statement, like "Cold Prey", "Let the Right one in", "Dead Snow", "The Substitute" and "Antichrist". As a devoted horror geek, I want to follow and remain au courant of this contemporary genre boom and thus blindly selected "Detour" as one of the titles I wanted to watch at this year's edition of the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Films. Well … "Detour" was quite a surprise, indeed. I was literally astonished – shocked, even – about how ordinary, dull and derivative this movie was! Think the most rudimentary and clichéd backwoods/survival imaginable and you pretty much fully covered the idea of "Detour". We're talking clichéd story lines, one-dimensional characters, predictable twists, uninspired gore, lame attempts to imitate genre classics and ineffective suspense. Young couple intend to cross the rural Swedish/Norwegian border with a trunk full of illegally smuggled booze, but are forced to make a detour when the main road is closed off because of an accident. They subsequently get two flat tires, run into a deranged garage owner who watches nasty videos, meet a friendly cop who clearly cannot be trusted, pick up a confused girl in the woods and arrive at a secluded mansion owned by a mysteriously elderly couple. Lina and Martin also don't realize they're constantly being filmed by a series of strategically placed cameras all over the woods. They unwarily ended up in the middle of a snuff movie as the involuntarily lead actor and actress. "Detour" is an incredibly short movie (barely 77 minutes) and yet manages to be quite boring and repetitive. The amount of false scares and obviously transparent red herrings is enormous and the pacing is too often interrupted by dreadful dialogs and pointless sentimental moments. The gore-factor and body count are intolerable low and even the breathtaking northeastern Norwegian forestry filming locations can't hold your attention longer than ten minutes. The soundtrack is pretty cool (Norwegian black metal) and the lead actress Marte Cristensen is a beautiful lady, but "Detour" is an overall unremarkable film and not worthy to rank between the aforementioned Scandinavian winners.

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