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Curve (2015)

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A soon-to-be bride on her way to a wedding rehearsal is having second thoughts and decides to take a detour. Car breaks down and a hitchiker offers help. Could it be fate?


Iain Softley





Cast overview:
Julianne Hough ... Mallory Rutledge
Teddy Sears ... Christian Laughton
Penelope Mitchell ... Ella Rutledge
Madalyn Horcher ... Katie Goldman
Drew Rausch ... Deputy
Kurt Bryant ... Katie's Father


Mallory Rutledge is driving her fiancé's truck to Denver to meet him and get married. While driving in the lonely road, she talks to her sister Ella and decides to take a detour to visit the Grand Canyon. Out of the blue, the truck stops and Mallory can get no service in her cell phone. However the gentle drifter Christian Laughton offers to fix the car and Mallory accepts. Then she offers a ride to him and when she is driving, he says pornography to her. She asks him to leave but he shows a knife and tells her to go to a derelict motel. Mallory sees that the psychopath Christian is not wearing the seat bell and decides to throw the truck off the road in a curve. But the leg of Mallory is trapped in the overturned car and Christian leaves her without any help, in the beginning of Mallory's worst nightmare. Will she escape from the vehicle and from the psychopath? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, bloody images, language including sexual references and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Back in 2007 when the project was greenlit, Eva Mendes was set to star as the leading role of Mallory, now played by Julianne Hough. See more »


When Mallory pulls over and asks Christian to get out, she leaves the car in gear, but moments later, she has to fumble with the gear shift to get it out of park and back into gear. See more »


[first lines]
Mallory Rutledge: [answering her phone] Ella. Hey!
Ella Rutledge: Hi, sister. Where are you?
Mallory Rutledge: Taking the scenic route.
Ella Rutledge: The long way, you mean.
Mallory Rutledge: I'm following my GPS. It's fine. It's beautiful, actually.
Ella Rutledge: This isn't what I think it is, is it?
Mallory Rutledge: No.
Ella Rutledge: As long as you're all right.
Mallory Rutledge: Why wouldn't I be?
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Alternate Versions

In footage reedited into a short "alternate storyline" on the home video releases, Mallory does not give Christian a ride after he restarts her car, and after leaving him behind, calls her sister to talk about the encounter. The car soon shuts down again, and this time upon inspection, she learns a crucial cable has been cut. Unable to get cel service, she happens upon the cabin that appears at the end of the movie in the final cut, and sneaks inside when nobody answers the door. She discovers the phone has been cut, and hides when Christian, who has repaired her truck to use it for himself, arrives at the cabin and enters. The family that is later shown to be victims in the climax of the final cut emerge shortly after his arrival, and it is revealed Christian has been doing contracting work for them. He then commits the murders that are shown after the fact in the climax, and amidst the chaos, Mallory escapes, and in the chase Christian engages in with her, the crash occurs that sets into motion the remainder of the existing film. This is likely an original conception of the story that was changed during shooting to make the murdered family a bigger surprise later on. See more »


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User Reviews

"Curve": This tepid thriller won't throw you many of them.
20 February 2016 | by jtncsmistadSee all my reviews

Not gonna spend a lot of time on this one. "Curve" stars Julianne Hough (TV's "Dancing With The Stars") as a bride-to-be who veers way off track with an unhinged hitchhiker on an ill-advised back road detour to the wedding.

Pretty standard fare madman-menaces-beautiful girl (and Hough stays STAGGERINGLY so even after being beat up in an over the cliff car crash) fare with some pretty fair acting from the damsel in DEEP distress. Hough actually does one helluva job here in practically the worst predicament possible. This includes those SERIOUSLY squeamish interludes where a girl does what a girl's gotta do for makeshift nourishment. Eeeeeeewwwwwwww!!!

I won't delve into the seemingly standard requisite moments of implausibility in "Curve" as they are readily apparent even if you're only HALF paying attention. I will make mention however that even in this modest movie I expected more from the ending than the cath...no, wait. I won't say it.

If you should find the free time and you choose to fill it with this small-scale suspenser, you will then indubitably be able to complete this adjective I have chosen, as a serial sans-spoiler, not to.

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Release Date:

19 January 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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