Dead End (2003)

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A family making their annual Christmas pilgrimage to Grandmother's house finds their journey taking an ominous turn when they attempt to take an unfamiliar shortcut in this low-key chiller from first-time director Jean-Baptiste Andrea. For 20 years, Frank Harrington (Ray Wise) has driven the same, mind-numbingly familiar route to the annual holiday gathering, but the discovery of an unfamiliar shortcut simply proves too enticing for the loving but strained father to resist. As the road grows … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
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On DVD: Nov 19, 2004
Runtime:
LionsGate Entertainment

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Cast


as Frank Harrington

as Laura Harrington

as Richard Harrington

as Marion Harrington

as Brad Miller

as Lady in white

as Man in Black

as Dr. Helen Marcott

as 2nd worker

as 1st worker
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Critic Reviews for Dead End

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's just nothing here to like at all.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A small film like Dead End sneaks in and manages to floor pretty much everyone that's seen it.

Full Review… | February 1, 2006
Dread Central

There's great promise in Dead End, and a script that is often clever, combined with a carload of decent actors, really helps cover a multitude of flaws.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

Apesar dos personagens caricaturais (principalmente o adolescente irritante), cria boa dose de suspense e conta com um final intrigante.

September 23, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Dead End

Frank: Every time we've stopped, someone's gotten killed. We have to keep driving.

"Read the signs."

Dead End really isn't the terrible horror film I expected. It actually has a few well done scenes and some genuinely good ideas. So I'll admit that it isn't completely worthless. With that said, I still didn't like it. It's a really short, but somehow drawn out film. It seems like it would have played it better as a 30 minute short, but for an hour and twenty minutes, there really isn't too much there. The "Lady in White" character is terribly used when she should have been the scariest part of the film. So when what should have been the scariest part of the film isn't, that generally means it isn't going to be all that scary... and it isn't.

I will say that I liked the whole usage of the car. It was a solid element in a movie that really didn't have that much. It's definitely what I will remember about the movie in the future. Other than that, it was all largely forgettable. The acting was suspect at best, and often times just annoying. The scares were... well there weren't any. 

As it is though, you could do a lot worse. This is another of those backwoods road movies. The characters are lost and for the most part really stupid with their actions. Oh, but wait for the twist which will explain everything. Another really poorly done part of the film in my opinion. It's an average entry into the backwoods genre, which means it's a below average movie. As a horror buff, I'll give just about anything a shot, so if you're like me, it isn't a total waste of time. Everyone else... skip it.

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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

½

Ray Wise = "I'm in!"
This is another one that felt like a made for TV film, some good suspense but could have benefited from more scares and on screen kills.
Though as a Lynch fan I couldn't help but chuckle when "Frank's" (Ray Wise) son finds a cellphone with an ear attached and hearing "Frank" calling into the night for "Laura!!!" (his wife this time around) brought back some great memories as well.
Not horrible...a little campy a few scares a teeny bit of blood, but nothing real schocking.

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Robert C

Super Reviewer

½

Feels like I've been here before, or sometimes maybe never was....
Well, this little film drags you in different directions other than a depicted family's that seem to drive in the same direction over and over for reasons unknown yet all so clear to a certain fate. No one is devoid of this, but when it's laid out in a fashion of what could've been or what may be, all bets are off.
In this one, a family is on their way to a Christmastime celebration with more family on a route that begs to differ with a sense of reason or clarity. The pent-up feeling of frustration and fear of being lost combines with other horrific events making this truly a holiday season this family will never forget; or never remember for that matter.

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Eric S

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