Dead End

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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 increasingly dark, the eerie sight of a young woman carrying a small infant sets into motion a horrific series of roadside deaths that finds the family's numbers quickly dwindling. Though there are no other travelers on the long and dark stretch of road, the appearance of a menacing black hearse seems somehow connected to the spectral woman and her child. Could it be that a vengeful entity was the previous victim of a roadside accident, returning to torment any trespasser who happens to wander down her silent stretch of road, or could the answer to the horrific mystery lie deep within the conscience of one of the few remaining family-members?

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Ray Wise
as Frank Harrington
Lin Shaye
as Laura Harrington
Mick Cain
as Richard Harrington
Alexandra Holden
as Marion Harrington
Billy Asher
as Brad Miller
Amber Smith
as Lady in white
Steve Valentine
as Man in Black
Karen S. Gregan
as Dr. Helen Marcott
Clement Blake
as 2nd worker
Jimmie F. Skaggs
as 1st worker
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Critic Reviews for Dead End

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Audience Reviews for Dead End

  • Aug 05, 2018
    The characters can be quite unpleasant but the actors make everything really fun to watch, as the movie flirts with absurdity to the point of hilarious (especially when family secrets come up in the most bizarre situations) and offers us enough tension to compensate for its silliness.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2013
    Instead of concentrating on delivering the scares, the film narrates the story in an intriguing way. Neat performances, deadpan humor and great music makes the ride a lot more fun. Must watch for horror fans.
    Anoop K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2013
    Clever low budget film mainly benefits from interesting characters. The twist at the end may have caught many people by surprise but if your a genre fan you knew it was coming. The cast is quite unknown and give 100% in the roles. It's the character interaction you have to rely on given the budget. Ray wise is often a support player but here is a chance to lead and he plays the confused and fearful dad. Some the issues I have are mainly in the directors chair as he allows the film to drag instead of ramping up the confusion and weirdness. He takes the finger of the pulse with needless backstory and the characters become flawed and useless. The film is at its strongest when it is in full swing confusing the audience. Genre fans would of found this film by now but its a shame this wasn't given more coverage. Mind bending films are not always successful so its good to see a film succeed where higher budget films fail
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2012
    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.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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