Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Jimmie F. Skaggs, Steve Valentine, Amber Smith
Director: Jean-Baptiste Andrea
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE & LIKE EVERY YEAR, THE HARRINGTON'S TAKE A TRIP TO THEIR IN-LAWS TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS. TAKING AN UNFAMILIAR SHORTCUT, MR HARRINGTON MAKES THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF HIS LIFE, LEADING HIS FAMILY DOWN A T... more »
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Elizabeth R. (escr) from URBANA, IL
Reviewed on 9/6/2010...
I wouldn't say, as some do, that this was the scariest thing ever made. If you are any kind of a horror fan this movie will not really scare you and you will probably figure out the twist fairly early on. That being said, this is a movie totally worth watching. The performances are 1st rate,the atmosphere is great, there are some genuine laughs in between the creepiness. All in all, I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it highly.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joshua C. (jconn) from ROME, GA
Reviewed on 1/26/2009...
When I was a kid, I got scared by horror movies all the time - so much so that I could hardly stand going to bed afterwords. The more horror films I saw though, the less easily I got scared by them and the more I enjoyed them until the end of middle school when I completely stopped being scarred by them at all, other than the fleeting startle that came from loud noises. Years and years went by and while I still enjoyed well-made horror films I started to miss that unworried deep fear I used to get. Long afterwards as an adult this movie actually really scared me, and to this day I regard it as the scariest movie by far that I have ever seen. I have seen many horror films, so many that I am totally sick of the cheesy ones (which, sadly, most seem to be), but don't let the no-name cast fool you. This is the ONLY movie that has actually scared me as a grown-up, and I regard it as one of my all-time favorites.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Excellent film, but it seems Lion's Gate didn't give a darn.
hippiedj | Palm Desert, CA USA | 11/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Dead End is one of those films that is a joy to discover. I highly recommend the film, and it's a 5-star one at that. I gave this U.S. DVD release only 3 stars because Lion's Gate (whom I had high hopes for) seemed to not care about this release at all. This is a full-frame, no-frills release and at the time of this review, a $24.98 retail price??? That's ridiculous.
In the U.K. they get a widescreen edition, with a 30-minute "making of" featurette, deleted scenes, and trailers. This U.S. edition is a joke, and insults those that put together an amazingly trippy film about a family's Christmas Eve drive through an otherworldly scenic route. Lion's Gate has also insulted those of us that appreciate a film as it was meant to be seen, even if it's not a classy drama but rather a wonderfully intense, scary, and funny thriller.
This is not your typical "horror" film. Thanks to the European talent behind the writing and direction, this transcends the genre. Anyone could make a film about a family facing death and strangers on an isolated road, but Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa have come up with something you'll be thoroughly entertained by. Plenty of suspense, some grossness, and humor blend quite well.
Too bad Lion's Gate just chucked this one out without a care...looks like I'll have to get my hands on a European copy and get an all-regions DVD player.
Sure, get this DVD if it's the only way you can get to see this film, but it's only a taste of what the whole experience COULD be!"
Cliche-ish? Yes. Enjoyable? Definitely.
B. Merritt | WWW.FILMREVIEWSTEW.COM, Pacific Grove, California | 09/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's pretty obvious that someone had a lot of fun making this film. There's a hint of dark comedy, the "Twilight Zone" feel that pervades almost all the reviews here at Amazon.com, and a cliché-riddled film that actually works if you set back and enjoy. Apparently given a pretty limited budget, first time co-directors Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa have pulled together a horror film that pays homage to a mixture of films in the vein of the Twilight Zone meets Rosemary's Baby. You might also blend in a little "CHRISTINE" (ala Stephen King) and then you'll have the general idea.
The film stars Ray Wise (SAVANNAH) as Frank Harrington. He's driving his family (wife, two kids - one a punk teenage boy and the other a young adult psychiatrist - and a boyfriend of their daughter's) to a Christmas gathering at his mother-in-law's house. Along the way, though, Frank decides to take a detour, a shortcut, down an old country road, and he does this while everyone else in the car is asleep. And when they awaken, the road seems to go on forever and ever and ever. Hmm. Strange, too, that all of their watches have stopped at 7:30pm.
Soon they discover a pretty young lady dressed all in white standing alongside this endless road, and she's cradling a well-swathed baby in her arms. And when they stop to see if she needs help, all hell breaks loose. Their daughter's boyfriend vanishes, and soon a hearse comes slowly trundling by and, as it passes, everyone sees the boyfriend pounding his bloody hands on the rear window. The family jumps back into their car and races after the hearse, only to hit a big speed bump a few miles down the road. Or was that a speed bump? Uh-oh. It was the boyfriend, and he's nearly mangled beyond recognition.
Soon the car's occupants/family begin to disappear, almost always after spotting the lady in white. Why doesn't the road ever end? Why are they all being forced into this hearse? Why is this lady in white attached to them somehow? Why does time seemed to have stopped?
Like I said earlier, lot's of cliché-style answer await you, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of watching this dark, dark, mildly comedic horror tale. Popcorn? Check. Lights off? Check. Loved one sitting nearby ready to scream? Check. You're ready!"
A real horror movie
Bakuryuu Tyranno | England | 11/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie has theidea almost every other horror movie this millenium should have had - They don't waste time with sex scenes, or special effects, or gore.
The twist at the end, which some people said they felt cheated by, actually explains why the dead people ended up the way they did (I don't think I'm spoilinng anything here; we all know in a horror movie people are going to die.)
The only people who would'nt like it are both the kind of people who only care about special effects, and the kind of people who are in denial. More specifically, they're in denial that this is one of the movies that proves actual TALENT beats anything that can be done with special effects.
So the only reason to avoid this is if you're one of those fans of "special effects movies". Alternatively, even if you're a fan of "special effects movies", you could watch this and therefore watch a GOOD movie for once in your life."