Dead End

“Dead End” is a horror comedy starring Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cane, and Alexandra Holden as a family on their way to Grandma’s house for Christmas vacation and take a dreadful shortcut. The film mostly takes place on a road that seems to never end.

Frank Harrington played by Ray Wise is the father of a family on their way to the usual Christmas family vacation. Along for the ride is his wife, daughter, son, and his daughter’s boyfriend.  Tired of taking the usual route, he decides to take an unwise shortcut while the family was sleeping. They soon realise that they are lost with no idea where they are. Their trip leads to nightmare of mayhem and unfortunate events.

The cast was magnificent. “Dead End” is a true nail-bitter. With suspense, scares, and dark humor, it scores on a exceptionally high note. A well written script that will satisfy fans of this genre. Lin Shaye does an excellent job, as always, and decent performances from the others. Well directed with a cast that doesn’t fail.

The film had a creepy atmosphere and scares that are timed perfectly. Dark humor is added to some gory situations. Brilliantly pieced together from beginning to end. With a twilight zone feeling and a twist ending, this is what I would consider a good horror film.

If you haven’t seen “Dead End” then put it at the top of your list for your next trip to the video store. If your a fan of the genre, then you will not be disappointed. This is one of my favorite independant horror films ever made and has one of my favorite actresses of horror movies (Lin Shaye). Suspensful, scary, brillantly concieved, and a good horror movie all together. The only thing that I didn’t really care for is it’s ending. This is a surprisingly good low budget horror film. Don’t miss it.

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