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Dead End [DVD] [2003]

Ray Wise , Lin Shaye , Fabrice Canepa , Jean-Baptiste Andrea    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain, Alexandra Holden, Billy Asher Rosenfeld
  • Directors: Fabrice Canepa, Jean-Baptiste Andrea
  • Writers: Fabrice Canepa, Jean-Baptiste Andrea
  • Producers: Albert Hasson, Cécile Telerman, Gabriella Stollenwerck, Guy Courtecuisse, James Huth
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001K2L4M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,322 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For the last twenty years Frank Harrington (Ray Wise - Twin Peaks, Jeepers Creepers 2) has made the reluctant road trip with his family to celebrate Christmas at his mother in law’s! This year all the usual in-car fighting and bickering ensues, but when the family finally fall asleep, Frank decides to take the short cut through the forest... it's the biggest mistake of his life! From out of the woods appears a mysterious woman, all in white, clutching a baby and leaving a trail of death in her wake. A terrifying black car - with no visible driver - carries her victims into the dark of night. Every road sign points to a destination they never reach as they are stuck on a never-ending road. Before too long panic and insanity set in and deeply buried secrets soon surface as Christmas turns into a living nightmare!

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Road Is Long 4 Dec 2005
Format:DVD
This is a very scary movie, and I enjoyed it so much I gave it five stars. I was however tempted to give it 4 due to the ending. They could have just cut the film ten minutes earlier without having to try and give it a "twist" at the end which was frankly un-needed. Anyway, that aside, the film is basically a family's night-time journey through a forest. Caught on a road that appears to have no end, they suffer a series of terrifying encounters each time they have to stop the car. There is also some really dark humour throughout the film, particularly as the family members begin to get driven crazy coping with what is happening to them. There isn't any complexity of plot, just a creepy sense of being caught outside of time - in the Twilight Zone, for example - it is really a particularly scary Bradbury-esque movie, and I thoroughtly enjoyed it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Claustrophobic Dark Comedy Horror 11 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you like your horror films to be clever and suspenseful then you should definitely give this one a watch. Benefitting greatly from a simple set (one car, one road) and a cast of relatively unknown actors, the french director/writers have managed to create an entertaining and creepy film which is as much about the characters reaction to their situation as it is about the actual horror that occurs. I was particularly impressed with the performance of Lin Shaye as the mother, a fabulous character.
The storyline is simple. A family are travelling at night on Christmas Eve to visit relatives. In the car is the mother, father, son, daughter and the daughters boyfriend. The father decides to take a shortcut which takes them on a seemingly endless road in the middle of a forest. Shortly after a near miss with another car they spot a woman carrying a baby along the side of the road. Suffice to say after giving her a lift things start to go horribly wrong.
A very claustrophic, intense and incredibly classy piece of dark comedy/horror.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By P. Hargreaves VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This film is one to watch several times as what seems like a cosy, humourous road movie turns into a nightmare. All I can say is look out for the Lady in White when your out driving on quiet country roads at night!! Atmospheric, constantly moving and a labyrinthine ending that leaves you wondering - did it or didn't it!! (I'll not say more and spoil the plot).
An intelligent and thought-provoking film - I've been talking about this film for days after watching it - if you like horror/mystery films buy it - it's a must have for your DVD collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I'm not going to go into great detail about the plot of this movie, as it twists and turns so many times that explaining too much of it would spoil the effect of the film. Suffice to say an average family find themselves stuck on a seemingly never ending road, being stalked by what they initially think is another driver.
What makes this film so refreshing is this:
A: The film is actually tense, suspenseful and chilling. I'm more or less desensitized to gore and violence (there is some in this movie and it is unpleasant so the squeamish might want to take a raincheck) but nobody can resist a movie if it genuinely gets under your skin. For me, this was a movie that at times I wanted to turn off or pause, it's that suffocatingly tense. If you swing the other way and violence scares you, not tension, this movie would still probably work, as some unnervingly nasty things go on as the movie progresses.
B: It makes perfect sense. Sounds obvious, but a lot of horror movies, especially high profile ones like Hide and Seek, just don't add up when you think about them. It's all well and good writing a plot that twists all over the shop, but if it doesn't tie back up at the end, people will come out feeling cheated. This movie stops that from happening, with a tight, clever story arc and some killer twists.
To sum up, this is a movie that without a large budget, or with the exception of the fabulous Ray Wise, an A list cast, ramps the chill factor up to eleven and twists so much you won't know whether you're coming or going, yet reins it all back in for an ending that makes perfect sense and gives you a proper denouement to the tale instead of a botched Scooby Doo ending. They don't make 'em like this as much as they should.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just a Horror film... 8 Sep 2005
By Dominic
Format:DVD
This film is very good. It really should not be thought of as only a horror film as it is far more subtle than that genre usually is. There is blood but it is minimal. Often the 'horror' is off screen in the best traditions of older films. It is thus left to the mind to create the horror. The directors are French & they bring a good deal of style to their film making. Beautifully dark & not without humour, I cannot praise this too highly. If you like European cinema you may well like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The fate of the Bellend family 24 Sep 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film whilst entertaining enough has got to take suspension of disbelief to new lows;people witness horrific events and yet a couple of minutes later everything's forgotten,and characters wander off on their own after said events have occured. The characters are unsympathetic especially the cretinous(literally) wanker of a son.Little is actually explained and don't get me started on the ridiculous ending.On the plus side,some of the comedic elements work and the ghostly car scenes are chilling enough.All in all an uneasy blend of comedy and horror that ultimately doesn't come off.I'd actually give it a two and a half rating if I could.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dead end
Now this is very strange film sort of horror with comedy and very offbeat..I have never seen a film like it its very odd.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by spen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horror films ever
Saw this film years ago over a friends and loved it.
Its an original idea, quite scary but also funny in parts.
Strongly recommended!!!
Published 6 months ago by MR ANDREW K J SEXTON
5.0 out of 5 stars A great script for a so-so horror movie
I'll start off by saying that I love `Dead End.' It's not the greatest horror film and certainly not the most original. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Albatross
4.0 out of 5 stars Back seat driver....
For the past 20 years, Frank Harrington has driven his family to celebrate Christmas with his mother-in-law.

This year, he takes a shortcut, and its a huge mistake. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film
An interesting premise, more than likely seen before, worth a view if you like horror/mysteries and a twist in the end..
Published 10 months ago by JPI
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic
Love this film! Horror and black humour combined. Good cast overall but Lin Shay steals the film as the mother going slowly mad.
Published 11 months ago by AlexW
1.0 out of 5 stars DEAD END
this film is awful. one of the worst films i've seen. save your money and buy something else. not only is the story line poor, but the acting is worse. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Philip P. Hilliard
5.0 out of 5 stars A LAUGH A MINUTE !
This film is hilarious ! It is a tongue in cheek horror film that keeps you laughing. I can only presume that many of the reviewers who gave this a low rating were taking the film... Read more
Published 14 months ago by D. E. Barron
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a must have for my son.
My son asked me to get this for him, he loves it. He is quite difficult to please so it must be an enjoyable watch.
Published 17 months ago by Rhonay
1.0 out of 5 stars PISH
all i remember about this film is that it was total pish from beginning to end.
Dont waste your money,,you WILL be disappointed.
Published 21 months ago by c .boyle
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