Dead End (2003)

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Avg Rating: 4.1 / 5. Voted: 23

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Year: 2003
Directed by: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
Starring: Ray Wise (Dad), Alexandra Holden (Marion Harrington), Lin Shaye (Mom), Mick Cain (Richard), Amber Smith (Lady in White), Billy Asher (Brad)
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: English (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:23:18
Genres: Horror, Family

Plot – Spoilers:
The Harrington family are driving to Grandma’s for Christmas through a forest stretch cuz Dad thought avoiding the interstate would be a great idea to help him not doze off. In the car are Mom, daughter Marion, her boyfriend Brad and brother Richard.

The family are regular and dysfunctional with the brother-in-laws contemptuous of each other. With everyone in the car dozing, Dad joins them in nodding off until the screeching headlights of an oncoming car wake him. The car’s fine and nobody’s hurt so the bunch resume their journey until they see a woman with a baby standing by the road. Feeling obliged to help, they make room for her and decide to take her to the nearest police station as she seems in shock and is unresponsive to their questions. Soon, the horror begins…

Favorite Scenes:
Richard awkwardly rocking out until he is seduced by the Lady in White and has his lower lip chewed off. You almost regret his exit, this early on into the movie.

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Cap Bender
Cap Bender
August 11, 2020 9:48 pm

Rather enjoyable bad movie. People doing dumb things no normal human would do in the same situation. There are plenty of cheesy laughs with the dialogue. There were also a couple of times I almost checked out, but something kept me there. The acting is comically over the top. A lot of moments felt like a 60s twilight zone episode. Alexandra Holden is fun to watch. That was one of Rosses girlfriends on Friends! So…Eh, yea…anyway, sort of an entertaining twist ending. Worth a watch when your bored and expectations are in check. Cheers!

September 16, 2020 7:30 pm

I really like this movie. It’s almost more dark humor than horror. The way the family members bicker with each other made me chuckle. Ray Wise is so good at acting crazy lol.

big drip
big drip
April 23, 2021 11:05 pm

had to turn it off after 30mins… way too stupid!

The Dude Abides
The Dude Abides
March 15, 2022 10:18 pm

Leland Palmer! IYKYK. Favorite line – “you handle that wrench like a whore handles a baby.” Very good dark comedy (clearly doesn’t take itself seriously).

Steve Hoyland
Steve Hoyland
April 20, 2022 3:48 pm

This Is the edited version – for example, we only briefly see Brad and Richard after they’re killed, instead of the full gory details; the original shows much more gore and surreal scenes. Watch the original before making a decision.

April 21, 2022 1:20 am

Ugly, Bourgeoisie, Soccer Mom Laura has the first orgasm of her life by stimulating some erogenous zone she discovers in a bloody hole in the back of her head but it’s not a dark comedy? Enjoyable, campy, fun.

April 22, 2022 12:54 pm

This felt like a 90s tv movie and is a horror comedy at that. While not my favorite movie genre, it is the dialogue and bickering between family members that raises it above its formulaic formula. A cheesy but entertaining (but minimal gore) 3.5/5 wrong turns

false dichotomie
false dichotomie
December 17, 2022 12:52 am

Absolute favorite scene is the DnB montage @ 16:45

fun movie