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Dead End (DVD)
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Dead End (DVD)
Advantages: Quite creepy, fun horror
This is a very recommendable B movie horror if you ask me. The unknown cast copes well enough, the story is different, the scares are pretty eerie, and there is also some good old family feuding thrown in for fun!
The Harrington family are travelling to the house of a relative on Christmas eve when the father falls asleep at the wheel. What seems like a harmless mistake unravels into a series of terrifying ordeals throughout the night which will test the family's strength as individuals and their strength as a group.
The acting throughout is mainstream to be honest, but from an unheard of cast, it is good enough to carry the film. Ray Wise is probably the strongest, as father Frank Harrington, whose calm and stern character is both entertaining and convincing throughout. I felt that Mick Kain brought a little warmth also as Richard Harrington, the 'teenage' son, who enjoys ridiculing his sisters boyfriend and generally being a pain in the ass. This helped to add quite a bit of realism to the whole family dynamic, and i felt more empathy towards the characters as a result.
There is probably more drama than action throughout, as this film relies heavily on suspense, a growing feeling of despair, and the relationship between the cast than it does on action and scares. Though, there are a fair share of frights throughout, and these are done with low budget special effects, but are still creepy and quite impressive.
Some of the scenes could disturb younger or more queezy viewers, such as one involving a baby in blankets, but if you're a fan of being scared and have a strong constitution, then this will just be another good frightfest at times.
This films greatest stregth is probably the twist, and although it is a little obvious to many what may be going on in the film, to most it will be a fun game guessing exactly why the bizzare events throughout are happening to the seemingly unsuspecting family.
Dead End is a fairly impressive example of B movie horror. The cast aren't great and it's clearly cheaply made, but it at no point requires expensive effects or set pieces. This isn't really a movie that i would reccomend for younger viewers, as some of the events throughout could be quite distressing to some, but to all horror fans out there i would strongly advise a night in bed with a pot noodle, some nice beverage, and this silly but fun film.
Summary: A definite for horror fans