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Summary: Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life. (imdb)
Horror, thriller i szczypta czarnej komedii. Wynik jest lepszy niz przypuszczalem, to naprawde bardzo dobry film, zarowno od strony ciekawego scenariusza, az po dobre dialogi i dosc realistyczne zachowania postaci (a przynajmniej nie ma takich bezsensow jak w wielu innych horrorkach). Bawilem sie znakomicie, ten film i trzyma w napieciu i chwilami wywoluje usmieszek na twarzy. Polecam.
I've never been so scared by potato chips. And I've never seen.. this kind of cerebral stimulation (?) if you know what i mean, before. And cheerleading squad, and shotgun joke, and drawing and waving. Such fun!
What makes this horror-comedy so incredibly scary, on top of the well created atmosphere, is the balance between terror and tounge-in-cheek. To wit, Lin Shaye at one point places a shotgun in her mouth, seemingly about to blow her own head off, only to announce presently that she was just kidding around. At other times horrific events ensue and this uncertainty proves disturbingly effective.
Drifts somewhere in between comedy and horror, never really reaching either genre, and ultimately sputtering out at then end when we're force fed an 'explain all' scene. There were a few good laughs, and it's hard to hate Ray Wise...but yeah. There are a lot better movies out there employing 'Dead' in their title.
Another one of those post-Sixth Sense (maybe it's not...I don't care enough to look it up) "thrillers" that exists ONLY to show off the shocking "twist" that the writer came up with. I imagine these guys come up with the twist first and write the movies second. It shows.