‘Twas the fright before Christmas, when all thro’ the house. Not a creature-feature was stirring, but this new Christmas Eve tradition was…
Dead End is the first and only film collaboration from writing and directing team Jean-Baptiste Andrea (Brotherhood of Tears) and Fabrice Canepa (his only IMDb credit).
The film kicks off with that feeling of impending doom, as Frank Harrington (Ray Wise, Jeepers Creepers 2) drives his family to his mother-in-law’s for Christmas Eve.
Jokes asides, Dead End definitely encompasses that dreadful feeling, as the Harringtons decide to take a detour on their trip, ending up on a deserted back road and being besieged by sinister forces along the way.
One by one, each family member falls to these forces’ diversions, and one by one, family secrets come to light.
Dead End is a brilliant and mysterious situational low-budget ghost story that will keep viewers guessing right up until the very end. But the amount of laughs also equal the frights, in a strange blend of juvenile, droll, and slapstick (to name a few) humor all presented in an extremely dark manner.
The film is definitely a hidden gem that deserves plenty of recognition and should have a reservation on every horror fans’ “must see” list, not to mention a suitable part of their annual Christmas viewing.
~ Matthew McPhee