The Shortcut 2009 PG-13 CC

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Two brothers take a shortcut that is part of their hometown legend, due to the disappearance of young kids years before. Before long, they discover the reason why it's so rarely used.

Starring:
Kent Allen, Wendy Anderson
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

The Shortcut

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director Nicholaus Goossen
Starring Kent Allen, Wendy Anderson
Supporting actors Raymond J. Barry, Jeremy Bastian, Katrina Bowden, Cavan Cunningham, William B. Davis, Benjamin DeWalt, Nicholas Elia, Josh Emerson, Dave Franco, Jonelle Gunderson, Shannon Jardine, Scott Lyster, Christine MacInnis, Daniel Maslany, Maxine Miller, Tracy-Lynn Pugsley, Rob Roy, Jaden Ryan
Studio Anchor Bay Entertainment
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I think this is an okay movie but some parts were just off for me and bad acting for some.
Cindy
While the movie was generally well done (i.e., good production values, decent acting, good camera work, etc.), it just wasn't that interesting.
Amazon Customer
And it's not like he CHASED Tobey with the shovel, he just warned him next time it'd be HIS blood instead of a dog's.
C. Dennis Moore

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva on November 3, 2009
Format: DVD
The Shortcut wasn't a hardcore horror flick but then again it was a PG-13 thriller .
I didn't mind that there wasn't gratuitous violence in it and I usually like a lot of gratuitous violence.

The actors are appealing and the characters interesting enough to keep your attention.It's more of a mystery and that lends to it's appeal.

They don't sugarcoat anything or have any less victims of violent deaths because it's PG-13 they just make you use your imagination more instead of showing you the actual kill in full effect.

There are a couple of twists that I saw coming but it was still a good story and cleverly done.

I think even a slasher fan "like myself" would enjoy this movie,I did.

There is a story within a story.The back story is how the Shortcut came to be and as time goes by reveals one of the mysteries..
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Macintosh on October 5, 2009
Format: DVD
The premise is simple: A group of teens, on their way home from school, come across a rarely-used shortcut. Turns out it's rarely-used for a reason. An old man who's owned a farm there his whole life doesn't take kindly to visitors. And if you think you know what's coming next, you have no idea.

Unlike a lot of recent horror flicks, "The Shortcut" has no big special effect budgets or gratuitous violence. The movie's thrills are created by its creepiness and atmosphere; it builds suspense instead of raising the body count. I'd compare it more to "Halloween" or classic Hitchcock than "Saw" or "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." "The Shortcut" is subtle, smart, and, with its hot cast--including Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock") and heartthrob Drew Seeley ("Another Cinderella Story")--a great date movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie C on April 20, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have 2 teen boys so it's pretty cool to have a movie that revolves mainly around the teens from their perspective, as well as their quest to make it through 'The Shortcut'.

The premise of the movie is a mom and her 2 sons have just moved to a new place. They've been there a few months. One's a teen in high school, the other's about in 6th or 7th grade. One day afterschool, the youngest is talking to 2 other kids after school and they ask him if he's taken the shortcut before. He tells them no and they dare him. So he accepts. As he's walking, he trips over a dead dog and comes across a mean old man with a rifle letting him know in so many words that he'll be next if he comes back.

The boy runs away obviously scared. He gets home and tells his older brother what happened. His older brother tells some of his friends about the incident. One day at school, the football jock asks the guy what's up with this stuff he heard that happened with his little brother. The kid tells him it's true and asks him why. The guy lets him know because his dogs been missing. That's what prompts the teens to explore the shortcut.

From there, you'll have to watch the movie for yourself. But it's got plenty of jumps, and a good movie for teens to really connect with as far as how they talk and the jokes made. It also has an ending that will blow you away. Defintely worth watching. I'm glad I bought it and added it to my collection instead of just renting. My kids and I really liked it. Great movie, great acting, great plot, great twists and turns, and an awesome ending!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Powers on August 18, 2010
Format: DVD
What's an older brother supposed to do when his younger brother is a psychopath? Bury the evidence and keep younger brother chained in the basement. However this is a veeeeery long chain and over the years children as well as small animals have gone missing along a shortcut through the woods. A recently widowed mother with her two sons have settled into a small town. The younger brother is dared by his classmates to take the shortcut through the woods where he finds a gutted dog and is spooked by a creepy looking man with a shovel who asks the kid, "do you like blood? The next time it will be yours". After tripping and falling into the dog's blood the boy makes it home and tells his older brother what happened.

The next day at school the older brother is telling a friend about what his younger brother saw walking the shortcut and is overheard by a jock who's dog has gone missing.

The creepy looking man is the older brother of the psycho chained in the basement and the rest of the movie involves some teens including the jock and the older brother and their friends snooping around the house of the creepy man. They find the chained younger brother in the celler and mistakenly think he's being held prisoner and try to help him.....then......

I found this movie by accident channel surfing and as it was just starting I began to watch it and got sucked-in. Admittedly this is a horror movie for the mid-teen audience as the gore is non-existent but it has a lot of tense moments and a surprise ending I didn't see coming although on reflection-there are clues.

Not a great movie but certainly not a waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on June 16, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
There is an area of woods occupied by an "old man" through which lies "the shortcut". When high school students suspect their their dog was killed in the woods by the old man, they play Scooby-Doo investigators.

The movie has a few flashbacks to the time of the "old man" growing up. The "twist" is exactly as expected. This might be a film for teens that liked Scooby-Doo. The characters were good, the plot might put you to sleep.

Parental Guide: 1 F-bomb (WTF near end) attempted rape/grope, sex talk. No sex or nudity
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