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The Shortcut

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Product Description

Just behind the grammar school and past the ‘No Trespassing’ sign is the shortcut through the woods that nobody dares to take: People in town still whisper about the creepy old guy who lives back there and the kids that disappeared near his home a long time ago. Now a group of high school seniors has decided to find out just what the shovel-wielding weirdo may be hiding. But even if they can uncover his shocking secret, will they survive what happens when the truth is finally unleashed?

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  • Actors: Shannon Woodward, Dave Franco, Drew Seeley
  • Directors: Nicholaus Goossen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EBRF92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Slasher Diva\ Dayna Newman 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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Dennis Moore on July 29, 2012
Format: DVD
All small towns have their spooky legends, especially in movies and books. In this town, the legend says don't use the shortcut from the school through the woods. If you do, "the old man" will get you.

This legend dates back to the 1940s when a young couple are leaving a high school dance, and the boy suggests they cut through the woods to get home quicker. While walking through the woods, the boy tries to rape the girl, but she fights him off and he leaves. As she's lying on the ground, bloody and frightened, a little boy appears. She asks him for help, but he just hits her with a rock before continuing the assault with his slingshot. Turns out 11-year-old Benjamin Hartley (of the town's famous Hartleys) is a psychopathic killer, murdering anyone who dares the shortcut through the woods on his family's property. To prevent any more killings, Benjamin's family eventually chains him up in the basement on an extra long chain that enables him to reach a rock at the rear of his backyard where he sits contemplating whatever young psychopaths contemplate.

Cut to 2009 and Derek (Drew Seely, ANOTHER CINDARELLA STORY) and his family have just moved to town two months ago following the death of Derek's father. He and his mother and brother now live with Derek's grandmother as they put their life back together. Derek's got a fast food job and two good friends, Lisa (Shannon Woodward, "Raising Hope") and Mark (Dave Franco, "Scrubs"). One day some kids from the elementary school dare Dereks' brother Tobey to cut through the woods, which he does, finding a dead dog on the way before being frightened away by an old man with a shovel who tells Tobey next time it'll be HIS blood.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert F. Powers on August 18, 2010
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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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