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The Shortcut (2009)

Shannon Woodward , Dave Franco , Nicholaus Goossen  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EBRF92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Teen Thriller November 3, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Shortcut delivers October 5, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie full of surprises 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
2.0 out of 5 stars SCOOPIE DOO February 15, 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie November 17, 2012
By Maggie
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This movie is good but I'm not a big horror flick person. My daughter asked to get this movie and she has really enjoyed it!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Shortcut July 29, 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie. Twisted
Published 14 days ago by Scott Bledsoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great seller
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Published 2 months ago by Trish
4.0 out of 5 stars Had it's moments
I think this is an okay movie but some parts were just off for me and bad acting for some. The ending did not make much sense to me they could have done better to pull the story... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cindy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad.
This is more of a movie for pre-teen's or young teenagers. It felt like it were trying to have that "Stand By Me" feel, but it wasn't even close.
Published 9 months ago by MAC
5.0 out of 5 stars An adge of your seat keps you on the edge Too!!!
This day and age you don't want to take shortcuts. A mad man may be waiting there to put some hurtin on you. But it is the end that will blow your mind.
Published 10 months ago by Robert Hennessy
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly enjoyable light horror fare
Wait a minute. When did Adam Sandler start making horror films? Apparently, it was in 2009. The Shortcut was the first release from Scary Madison, part of the Happy Madison... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
The Shortcut isn't the typical B-movie slasher film you'd expect it to be. The movie actually has a plot, a decent story to follow, and a great cast. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Todd Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars God Awful
This is a movie made for television. It is boring, silly and predictable. Do yourself a favor. read the reviews, they are more interesting than the movie itself. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
This was a little slow , interesting but not too scary. That is what I like.Scary, and makes you look around corners, and look at people a little differently.The Shortcut
Published on November 22, 2011 by June Walker
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