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The Shortcut

3.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • 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 (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EBRF92
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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I was pleasantly surprised by this little gem! I ordered it and watched it because I had read some of the more positive reviews and also because I seem to "share" my taste in movies with a few other customers so I always look at what they said, first, and if they like and/or love it, I usually do, as well! I don't want to name names because for all I know, they may HATE my reviews!
But, all kidding aside, this is a good movie. The actors were good, the writers were good; I guess almost everyone involved in getting this film out did a good job! The plot was creative and interesting and while I DID guess some of the outcomes, the ending came out of nowhere and really blew me away! I was NOT expecting that one and that's one of the things I love in a movie. Movies should be entertaining, have a good plot, have good actors (even if they're not well known), good direction and keep you interested from the first frame to the last and sometimes even give the viewer a great surprise they weren't expecting at all. This movie did all of that. I'd definitely recommend it and think it's worth both your time and your money.
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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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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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I thoroughly enjoyed this teen thriller/suspense gem! This proves that movies can be chilling/horrifying/suspenseful without the use of excessive gore and over-the-top ridiculousness! This likely was a fairly low budget film also...but that does nothing but add to it's overall charm and appeal! The characters in the film are likeable and in these types of films, it helps when an audience cares about a film's characters!
This movie is like sitting around a campfire listening to an old ghost story or urban legend! It's entertaining...the atmosphere is dreary...and the plot keeps you interested! There's a mystery that's yet to be discovered until the very end of the film...which you might have figured out before it happens! However, there's another surprise shortly thereafter! I'm not going to put any spoilers in this review because my hope is that after reading this review others will watch this film!
With these things being said, if you like a suspenseful thriller, then check out this movie! I really enjoyed it!
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