Video Explores “The Strangest Christmas Horror You’ve Never Seen” DEAD END
Those in the know have long celebrated Dead End (released in 2003) as an elite example of Christmas-themed horror movies. Still, the absence of a psychotic Santa, cranky Krampus, or traditional holiday trappings means this gem has fallen between the cracks, even for those especially fond of holiday horror.
When a family en route to a Christmas Eve gathering decides to takes a shortcut down a wooded road, an eerie sequence of events signals trouble ahead. After nearly colliding with an oncoming car, father Frank (Ray Wise) picks up a ghostly hitchhiker (Amber Smith) and her infant child. With the sudden appearance of their new passengers, the route becomes dark and treacherous — and the family’s numbers rapidly begin to dwindle in a series of seemingly connected, grisly roadside accidents.
Written and co-directed by Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa, Dead End sports a powerhouse performance for horror icon Lin Shaye (Insidious, The Grudge).
For a deep-dive into Dead End, check out the video below produced by film critic and academic Ryan Hollinger. It’s certain to offer insights into this delightful holiday horror that should be a holiday tradition!
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