You asked for it, Billy Peltzer asked for it, Jack Frost asked for it, and now Dread Central is proud to present the year-round Christmas horror podcast you’ve long been waiting for…Silent Night, Deadly Podcast! Chris, Kieran, Matt, and Rob – collectively known as “The Jingle Boys” to their friends and “The Christmas Horribles” to Rob’s wife – are prepared to take you on one demented journey through a winter wonderland of the best and worst tinsel terror the big (and small) screen has to offer.
Episode seven speeds down a lonely road and through the woods to grandmother’s house for Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa’s Dead End (2003). It may not be the most festively decorated Christmas Horror title – much to Chris’ dismay – but this time loop thriller is sneakily one of the better holiday haunters available. Credit brilliant character acting by Lin Shaye and Ray Wise as parents facing an unending road of death. Psyches break, limbs snap, and constant bickering dampens the Harrington’s latest X-mas Eve festivities.
While the Harrington clan clashes at every opportunity, the Jingle Boys favor agreement. Not all appreciate the 2000s-era teen sex comedy performance from Mick Cain, but Shaye and Wise’ on-screen domination is a uniting force. Shaye’s greatest performance, maybe? One such podcaster believes so. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of insanity to bicker about other than the film itself, but here’s your full endorsement: Dead End is Jingle Boys approved!