The Shortcut (2009) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Two brothers come upon a rarely used shortcut in their new town.

IMDB: 5.1
Director: Nicholaus Goossen
Stars: Katrina Bowden, Jeremy Bastian
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 9 out of 26 found boring (34.61%)

One-line Reviews (33)

It's somewhat believable and pretty intense.

As if to make up for all the time nothing happened, suddenly EVERYTHING happens: the kids free psycho-man and he kills them (the two boys literally within seconds!!!

The shots were bland and boring...

When I wasn't giggling, I was nearly falling asleep.

A great story, interesting characters and a very twisted villain make this a surprisingly fun and enjoyable movie!

Don't Waste Your Time .

Then, it was intense as the kids were running for their lives.

The cliché is how the cast is trying to scare themselves off backing up the music .

Predictable yet (possibly) entertaining .

another cliché to spoil about is the guys perusing the garage of the slasher almost all through the movie .

That holds it down as well as the film's rather dull mid-section which doesn't offer much of anything interesting.

There's some really enjoyable and creepy moments in here which get this one going rather nicely, from the first time the kids wander through the house to the big confrontation in the woods where the darkness of the surrounding sand the two different encounters with the chained-up farmer makes for a couple of enjoyable entertaining scenes that work well without betraying the incredible tame feeling throughout this.

It was truly a waste of time on my part, and effort on the part of the cast and crew involved.

Really dumb confusing movie.

One of the better elements within this one is that it manages to be pretty creepy and suspenseful despite being pretty tame and soft.

This movie was entertaining for the most part.

No message.

As I said, there was no story, no emotion, not even any gore for slasher fans.

Soo boring and predictable .

This was an enjoyable if slightly flawed effort that could've been even better.

Any decent horror film needs to have at least two of the prerequisites - atmosphere, an intriguing story, a good scare, originality and capable acting.

Other big set-pieces include a second house-investigation sequence which features the spectacular sequence of the kids in the classroom which is illuminated only by their flashlights and shows row after row of mannequins set-up as if they're students and then stumbling upon all the writing on the wall which makes for a wholly impressive sequence, mixing together rather impressive suspense alongside the frantic action set-up which is highly enjoyable while keeping this one still quite kid-friendly.

It's very bland so I wouldn't recommend this to gore hounds.

i was bored through the whole damn movie.

However, I must say that you have the storyline figured out fairly quickly into the movie, but still, the movie is worth watching.

Quite enjoyable for what it is .

The story was predictable.

Pretty disappointing, this movie is sooooo boring and predictable.

The first one is the longest and slowest, giving us the exposition and buildup which are quite good - family moves into a new place, the kids in school and their friends, the local urban legend of a place you shouldn't go to, the works!

The Ending was totally predictable, and i called the twist ending within 5 min ..I feel like this is what a PG horror movie would look like.


btw another cliché is sex innuendos the main characters are having in the car while lurking on the killer.

Even if it is a bit outlandish and confusing.