The Shortcut

Thriller · 
Horror · 

Release Date: February 7, 2009

Status: Released

Running time: 1h 40m

Content Rating: R

Budget: $5,000,000


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When Derek moves to a new town and discovers a shortcut through the woods to his high school, he learns about a crazy old man who lives near its path: Legend has it that he abducted a group of teenagers years ago. Ignoring the warning, Derek and his friends set out to uncover the dark secret that's buried deep in the woods. But will they survive to tell it?

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The Shortcut (retitled Avoid the Shortcut) is a 2009 American horror film directed by Nicholaus Goossen, written by Dan Hannon and Scott Sandler, and starring Andrew Seeley, Shannon Woodward, Dave Franco, and Katrina Bowden. The film's plot centers on two brothers who discover a rarely used shortcut and learn its dark secret. Hannon and Sandler developed the screenplay in 2008 for Scary Madison, the newly formed horror division of Happy Madison Productions, the production company of comedian Adam Sandler, and Leomax, who financed and co-produced the film. Released in North America by Leomax on September 29, 2009, the film received mixed to favorable reviews, and was a commercial failure. Critics found the film to be above average and effective, but criticized its script as lacking character development.
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