Dead End ★★★½

I like it when a movie has constraints to work within and chooses to embrace them and come up with something that's simple, but somehow still effective. With a small budget, a handful of passable actors, a station wagon, a hearse, and a small stretch of highway deep in the woods, Dead End succeeds on these terms. The movie has some witty dialogue, a darkly comedic side that works more often than not, and it flows nicely. Some moments are actually creepy, and there are some inventive camera shots used to cover up some of the budget issues that really work. It reminds me a lot of Cabin Fever. Neither film is without serious flaws, but both of them really succeed at creating a better than average genre movie that's very small in scope yet leaves a definite impact.

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