Synopsis: A teenager and his friends investigate an old shortcut after becoming convinced the elderly man living there has been killing neighborhood dogs. While doing so, they discover an even more horrifying truth.
Who’s in it? Kent Allen, Raymond Barry and Katrina Bowden.
What I liked about this movie: There is a pretty decent twist toward the end of the movie that wasn’t too terrible, mostly because the film does a great job using flashbacks to keep you guessing about who the old man is and why he is so anti-social and possibly homicidal. It wasn’t enough to save the movie (more on that in a second), but it did earn it a point or two.
What I didn’t like about this movie: It’s supposed to be a thriller but, even during the most intense scenes (which you have to wait a long time for), there wasn’t a time when I was on the edge of my seat.
Part of the reason for this is, other than the twist I mentioned before, the movie was actually very predictable. The second the teenagers entered the old man’s house and were relying on their cell phones, I knew they wouldn’t get a signal. And, after the twist I mentioned, I could pretty much guess at the ending. In fact, when the film had that last-second surprise twist at the end, I really wasn’t surprised at all.
Final Opinion: The movie takes a while to get going and, when it does, it’s very predictable. In other words, it’s not worth your time.
My Grade: 2 stars out of a possible 5.