There is no turning around on this cul-de-sac. "Dead End" (2003) is a Christmas thriller that follows a family on their drive to their Christmas celebration at the in-law's house. Ray Wise plays the father who decides to take a shortcut and ends up in a place none of them has ever seen before. They pick up a beautiful, mute hitch hiker who adds to the strangeness and nightmare to come. Superb special effects and outstanding performances turned in by Ally McBeal, Amber Smith and Lin Shay make this a tense,dramatic horror.