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END OF THE LINE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Karen (Ilona Elkin), a young psychiatric nurse, boards the last subway train of the night only to have it stop in the middle of the tunnel. Her nightmare begins...A mysterious cult has decided it's the end of the world and the only way to save the souls of the living is to kill them in cold blood. As those around her are brutally murdered, Karen and a handful of others must face the homicidal cult members, supernatural forces, as well as their own fears of Armageddon.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
All the ingredients of a classic horror movie are here, but given a shake-up with a cleverly diabolical twist, which makes the crazed killers part of a nutty religious sect whose mission is to save the souls of the damned - by killing them. Neat. But the setting is standard issue: a subway tunnel system whose lights and communications have been blacked out. A group of strangers. An unknown number of assailants, even youngsters, armed with knives fashioned out a crucifix. I'd have to take a side bet that this symbolism is intentional and highly provocative to Christians - and tingly to horror specialists.

The cult is led by a televangelist of course, who uses mobiles and TV to rouse his mob, in yet another satirical swipe at the traditional churches. But there's much worse ... when a married pregnant couple from the sect are tested. The filmmakers are good at screwing with our minds. Likewise the ending.

The technicals are terrific, and the camerawork pushes the intensity meter while the cast do everything demanded of them with utter conviction. There is no winking at the audience, and the panic factor gets higher with every scene. No wonder the film won several awards, such as the Audience prize at the Dead by Dawn Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Fantastic Festival. It was also in the official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Published April 2, 2009



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END OF THE LINE: DVD (MA)
(Canada, 2006)

CAST: Ilona Elkin, Nicolas Wright, Neil Napier, Emily Shelton, Tim Rozon, Nina Fillis, Joan McBride, Danny Blanco, John Vamvas

PRODUCER: Maurice Deveraux

DIRECTOR: Maurice Deveraux

SCRIPT: Maurice Deveraux

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Denis-Noel Mostert

EDITOR: Maurice Deveraux

MUSIC: Martin Gauthier

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jena-Philippe Hebert

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making Of; Fantasia Festival Q&A with Maurice Deveraux and Martin Gauthier

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Anchor Bay

DVD RELEASE: April 1, 2009







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