The Shortcut

Synopsis: High school senior Derek was adjusting to life in a new town when he discovered an overgrown path leading into the woods. According to his classmates, the local kids used to use it as a shortcut before a malevolent farmer began chasing them away with a shovel. Eventually, a few of the local kids went missing under mysterious circumstances. Rumor has it that the old man got them. Now years have passed, and no one dares go near the path. The townspeople have simply accepted the fact that it's off limits. But Derek suspects that the old man is hiding something, and he's determined to find out what it is. Once he uncovers the sinister secret that lies just beyond the trees, however, he may not live to reveal the awful truth.
Director(s): Nicholaus Goossen
Production: Anchor Bay Entertainment
100 min

I'm so happy you didn't

have to go to the Marines yet.

Me too. But they said I have

to report in 2 weeks though.

- Do you know where you're going?

- Yeah. I'm stationed in Germany.

Isn't it gonna be dangerous?

Yeah, well,

we gotta stop the Nazis.

- I'll write to you while you're there.

- Thanks.

By the way,

thanks for walking me home.

Are you kidding?

You're my favorite girl.

(both chuckle)

Hey, c'mon.

Let's cut through the woods.

It's so dark.

Come on,

it's just a shortcut.

I've always been

a little scared of the woods.

Really? Well, don't worry.

I'll protect you.

Oh, you're so sweet.

- Oh gosh.

- (both chuckle)

- Fantastic.

- I'm tired. My feet hurt so much.

- That's from all the dancing.

- We didn't stop the whole time.

Well, we tried, yes, but we

couldn't stand back and watch

- Danny and Jess, right?

- Yeah, we did, but then we came out

- and gave them a little bit of a--

- We gave 'em a show.

We gave 'em a show.

Yes. Yes we did.

- What is it?

- It's--

you look beautiful.

- Stop it.

- Come on.

I'm not ready for that.

Oh, I think you are.

Let's just keep walking.

Come on, Irene.

What are you running away for?

I ship out in 2 weeks.

Irene, wait.

Okay, that's enough.

Stop it.

I like that.

I mean it.

- Too hard.

- (grunts)

(cries out)

Dougie, no.

- No.

- Shut up. Shut up.


You b*tch!


(girl crying)

I should kill you, b*tch.

Thank God you're here.

Please help me.

Go tell someone

to get the police.

Hurry, please.

Can you hear me?

Are you deaf?

What's wrong with you?!



So who do you like

in the fight this weekend?

- Is there UFC this weekend?

- No.

- MMA?

- Dude, it's the heavy weight championship

- of the world.

- You follow boxing?

I follow everything

in case you haven't noticed.

- Hey, Howard.

- I don't even know who the champ is.

Awesome. Well, if you ever

want to make a bet,

then just let me know.

I'll help you out.

Why, do you know

a bookie or something?

- Yeah, my dad.

- Come on.

I swear I haven't known you that long.

You could be a narc for all I know.

Didn't want to get busted

by the new kid.


You're serious?


Hey, Brad,

you had the Celtics

last night, didn't you?

Hey, can I-- can I

get that to you on Friday?



Fine, but don't bring me

a bag of change this time.

- Thanks, Lisa.

- No sh*t.

- Told you.

- I hate Paul Pierce.

Do your parents do anything else

besides break people's legs?

Yeah, my mom's

an elementary school teacher

so it kind of balances stuff out.

What about you?

Well, my dad's not around.

My mom is working

on her real estate license.

Cool. So where

do you guys live then?

- With my grandma.

- Nice.

Yeah, it's great.


Voulez-vous coucher

avec moi ce soir?

Yeah, we got like

Looks like I'm getting laid 3 times.

- You're such a virgin, Mark.

- Idiot.

So what up? Yo, where's your

crew shirt, man? It's a practice day.

Yeah, I kinda--

kinda quit.

What? When? You moved here

- You bastard.

- What can I say? It sucked.

Damn, man.

Now I'm all alone again.

Everyone else on the team

is an arrogant prick.

I know. That's one

of the many reasons that I left.

Well, cherish your freedom,

you dick.

I'd probably walk too

if it weren't for my dad,

- but what are you gonna do?

- (chuckles)

- You working tonight?

- Yup.

- Cool. Me too. See you guys later.

- Bye.

- Later.

- I don't blame you for quitting.

You know, I just never understood

the excitement of rowing a boat.


See you.


- Hi. Here to see Mr. Armstrong.

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Dan Hannon

Dan Hannon is a producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter, and musician. He co-produced the album Cope, released April 1, 2014, with artist Manchester Orchestra. He produced the Simple Math LP, which was released May 10, 2011, for Manchester Orchestra. In 2008, he was enlisted to co-produce their second release, Mean Everything To Nothing, with eight-time Grammy Award Winner Joe Chiccarelli, resulting in the Top 10 rock hit "I've Got Friends".Hannon produced, recorded, mixed, and co-wrote "Anything Worth Saying" by Aaron Shust, which became the number one Christian record of the year in 2006 and was nominated for six Dove Awards, winning three. The song "My Savior, My God" is Billboard's No. 2 Christian/Gospel Song of the Decade of the 2000s. Hannon was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop Contemporary Album of the year in 2007 for Aaron's second release, Whispered and Shouted. more…

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