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Written by Chris Mayo   
Sunday, 05 April 2009

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Directed by: Edward Anderson
Written by: Edward Anderson
Produced by: Mark Donadio, Allan JonesTodd Lemley, Michael A. Pierce, Mark Williams
Cinematography by: Michael Fimognari
Editing by: William Yeh
Music by: Henning Lohner
Special Effects by: William 'Billy Jack' Jakielaszek
Cast: Tony Curran, Peyton List, Cameron Goodman, Cullen Douglas, Dave Power, James Snyder
Year: 2008
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 107 Minutes

Video: NTSC R1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0
Distributor: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Studio: Magnet Releasing
Official Website: http://shuttle-themovie.com/

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Traveling isn’t safe anymore -- horror films certainly claim so anyway.  Eli Roth’s Hostel made it certain that you can’t travel around Europe, staying at hostels without succumbing to some horrific demise.  The 2006 film Turistas made you think twice about traveling to Brazil, proving you’re nothing more than a vessel for harvesting organs on the black market.  Then Shuttle comes along to completely throw a wrench in your travel plans.  Shuttle demonstrates that you can’t even return home, safe from danger.

Melanie (Peyton List), a deaf education teacher, and her gal-pal Jules (Cameron Goodman) return home from a recent trip to Mexico.  When Melanie’s bag doesn’t turn up at the airport’s baggage claim they find themselves stranded.  The two meet a couple of guys, Matt (Dave Power) and Seth (James Snyder) and decide to split a shuttle bus home -- the Driver (Tony Curran) is nice enough to give them a half price discount.  Already aboard the shuttle is Andy (Cullen Douglas), a reserved businessman.  The four of them board the bus and they’re on their way.

Things take a turn for the worse when the driver chooses a route in a hardened part of town.  A speeding car tries to run the bus off the road and causes the shuttle to get a flat tire.  The kindly but suspicious driver gives the group the options to call dispatch for another shuttle or to just change the tire.  Matt volunteers to help change the flat with the driver, which results in the jack slipping, causing the bus to come crashing down on his fingers, severing them all off.  The driver gets Matt back onboard, and claims to be finding a hospital, but when the hospital never comes, the group’s suspicions are proven when the driver pulls a knife and a gun on the group.  What has begun like any other ride home turns into a night that none of them will ever forget.  That is of course if they make it off the shuttle alive…

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The entire cast of Shuttle turns out first-rate performances.  What specifically makes these actors shine is what’s written for them.  They aren’t dopes.  In a slew of horror films you usually manage to find yourself wondering why none of the characters try to save themselves or escape.  Well in Shuttle they all attempt to get away to varying degrees of (un)successfulness.  This is what makes the film great, and as the plot gradually unfolds, you’re continually sucked in as it keeps you craving for more. The scene where Melanie is given a shopping list of items will have you scratching your head, but when the motivation behind this is revealed, it’s truly rewarding.

Shuttle is an example of an absolutely original horror film.  First time director, Edward Anderson, showcases his talents as both a writer and director magnificently.  This film is absolutely flawless.  I honestly could not find one detracting factor in this film, and this coming from a psychological horror/thriller devoid of nudity, with very little blood/gore.  From beginning to end it keeps you guessing, right down to the incredible and unforeseen conclusion.  Shuttle is an absolutely refreshing piece of horror cinema.

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SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL:

- Behind the Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Casting Sessions
- Trailers

Magnet Releasing and Magnolia Home Entertainment presents Shuttle with a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer which looks stellar.  The audio is presented Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0, the 5.1 track being the natural choice.  The extras include an extremely short 5-minute “Behind the Scenes” segment, which fans of the film will be disappointed with, due to its meager runtime.  Next there is a 5-minute “Deleted Scenes” section containing three scenes.  “Casting Sessions” is a 24-minute supplement where the main characters all read from the script individually.  There is also a trailer for Shuttle, as well as trailers for Mutant Chronicles, Splinter and Donkey Punch.

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Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

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Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

Shuttle - click to enlarge image - www.Severed-Cinema.com

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