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2020 / 80m -
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An Italian/German co-production with a British cast (so it has broader international appeal) and a horror/fantasy vibe. It's a pretty typical Italian thing to do, sadly these projects rarely deliver. There certainly is enough potential here, but when it comes down to the details, Shortcut falters.

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Five kids are on a school bus when the driver has to take a little detour because trees are blocking the road. A little further down the road a dead animal forces them to stop again. This time, the driver is overpowered by a serial killer on the loose. When the bus stops in a dimly lit tunnel for a third time, they have no idea what's waiting for them in the dark.

The cinematography is cool, the score is moody, and director Liguori's decision to go full-in on the atmosphere is one I wholeheartedly support. It's just that the film is a bit loud and messy, with makes it hard to build up tension, and the monster really looks pretty ridiculous. Other than that, I liked this quite a bit.