Sunday, October 18, 2015

31 Days of Horror- Day 18: Wrong Turn (2003)

(Rob Schmidt)

20th Century Fox
* First time viewing

A group of attractive young adults get stranded in the backwoods of West Virginia and are hunted down by cannibal inbred fucks.

Here we are with another supposed “classic” from the early 2000s that I’ve been told I’ve been missing out on… despite the fact that I’ve seen one of the direct to DVD sequels I can barely remember. Wrong Turn fared a lot better than The Grudge in my eyes. It’s full of clich├ęs and clearly tries to be The Hills Have Eyes set in a forest, and yet it’s a pretty good time with a couple really strong set pieces (the attack in the trees is really good). Eliza Dushku and Jeremy Sisto are fun to watch as always, and the rest of the cast forms a great set of ‘where are they now’ performances. Wrong Turn doesn’t offer much that we haven’t seen before, but it’s a successful throwback to 80s horror because it doesn’t try to beat you over the head with that fact.

 I’m quite a fan of the evil backwoods hillbilly subgenre of horror, because they mostly manage to successfully blend fact with urban legend.  The inbred cannibals, designed by Stan Winston Studios, are cartoonishly sinister, which makes the film to fun to watch, but they don’t create as harrowing an experience as they could have. If there is a modern franchise that could use a reboot and made into realist survival horror, Wrong Turn is it.  Y’know, unless those direct to video sequels are still doing it for you.


Scare Factor 1/5 Wrong Turn is entertaining but trivial horror. It’s worth a watch to laugh over with friends, but there’s not much there otherwise.

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