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Wrong Turn (2003)

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> Wrong Turn (2003)
> Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
> Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead (2009)
> Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)
Genres:
Cannibal Film, Horror, Slasher Film, Teen Horror
Director:
Rob Schmidt Rob Schmidt
Starring:
Desmond Harrington Desmond Harrington
Eliza Dushku Eliza Dushku
Emmanuelle Chriqui Emmanuelle Chriqui
Jeremy Sisto Jeremy Sisto
Kevin Zegers Kevin Zegers

6.1 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: March 06, 2004
Suprisingly good movie right here. Based on the plotline, I was expecting either a really lame execution or a made-for-teen screamer, but got neither. There were a few borderline-Scream moments, but nothing too bad for the true horror fan.

The storyline is pretty basic. A doctor is trying to get to some sort of job interview, or get to his job, or something... it's not really explained, and it's not really important. The main highway is closed off due to an accident, so he goes to this gas station to find a phone. 404 on the phone, but he sees a map with an alternate route, which he decides to ignore before going back to wait on the highway... right. So onto the alternate, unpaved road, where he's distracted by a decomposing deer on the side of the road and runs into some campers. On through the woods they go, when they come upon a house, and that's when the movie starts. Pretty basic, but hey, it worked.

The effects and gore were done marvelously. The inbreds... who really are inbred, that's not just a clever tagline... had quite the makeup jobs going, albeit a bit overdone. Their house was also well setup, although it seemed more than just a little similar to Leatherface's crib, but I digress. And the gore... sweet mary, it was nice. Quite the good number of kills were racked up, and each had a good deal of blood shown. We had one lady strangled with barbed / razor-wire, an arrow through a guys eye (which was incredibly realistic), an axe through the mouth, cutting the top of the head off, and a few suprises thrown in later on. All nicely done.

There was only one thing that needs to be griped about. If you prefer not to read a minor spoiler, skip the rest of this paragraph. Go on, skip over it. Settled? Good. So at one point in the movie, the happy campers find a 5,000 foot high watch-tower to hide out in, find a phone, wahlah. Inbreds find them, come up the ladder, campers are trapped... what to do!? Jump out the window, down to the trees below, and grab branches to hold onto. Now... I'm not saying that would be impossible to do... But X number of people doing it, right in a row, and all making it safely, that's just horse manure. But again, I digress.

Overall, I'd go with a 7 or 8/10... Yeah, 8/10 should about do it.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 10/11/2007, 05:59 PM
Nothing scarier than cannibal rednecks, eh? It worked for Herschel Gordon Lewis. More creative than most would think, with villains that were somewhat original, there are a few scenes in "Wrong Turn" that really work, and a few scenes that are just plain awful. I loved the sequence in the ranger's station and thought it was very well crafted. I don't like killing Kevin Zegers off so early because he's hot. I don't like Eliza Duskhu because the bitch can't act. Otherwise, "Wrong Turn" was not terrible. Simply above average. 7/10.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 10/11/2007, 06:04 PM
Screw Zegers, he's a bitch. Jeremy Sisto should have been the star of the fucker. I want that man to sit on my face. Anyway, I think this was one of the best modern horror movies I've seen in awhile. It's one huge adrenaline rush, and doesn't let up for one second, not even when the credits roll. Not the most original idea, but it certainly entertained the hell out of me. 9/10
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 10/11/2007, 06:10 PM
It entertained me also, but I didn't think it was anything special. I liked a lot of what was done, but disliked a lot of it too. Eliza Dushku is TERRIBLE. And the lead guy is almost as bad, if not worse. I also thought the ending was pretty lame, compared to the rest of the film. And I live in the South. I have been all over it. The Deep South. I have yet to encounter people who look as countrified as the people in this movie, like the old man at the gas station.
Tristan #4: Tristan - added 10/11/2007, 06:24 PM
I hated the path they took with him in the sequel. It didn't really make sense, as far as this movie goes. I think they just wanted to have another recurring character. And I'm sure there aren't people in Texas like the TCM family, but you just have to take the movie for what it is. And I'll agree completely that Eliza Dushku and the lead guy were horrible. Her first line in the whole movie made me laugh it was so terrible.
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