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Wrong Turn

A movie directed by Rob Schmidt

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Wrong Turn 2003

  • May 19, 2004
Pros: Eliza Dushku

Cons: ..

The Bottom Line: This one will keep you awake while you're watching it

More hot babes, psycho killers and bad choices. Life goes on. First we find our hot hunk doctor-wanna-be, stuck in traffic and needing in the worst way to get to Raleigh, I assume N.C., for an interview. Got your choices, wait in the traffic jam and be late or follow some unpaved, dirt road, through the mountains and hope you find a hook-up to the highway somewhere up ahead. Of course if the hunk woulda stayed in the traffic jam, we would have zero for a story line, so it’s off to Bear Mountain Road, and destiny.

Lost and alone in the woods would offer no fun at all if you are a hot hunk, you need a little female action to spice things up. This leads to one of my pet peeves in the world, people driving and not paying attention to what the hell they are doing. Yakking on cell phones, cramming bad fast food in their jaws, reading friggin newspapers, fiddling with CD players. Park it or drive it, don’t try multi-tasking in a vehicle. Leave multi-tasking to the boardroom. Hot hunk rounds a corner, doing everything but paying attention to driving, and ...... B-A-N-G ...... we meet the hot babes.

Not that it is limited to hot babes, you understand. There are dudes there as well. Lost souls wandering around in the woods. How the hell did they end up there anyway? Seriously, it’s umpteen million miles from civilization. Wrong turn? Hello? Deliverance. Uh huh, you know what I mean.

Fortunately for them the doc shows up because prior to that there was an uneven number of people in the other party. One babe without a dude, now she has a dude, and a doc no less. Her mother would be so proud. But I wander from the story ....

So anyway, they decide, since now both vehicles are totally wrecked, to hike through the woods to some semblance of civilization and salvation. Guess they never read the newspapers before they started their trek or they would know about the nasty folks inhabiting these woods. Poor misshapen creatures that feed on their prey, have only one branch on their family tree - if ya get my drift. In other words, their mother and their father is the same person, kinda.

Whatever. This is an action packed movie, I’ll give it that. It’s also a very gory movie and one that just might make the squeamish blow chunks in a few spots. You can tell these are city folk, who else would climb a fire watch tower in the middle of the woods and think it would be safe from the bad guys? Seriously, what can you do 400' in the air to get away? Jump out the window? Ooooppppssss ...... almost gave that one away.

I don’t know, in a weird, sick kinda way I enjoyed this one. Certainly a lot more than that abysmal Detour. And just for a minute I almost felt sorry for these dimwits until I realized they brought it on themselves. Can’t blame the cannibals in the woods, they are just looking for food.

Filming for such a flick wasn’t all that bad. Some really neat camera shots, and some unusual angles made it kinda fun. The acting wasn’t much but we aren’t going for Academy work here kids. It’s gory, it’s nasty, lots of violence and blood, definitely deserves its R rating.

Directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan McElroy. The DVD extras include audio commentary by Schmidt, and two stars Desmond Harrington & Eliza Dushku. Deleted scenes and four featurettes: Making of Wrong Turn, Eliza Dushku: Babe in the Woods, Stan Winston, and Fresh Meat: The wounds of Wrong Turn. I didn’t do any of the extras, I’d had just about enough blood and gore for one weekend considering this was my 5th movie in that genre.

Now I wish I woulda went for that Eliza Dushku one, my loss. Damn.

Rates a 2 on the suck-o-meter, which is good, since it isn't a minus rating.



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review by . December 24, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****    As a film that includes cannibalistic hillbilly psychopaths as one of its major pleasures, "Wrong Turn" is one of those many movies that just-plain reminds you of "Deliverance" from the minute it starts to the minute it ends. I'd even say it's a knock-off of "Deliverance" all-together; but at that, it's a self-aware "Deliverance" knock-off, and we don't get many of those.    Director Rob Schmidt tries his best to make the film interesting, …
review by . November 28, 2008
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Chris Finn is late for an appointment and stops at a gas station to use the phone (doesn't work) and checks out a map that shows a dirt road that leads around the large traffic jam blocking the only highway to his destination. Taking this backwoods shortcut, a short way up the road he literally runs into another vehicle in the middle of the road. Two couples and the requisite single female are stranded there when their car ran over a strand of barbed wire seemingly placed in the road on purpose. …
review by . January 16, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Scarry, suspencful and not cheesy! Yes, horror movies are still watchable. I rented it because im an Eliza Dushku fan, and I wasn't even sure what this movei was about, but it turned out I lovded it!  It was quite scarry, and I rarely get scared. The part where the kids are hiding under the bed in the kilers house, while they drag in their dead friend and prepare her for dinner is unbelievable......I had to pause the movie, to catch my breath.  Great stunts, and good acting from …
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Starring Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto
Directed by Rob Schmidt
Writer:  Alan B. McElroy

Product Description
An indescribable nightmare begins when a group of young friends is stranded on an isolated road deep in the Appalachian hills of West Virginia, with no hope of rescue. Desperate and fearing for their lives, the horror surges as they find themselves relentlessly pursued by a force of evil beyond their imagination! Featuring a hip ensemble of up-and-coming young stars, this blood-curdling epic is a shock-a-minute horror rush that will leave you screaming for more!

Cast Members

Desmond Harrington as Chris Flynn
Eliza Dushku as Jessie Burlingame
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Carly
Jeremy Sisto as Scott
Lindy Booth as Francine
Kevin Zegers as Evan
Julian Richings as Three Finger
Gary Robbins as Saw–Tooth / Himself
Tyler Garling as One–Eye
Wayne Robson as Old Man
Yvonne Gaudry as Halley Smith
Joel Harris as Richard "Rich" Stoker
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Director: Rob Schmidt
Genre: Horror
Release Date: May 30, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Alan B. McElroy
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
Runtime: 1hr 24min
Studio: Summit Entertainment, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
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