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Wrong Turn

A movie directed by Rob Schmidt

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Decent for what it is; but grossly uninvolving.

  • Dec 24, 2011
** 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, and it has its moments, but overall, I just didn't find it to be as entertaining as I would have liked. Those who enjoy slasher films with just a touch of satire thrown in will have a blast; but those, like me, who can't stand formulaic films - for the most part -, will be bored for most of the time. This is a shame, because there was a part of me that really wanted to like the flick; it was recommended to me by a good friend of mine, and I respect those who enjoyed it. But for me, it rang almost completely hollow.

I don't feel like naming the characters - because they're practically lacking in identity - and I feel as if more time went into the setting and villains, so I shall only describe those in considerable detail. The set-up for the film is that four young men and women (two per sex) are stranded in the Wes Virginia woods and happen upon a family of violent, inbred cannibals. We learn through newspaper clippings which show up in the opening credits that the area is known for such people being its only likely inhabitants.

Perhaps Schmidt's greatest achievement, with this film, is his keen eye for locations. The film is well-filmed in an interesting area; I assume that the filmmaker - who made his debut with this film - spent some good time in the woods to do proper research for this film; but what he didn't do was take into consideration what makes good horror-satire so effective. His film never makes a solid attempt at crossing the line between genuine, serious horror and wicked humor. In short, it's uninteresting because it doesn't take risks; and for me, it just lacked imagination.

However, if you're a gore-hound; this one is most definitely for you. The gore effects here are actually pretty impressive for the most part; in some instances, such as when a police officer gets an arrow to the face, the gore almost looks like the creation of CG effects; and if this is the case, then I can't say I admired much about the scene. I am not inspired by gore if it's made by computers; that is why I enjoy classic gore pictures such as "Zombi 2" and "The Beyond". The blood-and-gore effects are man-made.

One thing that I liked about the film was the fact that, unlike so many slasher pictures, not all the characters are stupid. A lot of them are - to the point where they're even annoying - but most of the truly "bad" characters are killed off early and therefore we don't have to trudge through their collective muck. The characters that are actually somewhat well-fleshed-out are also well-portrayed; the acting is rock solid, especially for a slasher film, and there's even a small sense of devotion from both ends of the camera. Yes, the movie doesn't work, and I was never involved, but for a movie of its (sub) genre, it isn't all that bad.

Otherwise, you've got yourself a decent little cannibal-vs.-man flick. I was entertained - but not for long periods of time - and I was also intrigued - just not too much. "Wrong Turn" is without a doubt better than a lot of the films similar to it; but also kind of worse than a few. I can't compare it to "Deliverance" because that's just unfair; but let's just say if you found that film lacking in depth or admiration for human nature, then you'll truly detest this one.

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January 03, 2012
This will always go down as a classic for me all beause of one scene in particular, still great review and very well written.
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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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