Sommerleigh Pollonais, Horror Head Writer
Warning: Mild spoilers ahead.
Plot: Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by “The Foundation”, a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.
Review: Never has a movie been more aptly titled than this remake of the surprise hit that launched its own horror franchise, Wrong Turn (2003). There was potential here, there really was, but with the exception of a couple of changes I liked, this movie takes a (say it with me) wrong turn, or more like ten of them, and gets completely lost in the woods.
So here’s what I liked. The movie looks good. It’s well shot and the visuals and colour shading suit the tone of the movie well. There’s also a change to the villains here that I didn’t expect. I thought this was just going to be a straight-up rehash of the original movie. Instead, the terror hidden in these mountains are less inbred cannibals and more ordinary people who have chosen to live in the woods. They have their own society with their own ideas of justice, so when a bunch of entitled millennials go off trail (after they were told not to, we all know how this goes) things go downhill fast and they find themselves getting picked off one by one.
The movie also tries to have a message (not sure why, but it’s there) about judging people just because they don’t look or live like you do. It worked for me, even though I really didn’t need it, and I give them points for trying to add some depth to the proceedings.
That said, the original Wrong Turn and its less entertaining sequels have always been nothing more than fun slasher flicks because that’s all we needed. I don’t want a message about acceptance or need a bunch of multi-cultural diversity (that feels super forced by the way) shoved at me. I just want to see stupid people get killed in over-the-top ways. Yes, most of them were unlikeable and I wanted to see them suffer, but they weren’t FUN. Everyone here is acting like they think this movie is Academy-Award worthy or something. It takes itself way too seriously and might I add, the runtime was too damn long! This movie should’ve ended at the 80-minute mark but overstays its welcome by an additional thirty minutes. It was like Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, but like, not good. Hell, the final action sequence continues into the damn credits. Just call it quits already!
As a true fan of the original Wrong Turn movie, I say points for trying, but hard pass on this remake/reboot/rubbish. Zero suspense, zero likeability for most of the characters (I’ll give Jen played by Charlotte Vega a pass) and it takes itself way too seriously to be considered an enjoyable slasher. May I suggest next time, stop and ask for directions?
Sommer’s Score: 4.5 out of 10
For more of my thoughts on Wrong Turn you can check out my video review below:
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