Director: Mike P Nelson
Written: Alan McElroy
Starring: Charlotte Vega, Matthew Modine, Adain Bradley
Our rating: ☆☆☆
Signature Entertainment presents Wrong Turn (2021) UK Home Premiere on Digital Platforms 26th February and Blu-Ray & DVD 3rd May
A Series Reboot
Wrong Turn 2003 is one of the franchises similar to that of Final Destination, wherein amongst the schlocky horror is where its charm lies. So upon hearing of a series reboot, I was eager to watch, especially given the front cover. Anyone who knows me knows that forest gods/ demon iconography is immensely my bag.
Wrong Turn is not a sequel/ prequel of the films that came before but a complete reboot. Moving the series away from ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ style killers to a cat and mouse game with a different kind of enemy.
What is it about?
Setting out on a hike of the Appalachian trail, Jen and her group of friends soon run into some trouble. Whilst the premise of predator vs prey is still prevailing. It unfolds in a way that is both brutal and shocking in its deliver. Amongst the visceral gore, there is plenty of twist and turns.
Wrong Turn is concerned with being the cult horror camp. Whilst it’s pacing is a little stop and go, the horrors on screen pack a punch. The plot does not immediately reveal itself and it’s thrilling to just flow along with it. Wrong Turn won’t have you hiding behind the sofa, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Alone and scared
Jen and her group of friends are strange on this land and are certainly treated as such. They approach everything with a certain level of entitlement which is stripped from the quickly. They’re completed out of their depth and vulnerable in the woods. What Wrong Turn does well is set up, albeit a misdirection, an idea of who the people we meet are, from the young central hipsters, the small-town locals, Jen’s dad and of course- the foundation.
The misdirection in the film hits like a punch to the gut. I don’t want to give too much away, going into Wrong Turn with as little knowledge as possible makes for a better experience. Everything you think is happening is somewhat turned on its head and audiences are kept on the back foot. The line of good vs evil is immensely blurred.
Bloody and Visceral
The finale comes and it doesn’t feel like a sign of relief. Humanizing all the characters, with limited character development means the film’s message is a little muddled. However, it does fit with the relentless nature of the film’s violence. Whilst not particularly groundbreaking Wrong Turn is bloody, visceral and a good Friday night watch.
Also if you are a fan of Wrong Turn or the imagery within the film we can heartily recommend reading the Wendigo Woods series from Afterlight comics! You can check out the review we did of issue 1 here.
Signature Entertainment presents Wrong Turn (2021) UK Home Premiere on Digital Platforms 26th February and Blu-Ray & DVD 3rd March
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