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Wrong Turn
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by EricDSnider

"Um, you didn't THINK this would be any good, did you?"
2 stars

The characters in "Wrong Turn" acknowledge the superficial resemblance between their plight and that of the characters in "Deliverance," but they remain silent on the much richer similarities to films like "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "The Hills Have Eyes" and even the recent "House of 1000 Corpses." Unlike post-modern horror-film characters who have seen slasher movies and know how to behave, these people have only selective awareness of their pop-cultural forebears, making this a throwback to the unironic, pre-"Scream" era.

Speaking of irony, I am pleased to have just spent a lengthy paragraph discussing the evolutionary precursors to a movie about inbred cannibals who kill teens.

True to its roots, the film's prologue delivers two hapless characters up to the unseen monsters. Thereafter, we meet six additional teens whose cars are incapacitated on a country road in West Virginia. The randy couple (Lindy Booth and Kevin Zegers), needless to say, will be the first casualties. Then it's a crapshoot: We're left with the in-love-but-chaste couple of Scott (Jeremy Sisto) and Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), the brassy Jessie (Eliza Dushku), and the outsider Chris (Desmond Harrington). Chris is likeable in a dour way, and if you have enjoyed Eliza Dushku in anything, you will enjoy her in this, for she plays the same character she always plays.

The villains are West Virginia hillbillies, deformed and retarded through decades of inbreeding, who routinely attack and cannibalize passing motorists. The people of West Virginia are opposed to the movie on the premise that not all West Virginians are like this, though if you have ever been to the state, you realize that argument is shaky at best. Why, I thought this was a documentary at first.

But I kid the West Virginians! Director Rob Schmidt ("Crime and Punishment in Suburbia") knows enough about the genre not to show us the bad guys too much, nor to humanize them in any way. Further, the perfunctory script by Alan B. McElroy ("Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever"), while by no means clever or original, has this going for it: The characters don?t do anything egregiously stupid or nonsensical -- nor, curiously, does anyone ever say the word "cannibal." The film gets that we get it, and doesn't beat us over the head with it.

Some of the characters are irritating, though, and when there are only six, "some" is too many. Scott is unhumorously wry in speech, and his girlfriend Carly's major function seems to be sobbing a lot and saying, "I can't go on!" Fine, I say. Leave her.

Like most slasher films, "Wrong Turn" is not especially scary, though it does achieve a few moments of mild suspense. Contrary to its designs, it is often very funny in an eerie, bad-movie kind of waay. Rednecks moving nimbly through the treetops is the sort of image that will stick with you for a long time.

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originally posted: 07/07/03 12:22:57
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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell tense & grisly 3 stars
7/20/12 Sean Harrison Putrid attempt at horror. 1 stars
10/17/10 AlecM boooringgggg, watch the films it imitates instead. (TCM, deliverance, hills have eyes) 2 stars
2/05/10 brian Pathetic, insulting, cliched to the max, ignorant, ugly, hateful movie. 1 stars
7/27/08 Shelli Thought is was well done...enjoyed it a lot 4 stars
5/02/08 d satrana not that bad! if you're really bored n want to watch a movie.. this serves the purpose 4 stars
4/27/08 art IT SURE WAS A WRONG TURN 1 stars
7/24/07 taro characers are so unlikable, I wanted them to die. 1 stars
2/16/07 Ruby Saw it in a bar- was a captive audience wish i had that time back. 1 stars
12/05/06 Shamine Wright it a very cool movie 5 stars
12/02/06 David Pollastrini good gore. 5 stars
11/02/06 Hauzy might have been a wrong turn, but everything about this movie was right 5 stars
10/29/06 AJ Muller a solid slasher flick that totally earns its right to exist 3 stars
10/23/06 Seth Gunari ya way better than jeepers creepers 5 stars
10/18/06 katie trotman the best film in the world go to see so goood 5 stars
9/08/06 Sully I'd like to eat Dushku...does that make me an inbred W. Virg. cannibal....? 5 stars
7/30/06 Agent Sands Did what Cabin Fever didn't do right, but still didn't do it that well. 3 stars
7/29/06 Shaun Wallner this was pretty good 4 stars
6/27/06 Evil Wolfie Horrible and a waste of time 1 stars
6/24/06 MP Bartley Tick off the cliches one by one people... 2 stars
6/15/06 Michele fun and a little creepy 4 stars
6/07/06 Lisa Trees and nasty weapons don't mix!!! 5 stars
5/15/06 Amanda It scared the crap out of me. And I'm from Kentucky! ha ha 4 stars
4/11/06 Simon-ann Poombuh Totally vivacious! te critics who belittled this film are absolutely retarded. If you all 4 stars
1/18/06 Rachel Blevins One of the best movies ever !!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/22/05 Booby The sequel is going to be Called Wrong Turn Back 5 stars
10/26/05 chris not bad and not good either 3 stars
9/25/05 Priscilla Postlethwaite I sure hope John Denver went to a different part of Heaven than this almost is! 4 stars
8/24/05 Eden It's watchable but you've seen it a million times before 2 stars
7/29/05 mzukisi dwenene can you tell me about that three men in the forest eat human called cannibals 3 stars
4/25/05 E-FUNK If you enjoy cannibal-mutant-muppets grab-assing WB rejects, grab a spoon! 1 stars
12/05/04 K. Sear Ridiculous, commerical attempt to modernize "The Hills Have Eyes". 1 stars
12/04/04 Jawil Osbam Grrrrr! My luck would be to end up in the part of Heaven that this almost is. 4 stars
10/14/04 Don Eckert Good Effort with a quick pace. Not a classic but not bad either. 4 stars
9/01/04 Josh Standlee It rocks, and even thoug it makes me think of my ex-girlfriend, I still love it! 5 stars
8/23/04 American Slasher Goddess Nice, stylish horror flick with some good gore 4 stars
8/20/04 McGraw Instantly forgotten P.O.S horror schlock. LAME-ASS. 1 stars
7/03/04 True Review i thought this movie would suck like Cabin Fever but its way better, an entertaining horror 4 stars
6/23/04 Grady Davis It made no indication as to if the rednecks were monster, though they don't seem to die. 3 stars
6/03/04 i'm the director of the film what, oh WHAT was I thinking! Someone kill me for making such stupid, repetitive trash. 1 stars
5/23/04 Blakers a great film 5 stars
4/20/04 D77Spoony Intense! Ignore the critics until you've seen it! 5 stars
4/16/04 Michael Greenwaldt An excellent, intense, ride! One of the best horror films of its kind in awhile! 5 stars
4/15/04 Chawna M Movie was great....really scary...worth the watch!! 5 stars
4/10/04 valerie hart a great horror movie by far the best one this year!!! 5 stars
3/29/04 American Slasher Goddess Very well done,much better then the Chainsaw remake. 4 stars
3/20/04 Kayla nice nice movie.. desmond harrington is pretty hot.. id say!! 5 stars
3/18/04 Nancy Loved the movie; the 3 guys gave me nightmares. I'll drive down a dirt road alone again! 4 stars
3/16/04 Eliza Dushka I loved Making that movie, My Cousin had to dress up as one of the Canniballs. I laughed! 5 stars
3/08/04 Frank Miller Kicks ass and takes names... 5 stars
3/07/04 Zach G. A FUN movie. The cannibals were done by the same guy from Jurassic Park! 5 stars
3/01/04 Michael Stjames There are obviously a lot of stupid people out there that think they are credible critics. 5 stars
2/23/04 Naturezrevenge 1 star less than "sucks". Review above acurate. Enjoy watching screamy girls killed. Joy. 2 stars
2/21/04 LIAM JACKSON the character of 'three-finger' scared the shite out of me.such a loon. 5 stars
2/12/04 Kai Silly me, I actually thought that this movie might be decent. 1 stars
2/04/04 LIAM JACKSON good film. this is one reason why i never visit the south 4 stars
2/02/04 ghost nothing special 3 stars
12/30/03 re A GREAT FILM 5 stars
12/26/03 Sara Really Good!!! 5 stars
12/22/03 jeremiah martin I loved it was so awsome 5 stars
12/12/03 Chris A great horror movie! 4 stars
12/12/03 Karie I loved it!!! 5 stars
12/11/03 The killer Someone convinced me this was a true story, luckily later i found out it wasn't 5 stars
12/11/03 Leather_FAce Kicks ass! 5 stars
12/11/03 Captain Spaulding awesome backwoods splatter flick!! 5 stars
12/11/03 Charlie and the Chocolate FActory Great movie! 5 stars
12/09/03 tim great! 5 stars
12/09/03 re A GREAT FILM 5 stars
12/08/03 Samuel One of the best horror films this Decade!! 5 stars
12/01/03 matt much better than texas chainsaw remake! 3 stars
11/22/03 Sharon i liked it..much better than that shit house of 1000 corpses 5 stars
11/17/03 he a great film 5 stars
11/15/03 Alice Good acting,indeed no original story, but never boring!I liked it. 5 stars
10/31/03 cinkcool your girlfriend is fucking dumb just like you! 1 stars
10/24/03 NBCraftsman Best special effect: Elizas' glaring white un-stained tank top... 2 stars
10/24/03 Boris Mind-numbingly average 3 stars
10/23/03 Kae Wasn't that great, Eliza Dushku was cool though, but the movie was NOT! 2 stars
10/21/03 Albie Better than most cheezy slasher flix...What should anyone expect from one of these? 3 stars
10/16/03 Josh Standlee Loved it, so did my girlfriend! 5 stars
10/14/03 culprit64 who ever thought this movie was awesome needs some serious pyschological help... 2 stars
10/14/03 Redpajammas THIS MOVIE WAS GREAT!!!!! 5 stars
10/12/03 jITJIT sKEPHZUKKS Eliza Dushku finally shows talent, on eve of being stolen off bg scren by damned TV series! 4 stars
10/06/03 Samuel Justus Wrong Turn, House of 1000 Corpses, Cabin Fever, Cant wait for the Texas Chainsaw re-make!! 5 stars
10/06/03 Erik Van Sant Cannibal-mutant-muppets manage to be as scary as a Fraggle Rock episode. Unbelievably bad. 1 stars
9/24/03 Ingo Starts no so bad, but then it get's boring and badly acted. 2 stars
9/02/03 here THE BEST OF THE BEST 5 stars
8/24/03 stephen joyce it was awesome and would definitely watch it again 5 stars
8/17/03 h the best film 5 stars
8/15/03 The Velcro Warlock Taut thriller. But who the fuck are these Neanderthaloid villains? 4 stars
8/01/03 Dave M Whats wrong with you people ? A true classic. Keep givin good movies shit reviews as u do. 5 stars
7/30/03 aiken drum Obsenly stupid in parts, but its fun to watch them all die. 3 stars
7/30/03 nr GREAT I LOVED IT 5 stars
7/27/03 Collin You Want A Truly Scary Horror Movie Rent Wes Craven's New Nightmare Don't Wast Time On This 1 stars
7/25/03 Gary Fantastic 5 stars
7/17/03 Hottie great 5 stars
7/12/03 Joe GREAT 5 stars
7/10/03 nr GREAT I LOVED IT 5 stars
7/10/03 Gary A superb classic. 5 stars
7/08/03 Phil Of course this film isn't going to be anything we haven't seen before, but it's still great 5 stars
7/07/03 nr great i loved it 5 stars
7/07/03 Young critic Very poor movie. High cheese factor 1 stars
6/27/03 Giddy COOL 5 stars
6/26/03 john allen I respectfully disagree with your review. tense and well paced 5 stars
6/24/03 Chris It's awesome 5 stars
6/23/03 steve scary, suspenseful, but also a little too predictable 4 stars
6/21/03 Don Fast paced and suspenseful. Low budget and attitude make for a decent horror flick. 4 stars
6/20/03 tiffany the movie is awesome espicialy eliza who has the guts to show her real color! 5 stars
6/19/03 Jerry Stop insulting the film!!! 5 stars
6/18/03 Sauce Waste of time. It wasn't even scary. 1 stars
6/18/03 Chris GRREAT 5 stars
6/16/03 he great film scary 5 stars
6/15/03 caramel jenkins nice prrtty scary 5 stars
6/13/03 Jerry Really scary 5 stars
6/12/03 stud great film scary 5 stars
6/11/03 Jeff Tuttle Worth seeing. Semi-scary and humorous. 4 stars
6/10/03 Brannie Herez Brannie, This movie looks sooo bad that i wont even bother to pay for movie tickets. 1 stars
6/10/03 Hottie I thought this was a GREAT movie and the actors did great also! 5 stars
6/10/03 cheebs! Liked it so much the first time that I went again. :) 4 stars
6/09/03 Obi Wan Not too bad...movie knows what is it and doesn't try too hard 3 stars
6/08/03 Pam Rather a run-of-the-mill slasher film that reminded me of Jason Vorhees meets Deliverance. 3 stars
6/08/03 Kaylyn I saw the film last night and happened to like it very much. I suggest seeing it. 4 stars
6/08/03 Colin This Makes The Friday The 13th Series Look Like Shakesphere 1 stars
6/07/03 heeee great 5 stars
6/07/03 Mini-me ***** 5 stars
6/06/03 MEEE great 5 stars
6/06/03 .Choadushouse. The tree part was good. This is nothing like SCREAM. It's a decent horror movie... 3 stars
6/05/03 Horror films get lame Scream was an ok film, but its spawn is just awful. All these gore films look alike. 1 stars
6/05/03 Amy It was better than I expected. (I always keep my expectations low.) 3 stars
6/05/03 Erik Van Sant Cannibal-Mutant-Muppets aren't scary...Desmond Harrington's acting is. This movie blows. 1 stars
6/05/03 Hanky JESUS CHRIST!! Talk about a good film 5 stars
6/04/03 Nick Schneider If you're so tired of the horror genre, why keep going? 4 stars
6/03/03 Jack Bourbon Hee hee hee hee haw!!! Pretty amusing stuff. Great tree sequence. 4 stars
6/03/03 mee gre 5 stars
6/03/03 nik jesus christ on a vespa, did this blow! 1 stars
6/03/03 amazing scary 5 stars
5/31/03 Steven RIP-OFF of SO many better movies. Laughably bad and not the least bit terrifying. LAME 1 stars
5/31/03 Joseph Barale Better than Jeepers Creepers 5 stars
5/30/03 Worse Than You! WORST...MOVIE...EVER 1 stars
5/30/03 Meyeson It's like a dream come true episode of ROAD RULES, hooray for the cannibals! 4 stars
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