Wrong Turn (2003) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Wrong Turn (2003) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2003
  • Genre:  Bumpkin & Redneck
  • Cast and crew: Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Zegers, Lindy Booth, Julian Richings, Garry Robbins, Ted Clark, Yvonne Gaudry, Joel Harris, David Huband, Wayne Robson, James Downing
  • Director:  Rob Schmidt
  • Screenwriter:  Alan B. McElroy

Wrong Turn (2003) Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 5 / 10;
  • Ronan = 5.5 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.1 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.0 / 10;

Wrong Turn (2003) Synopsis:

Following a car accident, a group of six people finds themselves trapped in a very remote part of West Virginia, a resident of a nasty group of inbred locals.

Wrong Turn (2003) Review:

Largely inspired by Wes Craven’s Hills Have Eyes (the original, the remake wasn’t out yet), the Wrong Turn is a very classic redneck horror and a movie similar to Craven’s masterpiece in many aspects. It also takes inspiration from 1972’s first redneck horror Deliverance, a reference that they clearly don’t hide since they even cite it in the movie.

The story of the Wrong Turn is a classic one, without any surprise: people car break down, they find themselves stuck in a remote place with no phone, they encounter hostile locals, etc. This makes the scenario very predictable, but that is a feature common to most slashers anyway. Instead, the focus of these movies is the action and the villains, so let’s look at these.

The action is actually pretty good. Kills happening at intervals regular enough to keep the level of entertainment, and are pretty credible despite all the victims’ stupid behavior. Now for the villains, I found myself a bit reserved: the group of inbreeds are pretty cool, but they lack background. Again, they are really similar to the ones in Hills Have Eyes, but in contrast to the latest, there is no information given about them or their history. They just appear and start killing everyone and that is just a bit too light for making the Wrong Turn a good movie.

The end is at the image of the movie, very basic and surprise-less, but it concludes the movie as it started, in a cheap but entertaining way. It also lets you understand that there will be a sequel, something that proved to be true since there will be at least 5 other Wrong Turn movies released afterward (at the time of the review).

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