Wrong Turn (2003) Review
“Get Lost In These Woods and You’re Dead Meat.”
Synopsis: Chris and a group of five friends are left stranded deep in the middle of the woods after their cars collide. As they venture deeper into the woods, they face an uncertain and bloodcurdling fate.
Ludwig von Stroodle:
Do you want to watch mutant cannibals with minimal backstory hunting people in the woods? If that’s all you’re looking for, Wrong Turn delivers.
Wrong Turn is a competently made, by-the-numbers horror flick that doesn’t do anything particularly exciting or new. The cannibals don’t really talk and their only exposition is a montage of news clippings during the credits. The victims are mostly a step up from the usual generic tropes and are likable enough, but again, not all that interesting.
The movie doesn’t pad the kill count with throwaway characters, but the filmmakers do a good job of moving things along and it never feels slow. There’s a few intense scenes and a bit of gore, but overall, it’s a little too predictable and the camera cuts away a little too often. Some of the more memorable scenes were lifted right from classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but they felt like a sincere homage rather than a rip-off.
As a bonus, they were very aware that they had some serious eye-candy with Eliza Dushku and Emmanuelle Chriqui, which they made the most of with sports bras and tight pants.
Wrong Turn is perfectly passable. There isn’t much to complain about, but not much to get excited over either.
Ludwig von Stroodle’s Rating: B-