Now available On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD is the horror film, Wrong Turn.
Some people might be familiar with the film by the same name, as well as other movies in the series (Wrong Turn 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6). Yes… it’s hard to believe that there are six movies in the franchise. Sadly, they should have stopped after the first one. I really enjoyed the original Wrong Turn film, but the other movies in the franchise just got more stupid and less entertaining with each additional film.
When I learned there was a new Wrong Turn film being released this year, I thought “oh no, not ANOTHER Wrong Turn” movie. Even so, I was intrigued.
Wrong Turn (2021) might be a part of the same franchise, but make not mistake, this is not a sequel, or even a remake. This is an entirely different film that happens to share the same name as the other films.
Sadly, I can only provide you with my thoughts about this film for the first half of the film. I receive a screener link to watch the film online. I was only able to watch half of it. I had planned on watching the remainder of the film this morning before work, but the link had expired. I’m sad that I don’t know how the movie turns out, or how it ends.
This film stars actors I have never heard of before, with the exception of Matthew Modine. I was very surprised to see him pop up in a horror movie. Matthew Modine’s character is the father of one of the young adults in this film. His daughter was traveling with friends, but stopped reaching out to him or replying to his messages. That is not like her, so he knew something was a miss.
A group of twenty-something year olds end up in a small town. Their plan is to hike the Appalachian Trail. That sounds innocent enough.
The three couples go out the night before their hike, and end up making some of the local angry with them – even going so far as to throw a bottle at a man they cross paths with on the street and trying to provoke him. This was their first mistake.
The morning of their hike, the couples prepare for a regular hike, that is until one of them convinces them to veer off the trail to go see a little known historical location. This was their second big mistake.
The couples think they are on an ordinary hike, that is until a giant log mysteriously rolls down the hill towards them, crushing and killing one of them. Instead of going back towards where they came from, they end up going in a different direction, getting further and further into the woods.
It doesn’t take them long to realize that they are in big danger, and that they are not the only ones in the woods. Their suspicions prove to be correct when men dressed in deer skulls and animal skins come after them.
Who are these people? What do they want with them? Whey are they dressed so strangely? To find out, you need to rent or purchase Wrong Turn (2021 – make sure it’s the correct version). Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.
I’m upset that I couldn’t see how the film ended, and if Matthew Modine’s character was ever able to find out what happened to his daughter. Now I am going to have to rent it this weekend (or next weekend), just so I can find out what happened.
I don’t want to giveaway any spoilers. I will say that this is NOT the same film as the original Wrong Turn. In the original film, the mountain men were cannibals (and insane!). In this film, the people in the mountain are nothing like that. In fact, they are mostly “normal” human beings. Without giving out too much, think “cult.”
I have seen others liken this film to Midsommar That was a really weird movie. Perhaps it’s like that (I don’t know, I didn’t see the last hour of the film). Perhaps.
Based on what I did see, this film was pretty good. I was happy to see that it was different than the other Wrong Turn films (in a good way – but nothing beats the original film).
There are some gruesome deaths in this film, as would be expected. If stuff like that makes you queasy, you have been forwarned.
The lesson with this film is to respect others, even if they are from a different culture or background. And never, ever venture off the main trail when you go hiking.
The film is rated “R” for strong bloody violence, grisly images and foul language. It has a run time of 109 minutes.
The film is released by Saban Films.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener link in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.