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Wrong Turn

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Jeff Nelson

Wrong Turn is a fun throwback to when horror was fun and not about jump scares.

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Most action flicks are just fun movies that audiences enjoy going to, even if they have absolutely no plot or character development. Horror does the same thing with some films. They are made simply to entertain audiences and aren't always written or directed to scare you. Instead, some are meant to clearly just give you a few laughs and cool gore FX. What's so wrong with a different genre other than action picking this entertainment route for a change?

Scott crashes into a carload of three other young people. The foursome is soon lost in the woods of West Virginia, where they're hunted by three cannibalistic mountain men who are terribly disfigured via generations of inbreeding. I don't need to tell you that this plot is ridiculous. It even sounds extremely close to the plot of The Hills Have Eyes. It has the same idea as that, but is a fun ride. The writing is terrible, but when watching a film like this nobody should be criticizing the dialogue too much. The ending is predictable, but it doesn't try to surprise the audience to begin with.

With mindless movies, you cannot expect an Oscar winning cast. Nevertheless, three of the actors in this give decent performances. Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, and Jeremy Sisto are only three of the six, but they make the movie. The other three actors aren't even worth mentioning. Desmond Harrington is right for the role and I hope to see him in more horror movies in the future. Eliza Dushku isn't an award winner by any means, but she's much better than most horror actresses these days. Jeremy Sisto has become well-known through TV shows and I've enjoyed him on screen for quite some time now. All three of these actors are entertaining on screen, but the same cannot be said for the rest of the cast.

The most important thing about this sub-genre is the creature FX on the inbreeds. The filmmakers definitely knew that and they look absolutely perfect. The make-up used is a lot better than any CGI could have looked. There are a few cool death scenes and the gore gags. I appreciate that this film didn't go the CGI route with the blood and did everything practically. As you can see in this flick, it makes everything appear much more realistic and not cartoonish.

From the synopsis alone, you'll know if this is for you or not. It's fun, entertaining, and great to watch with a group of friends. Don't expect a breakout in the horror genre or anything fresh. This is a 'you see what you get' type film. No surprises are pulled that change the movie. Wrong Turn is a fun throwback to when horror was fun and not about jump scares.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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