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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End


Jeff Nelson

...this film is absolutely not for the squeamish.

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
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The first Wrong Turn went through theaters without receiving much recognition or many people even knowing it ever existed. However, it did begin a fan base of these films, which always screams for a sequel. It's a shame that Wrong Turn 2: Dead End only received a straight to DVD release.

A group of reality show contestants find themselves fighting for their survival against a family of hideously deformed inbred cannibals who plan to slaughter each one of them. The plot alone has the word 'campy' written all over it. Well, that's exactly what it is. That shouldn't keep any fans of the genre at bay. From the moment this film begins, there's already a brutal murder and doesn't stop until the credits begin. The screenplay is an absolute mess all around. From the dialogue to how predictable the plot points are. Each one of the contestants on the reality show are the same cliché characters you'll find on any trash tv program. Needless to say, there's no character depth or development, but who watches a film about cannibals to find a character driven story?

As mentioned before, the characters are all run of the mill reality tv characters. You'll find the same tacky acting in this as you will in a reality show. Nonetheless, they're a fun group to follow and those who despise reality shows will enjoy them being quickly picked off one by one.

Now to move onto the whole reason this movie is so fun. Movies that are released straight to DVD generally have atrocious FX and make-up. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is an exception to that rule. The inbred cannibals look better than they did in the previous one. The gore FX need to be great since that's the reason many people will see this. The grotesque gags won't disappoint gore fans in the slightest. The violence in this film is extreme and isn't afraid to show all of it. The kill scenes are awesome and make this film absolutely not for the squeamish.

It should be quite clear that this film isn't for everyone. Those who are easily grossed out or aren't fans of the first will want to pass on this one. However, if you're a gore fan and feel like watching a fun and gross flick, this is for you. It's extremely rare to find a straight to DVD sequel that's actually decent. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is a blast to watch and is recommended to those interested in films such as this.

My Rating = Three Stars

Next movie: Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
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