Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wrong Turn 2003

Horror Fanatic Challenge #19 - Best Use of Gore

Just when you think the days of cannibal families living in the outback preying on unsuspecting teens, were long over then this comes along which in my opinion is a decent throwback to the days of (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes and Cannibal Holocaust) and more but those were the gems from that era. Okay "Wrong Turn" isn't perfect and not quite up there with the best, but it's still a decent cannibal slasher flick.

Okay the plot is as old as time, but that's what's fun about it, and it's interesting to see what this type of movie would look like if there's a decent budget and well it does certainly pay off, as the cannibal family are armed with bows and arrows and even guns, which does add tension and makes it more nerve racking. This movie does have genuinely terrifying moments, I mean the deformed mutants are actually very creepy and run fast. The scene where the friends stumble across the graveyard of cars is well shot and does make me feel that it will be almost impossible for any of them to survive. 

There are some very few minor bad points that does stop this from being a true classic, like there are some tense scenes but they do become very predictable, like I knew who was gonna die and in what order and the dialogue is a bit stilted and can become very dull, and the stupidity of these characters at times is just unbelievable and takes away the realism of the situation and this movie due to the decent production values does look way too glossy and over the top at times trying a bit too much to stylish which takes away the true fear and horror. But the gore and deaths look realistic and cool, which is always a plus side in my books. 

Ps: I watched all the Wrong Turn series and I have to say that The 'Wrong Turn' franchise has basically been sliding down hill since the first one. The last installment, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort is so utterly awful I question how it was even released. It is occupied with only sexual scenes. I actually spent most my time being unable to watch the movie because of the quantity of pointless gore that it contains. The combination of sex, pointless gore and handicapped people are extremely weird or disturbing too. I recommend you not to watch the fifth and sixth installment if you're not a big fan of the series.
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