Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wrong Turn (2003)

As we move closer to the end of the first week, we will be moving into the Slasher genre. I'm starting this transition with a slasher film that features mutants so it will fit in between Creature Features and Slashers.

Wrong Turn (USA, 2003) - Color, Director(s): Rob Schmidt
MPAA Rating: R
Approx. 84 min.

Z-rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

After a car accident, a medical student on his way to a job interview and a group of friends on a hiking trip stumble into the backwoods of West Virginia. These woods, however, are home to a family of deformed killer mutant cannibals that are a result of generation after generation of inbreeding. After going into an old house in search of a phone and finding body parts in the fridge instead, they are sorry they ever trespassed. Not as sorry as they're gonna be once they realize that the inbred cannibals hicks have returned home. They escape from the house with the cannibals hot on their trail. Will they be able to make it out of these woods alive despite the cannibals having the home field advantage?

Much like the ultra violent remake of The Hills Have Eyes, this film also features a family of killer mutants. In much of the same vein as the aforementioned film, Wrong Turn is successful in building solid character development so you actually feel for them when they go. All the requirements for a good horror movie were present: pretty young faces, great storytelling, and uber-violent kills. This film is a prime example of a good modern day rising body count slasher.

Nudity: None. Although the super hot Lindy Booth (Cry Wolf, Dawn of the Dead) is in this film... and she's ALWAYS such a pleasure to watch.

Aww, she's so hot... even when she's dead.

Gore: 5 out of 5. Just what you would expect from this type of slasher film. Limbs are severed in gruesome detail, people are killed using a variety of weapons, and plenty cringe-worthy scenes to make you squirm in your seat. (Everything we've come to expect from our horror movies nowadays!)

Awesome: Something about this movie was just so familiar that it reminded me of why Horror was my favorite genre to begin with. Very entertaining.

[Also, check out my review of Wrong Turn 2: Dead End]