REVIEW: WRONG TURN 2:
Dead End (Unrated)
Take a wrong turn down the
aisles of your local video store and you might notice that
those inbred cannibals from the wooded hills of West
Virginia are back in the direct to video release of Wrong
Turn 2. The first Wrong Turn, starring Eliza Dushku, was
your run of the mill horror movie. Wrong Turn 2 surprisingly
surpasses it predecessor with it mildly interesting plot.
Capitalizing on the success of reality television the
writers (Turi Meyer, Al Septien ) crated a survival style
game in a post apocalyptical world as the central theme of
the movie. Colonel Dale Murphy (Henry Rollins) is the host
and six stereotypical young adults are the contestants. Also
in the mix, is a sleazy wannabe director, M, played to a tee
by Matthew Currie Holmes. The six contestants are playing
for a grand prize of $100,000 in the woods of West Virginia.
However, the surviving contestants begin to sense something
is not quite right when a campground barbeque they find
turns out not to be barbeque pork and after one of them
witnesses the born of a newborn inbred mutant.
From it opening scene the movie makes it mark with a sense
of humorous dread when former American Idol contestant
Kimberly playing herself meets an untimely death. This marks
the beginning of what’s to come and a la Final Destination
style it delivers with it unusual death sequences by the
Henry Rollins plays Colonel Dale Murphy as a bad ass with a
ax to grind. The scenes with Henry Rollins and Old Timer
(Wayne Robson ) were creepy and full of tension. Old Timer
has a creepiness that far excesses that of the inbred
cannibals themselves. Further expansion of these characters
would have make for a far better movie.
For a direct to video flick, the production is quite good
and worthy of a theatrical release. Wrong Turn 2, like a lot
of horror movies of the time, features a lot of gore and
holds back on the psychological horror which is far more
scary. However, those looking for a good Halloween fright
with be pleasantly surprised with Wrong Turn 2.
Anamorphic Widescreen -1.78:1.
Digital 5.1 Surround - English, Dolby Stereo Spanish French
Subtitles - English Spanish - Optional
commentary by director Joe Lynch and actors Erica Leerhsen
and Henry Rollins
Gore Look Good: Shows how the special effects
were created. Featuring a lot of arrows to the chest. (11
RATING BREAK DOWN:
By Brad Peterson
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