Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film, directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy.If you’re looking to be terrified and not sleep for weeks then Wrong Turn is the WRONG film for you. However the first film of the trilogy has got to be the best of a bad bunch.
The plot is fairly simple, Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington i.e. Jack Bass from Gossip Girl) is driving his car for a job interview in another city. Shock horror, the main road is blocked and Chris is forced to take the back roads though a West Virginian forest. He accidentally crashes his car into another sitting in the middle of the road, where he meets a group of 5 friends including Jessie (Eliza Dushku i.e. Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Carly (Emmanuelle Criqui ie Sloan from Entourage). They decide to leave two of the friends with the cars while the four central characters Chris, Jessie, Carly and Carly’s fiancé Scott go to find help. They come across a dilapidated cabin which is home to three cannibal hillbillies Three Finger, Saw- Tooth and One- Eye. And the hunt begins….
The film-makers have clearly copied the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes, however in doing this their youthful target audiences will be well satisfied by the steady stream of shocks and laughs, which often come simultaneously. There are some genuinely scary moments that, while not being very originally executed, will still make you jump. The film doesn’t pretend to be anything new or original but those who enjoy the gory messes of Saw and the Hills Have Eyes will be pleasantly surprised by Wrong Turn. The story, although predictable, is better than inexcusably bad slasher films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream.
Stan Winston who was the main visual effects supervisor on Wrong Turn and who also proved his talents on films such as Jurassic Park, the Predator series and Edward Scissorshands has yet again outdone himself. The mutated faces of the Mountain Men are not something you would want to meet in a dark alley on your own, whether you knew they were fake or not.
Although this film has its definite downsides it also does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a typical slasher B-movie with gore, sex, drugs, monsters, hot babes and an easy storyline to follow, and if that’s all your looking for then you need not look any further than Wrong Turn. The film definitely has the message that if you indulge in sex and drugs you will die a horrible death. Probably a good message to the youths of today.