Now, here’s a relatively under-the-radar horror movie that turned out to be pretty good. Released in that golden period of cool-looking horror movies, Wrong Turn features one of all-time favorites of the horror genre: inbred mutants. Released full three years before the official remake of Hills Have Eyes, this is a decent entry into the sub-genre. They even combined the “lost in the wrong neighborhood” gimmick with inbred mutants. The rest of the elements are pretty standard issue: we have bunch of good-looking people with one hot female lead, decent amounts of gore and violence and finally a decent main structure. This means that you will not be bored because there’s always something to be on a lookout. You will hardly notice any flaws or mistakes made, because this overwhelming, imposing and ultimately scary as hell atmosphere will gobble up anything in its path.
Sometimes shit just happens. Just like it happened for Chris Flynn, who’s trying to get to job interview but a chemical spill on the road stopped him in his tracks. He decides to take a country road through the mountains of West Virginia in order to get there in time. Pressed for time and distracted, he accidentally crashes into another car carrying five friends who were on their way to camping. However, after this crash all their plans will have to be changed…
You would think that the movie like this is easy to make, just because it features relatively simplistic elements, but you would be wrong. Cinematography and pacing were brilliant and they created this intense atmosphere, where the writer and director did not try to treat you like a little child and emotionally circle jerk you. They did not resort to cheap tricks to save money or used some artsy shots to appear something they are not. This is a modern, updated version of all those horror movies from seventies and you can feel that. Our man Rob Schmidt, can certainly fear and that uneasy feeling, especially in a movie with theme so common as getting lost and getting a feeling that something might be off. Oddly enough, the casting was spot on and I think that all of the actors did hell of a job. Jeremy Sisto was especially great, although his character along with the others was a bit overshadowed by our power couple, but if those two are Desmond and Eliza, sign me the fuck up.
Director: Rob Schmidt
Cast: Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Zegers
Fun Facts: Eliza Dushku did a lot of her own stunts for the movie.