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wrong turn 2 dead end 2007


3 Stars  2007/18/93m

“Evil awaits.”

Director: Joe Lynch / Writers: Turi Meyer & Al Septien / Cast: Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Aleksa Palladino, Daniella Alonso, Steve Braun, Matthew Currie Holmes, Crystal Lowe, Kimberly Caldwell, Wayne Robson, Ken Kirzinger, Ashlea Earl, Clint Carleton, Rorelee Tio.

Body Count: 14

A slightly overrated flick for a change, Wrong Turn 2 came courtesy of Adam Green’s buddy Joe Lynch, who throws virtually everything at his project, going OTT on the back of the straight-faced 2003 original, which pit city kids against a trio of backwoods in-breds, marrying together the best attributes of Just Before Dawn and Deliverance with a dash of post-Scream sensibility, without going too far down the ha-ha track.

Cashing on the then-zeitgeist of reality TV horror, WT2 centers around a survival show named Ultimate Survivor: Apocalypse, presented by retired marine Rollins, which sends six aesthetically pleasing youngsters into the woods to fend for themselves against production-created tasks and the like. However, they run afoul of the extended family of the cannibals from last time, including Ma, Pa, several kids – all deformed in even whackier ways than the trifecta of loonies from the first movie.

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Masses of drippy gore, a vegan being force-fed minced-person, T&A, 80s-style macho posturing, mutant incest, a backwoods birth, a meat grinder you could drive a truck through – it’s easy to see why gore fans had a lot to shout about. Elsewhere, the film toys with expectations, setting up an obvious final girl, only to kill her early on and nominate a far more rough-cut character as a proxy. Rollins owns the entire flick as the hard on the outside, soft-centered presenter, who learns early on of the threat and goes all Platoon as the situation worsens.

Lynch’s leanings towards Evil Dead-style if-it-moves-throw-a-bucket-of-blood-over-it splatstick isn’t usually my kind of thing, and Wrong Turn isn’t a series I can really get that enthusiastic about (original excepted), but if you catch this during a couple of hours where you haven’t recently, or don’t plan on imminently eating anything, it’s good for some sticky laughs.

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Blurbs-of-interest: Erica Leehrsen was previously in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Lonely Joe, and Mischief Night; Daniella Alonso was in The Collector; Texas Battle and Crystal Lowe were both in Final Destination 3, and she was also in the Black Christmas remake and Children of the Corn: Revelation; Ken Kirzinger played Jason in Freddy vs Jason and played Mason in Stan Helsing.


  • “all deformed in even whackier ways than the trifecta of loonies from the first movie”

    I dunno. The way I see it, the family here looks less deformed than the mutant brothers from the first. (Save for Pa, of course. He and Saw Tooth might be related in a father’s brother’s cousin’s second former roommate sort of gig…)

    Bulbous heads, bad hygiene and bad teeth are fine and all for evil backwoods mutants, but nothing tops the crazy deformities Three Finger, Saw Tooth and One-Eye – er, I mean, Three Finger and Saw Tooth have!

  • WT2, overrated? Maybe now so many years later, but at the time this was peak DTV horror sequel.

    The less said about WT3 the better, 4 & 5 were solid (but really mean-sprited), WT6 is a disaster.

  • It was way oversold with people talking as if it was THE best thing ever and then… was just decent, no more, no less.

  • Oh my god! Hudson is late for a review! Say it ain’t so!

    I need my slasher fix, boo.

  • I got my counting wrong : /

  • WT2 is obviously the best one in the entire series. Like, easily. A beautiful, cheesy throwback slasher. WT1 was mediocre/half good. WT3 was probably the worst one. 4th was too CGI-y and tacky, so was 5th. 6th one was a distaster, indeed. Wonder how the upcoming reboot will turn out.

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