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Wrong Turn (DVD)
Member Name: zirox87
Wrong Turn (DVD)
Advantages: pretty decent horror movie
Disadvantages: the same as every other slasher
"Slasher" (from the verb "to slash") is the name of a particular horror sub-genre. In this type of movies, we usually follow a group of teenagers (generally high and horny) as they are massacred by a crazy or deformed (or maybe even both, and that's the worst case scenario... for the victims, not for the audience) killer. 70s are considered the Golden Age of slasher movies, with masterpieces like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or "Halloween"... both ruined by pointless sequels, but we'll talk about it next time.
What's the point of this introduction? Well, I think it's impossible to talk about "Wrong Turn" without knowing what a slasher is.
TITLE: Wrong Turn
DIRECTOR: Rob Schmidt
US RATING: R (under 17s are admitted only if accompanied)
MAIN ACTORS: Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lindy Booth
PLOT SYNOPSIS: Medicine student takes a shortcut because the main road is heavily trafficked and hits the car of five young boys and girls (OK, you're in the middle of nowhere, but you should still park the car properly!). They look for help and they find a group of deformed cannibals!
Rob Schmidt said it clearly: this movie is a 70s throwback. Call it a homage to classical horror movies, call it a blatant rip-off, it doesn't really make a difference.
The characters are as stereotypical and by the numbers as they can: we have the horny couple (hey, didn't you see "Scream"? If you have sex in a horror movie, you die!!!), the loving couple, the apparently tough chick, the stupid cop, the weird gas station attendant, the funny black guy... no, the funny black guy isn't there. I didn't miss him, anyway.
If you are used to horror movies, you'll have no problems in guessing (or should I say stating?) who will survive and who will die; obviously, the characters that are supposed to die will make a clearly wrong choice at every given occasion. They should be put in the book "How to survive in a horror movie", chapter "Bad examples".
So: average plot, stereotypical and completely clueless characters... this should be a real stinker. Instead it works. The location is perfect: those woods are very scary! The director also chooses to give us only a few glimpses of the deformed cannibals (at least until the third act kicks in), and I think it's a good choice: sometimes, it's far more frighetning when you don't see the "bad guys".
The acting ranges from mediocre to pretty good (a good news, as the script is not that great), but I must say my judgement was probably influenced by all those beauties: Lindy Booth, Emmannuelle Chriqui and the divine Eliza Dushku!
But the real highlight of this movie is the gore factor. Director Schmidt, unlike many other newcomers, isn't shy to show killings in all their graphic detail. No flash-cuts here, guys. And a couple of death scenes are quite original, too!
Ok, I think that's all. I hope you enjoyed the reading!
Summary: 80 minutes of pure old-school, gory fun!