Wrong Turn 5
I have to start by saying that I did genuinely enjoy the first two Wrong Turn films in particular the first, the third was in all honesty one of the worst films I’ve ever seen(definitely in my top 5- and I’ve seen Plan 9 From Outer Space!), the fourth I felt was a minor improvement on its predecessor but sadly WT5 brings us right back to the abysmal standard of 3.
The plot consists of this- A small West Virginia Town is hosting the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween, where crowds of costumed party-goers gather for a wild night of music and mischief. Lo and behold however, Three Finger and his inbred family of hill-billies decide to treat themselves to a blood soaked feeding frenzy involving a group of visiting ‘college kids’(who coincidentally all look the wrong side of 30).
Initially, I thought the plot was fairly well thought out and had the potential to work quite well. However, it doesn’t work and these are the reasons why- the cardboard cut out sets that would look more at home in a 1960s Spagetti Western film (I found the exterior of the Sheriff Station especially funny), the acting- which is mediocre at best- despite the best efforts of the mostly British cast there accents do slip one too many times with Roxanne Mckee being most culpable. Those hoping that with Doug Bradley being a reasonably big name from the world of horror he will save the film will also be sincerely disappointed as his character just comes across as frankly irritating and misogynistic and as silly as this may sound he just seems to repeat the same few sentences about “his boys coming to save him” on a loop for about 60 minutes. The complete lack of realism in virtually every part of the film ranges from being laughable to actually quite frustrating. For instance- for a Town celebrating a festival it seemed to be pretty dead (no pun intended), the hill-billies simply would not have had time to concoct such elaborate deaths for certain victims and still be on constant watch of the Sheriff station, the often ridiculous decisions made by the characters who despite being in immortal danger leave weapons behind and walk into blatant traps and the most annoying of all is the complete indestructibility of the mutants who are each stabbed in the neck, shot in the chest and shot in the leg yet seem completely unaffected by this and have no visible injuries.
The only small plus point for me was the applaudable performance from Camilla Arfwedson, who despite not exactly looking like your average small Town Sheriff did a decent enough job with what she was given and you couldn’t help but be on her side at least to some degree. Overall though, this film really was dire from start to finish and the wooden script did it no favours either. Its also important to note that even with a few “gory” kills there is no real suspense or engagement and it is no way scary which I would assume is a fairly vital component for a horror movie.
Personally, I am beginning to lose faith with the WT franchise a little due to the once menacing mutants becoming quite comical characters and the sheer lack of investment in the production values of the films since Declan O’Brien took the helm after WT2. I think it may be time for an official reboot but I really cant see it happening. Anyway I rate this movie 2/10 and I think that may be slightly generous.