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REVIEW: Wrong Turn

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Wrong Turn

Once of the cult classic horror films during the early 2000s was Rob Schmidt’s horror ‘Wrong Turn’ which released in 2003 and while it didn’t have the kind of monumental success in the box office that many had hoped, it left a lasting impression on horror fans.

Fast forward to 2021, and the film is getting the reboot treatment, courtesy of director Mike P. Nelson. While the new film originally released back on January 21st, 2021, it will arrive on DVD on Tuesday, February 23rd.

“Six friends – Jennifer Shaw, boyfriend Darius, best friend Milla, her boyfriend Adam and gay couple Luis and Gary are hiking the Appalachian Trail, only to be hunted by the “Foundation”, a self-sufficient community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years and have become extremely hostile to outsiders.”

Lacking any real substance, the film starts off on a disorganized foot by thrusting the group of friends into a hike. No attention was paid to explaining why they were doing so, developing any of the individual characters, or explaining just how any of them knew the exact location of an unmapped landmark.

Fast forward to brutality, as a sudden and inexplicable attack hails down on the group, killing one of them, and forcing the survivors to flee. The calculated and precise attack, and the logic behind it, are shoved to the side to get right to the shots of the aftermath.

Cool effects, but that’s it.

It’s hard to wrap your head around anything that is going on in Wrong Turn. What made the 2003 film so good was they deformed inhabitants of the forest, the creepy way they hunted, and their thirst for the death of those they were hunting.

In the new film, it’s apparently centered on a warped version of America and what the country should be, but it contradicts itself by also moon-lighting as the demented and deformed people terrorizing the forest.

Matthew Modine stars as the only parent that seems concerned or bothered by the disappearance of their child, and goes on a personal quest to find his daughter. Not shockingly, he meanders through pointless scenes to find her, and help her escape.

But the stupidity goes further.

The people inhabiting the woods now want her back, and are determined to do so. So, despite years in the forest and away from modern life, they mastered driving, navigation, and next-level investigative skills to pinpoint her home. Then, because they mystically knew how to, they morphed into common and civilized citizens to enter her home, speak friendly with her family, and get her back.

Unfortunately for them, the few weeks she spent with their community somehow taught her how to be a deadly assassin.

While the reboot craze is seeing a lot of solid horror movies get another run, there are some attempts that shouldn’t be made in the first place. While ‘Wrong Turn’ may be a great candidate for a remake of re-imagining, doing so with a complete lack of story, logic, or story-consistency makes the film forgettable at best, and completely unwatchable.

If you want a few glimpses of gore, and maybe a confusion-based headache, then the new Wrong Turn may deliver on that, because it fails to deliver on anything else.

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While the reboot craze is seeing a lot of solid horror movies get another run, there are some attempts that shouldn't be made in the first place. While 'Wrong Turn' may be a great candidate for a remake of re-imagining, doing so with a complete lack of story, logic, or story-consistency makes the film forgettable at best, and completely unwatchable.
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Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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