84 Min. | Horror | June 2003
IMDB Rating: 6.1
Director: Rob Schmidt
Staring: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Wrong Turn Review: ‘Wrong Turn’ stars Desmond Harrington as Chris Finn, a man who is late for a very important interview. Finn takes a back country road to avoid a traffic jam and ends up involved in a car accident with three debutantes (Eliza Dushku, Lindy Booth and Emmanuelle Chriqui) and their boyfriends (Jeremy Sisto and Kevin Zegers). The group splits up as they try to find some help. Unbeknownst to them, they are being stalked by an unspeakable horror. Living in the woods around the crash is a family of cannibalistic mountain men who are overtly grotesque from generations of incest. Before the group knows it, they are in a fight for their very lives. ‘Wrong Turn’ was in one word an utter shock to the system. There hasn’t been a film this gory, grotesque and chilling in a very long time.
Not since the 1970’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ has a horror film such as this been made. The best way to describe the experience is that if you took 2001’s ‘Joy Ride’ and ‘eepers Creepers’ added 1972’s ‘Deliverance’ then threw them all in a blender. You may come up with ‘Wrong Turn’. The tension in ‘Wrong Turn’ is harrowing and relentless as it bats you back and forth. You are exhausted and maybe even queasy when you come out of the theatre. But if you love horror films then you probably have an ear to ear grin as well. The parts we do see are horrific but the filmmaker relies heavily on the chase and shock than on the gore. Schmidt could have easily dived down the gore shoot to hell but he made a wise choice that works in spades.
‘Wrong Turn’ is the film’s harrowing tension and atmospheric pursuit that overshadows the young stars that make up the cast. Dushku is strong and emulates some of her ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ character, Faith in her portrayal here. Dushku loves to play debutantes with edge and her character here has a lot of it. The rest of the cast play typical generic 20-somethings from the horror film franchises of old. Liked ‘Wrong Turn’ purely because of its shock value and its no holds barred return to classic horror. It is always in your face and it doesn’t let go till the credits. The movie borrowed a little bit from a lot of different movies, most notably Deliverance, which one of the characters even mentions by name, but in todays day and age, when we have seen it all, it was a pretty good effort.