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WRONG TURN
2021 / Horror, Thriller
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Directed by Mike P. Nelson
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Starring Matthew Modine, Charlotte Vega, Bill Sage, Adain Bradley, Dylan McTee, Emma Dumont and Daisy Head

Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by 'The Foundation', a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Survival, Camping, Cults
Wrong Turn (2021)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
The first thing that needs to be mentioned, for those that are unaware, this is NOT a remake. Reboot? I guess that works. The same writer of the original (and sequels) penned this movie and you've got a bunch of young adults running around the backwoods of West Virginia... but outside of that, I didn't notice other similarities to the original movie. In fact, considering the above, I would go as far to say that this movie should not have used the title of Wrong Turn as it just feels like it was just used for a PR boost.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way... is this movie any good? Hmmm, I think it's decent. There's some gore to behold, but I think it's the aftermath visuals of some kills that I enjoyed more than how they died. For instance, there is a death early on in which someone is crushed by a large log, the impact of this kill wasn't anything particularly memorable, but when they show the crushed face afterward, it's a pretty brutal image, especially if you put yourself in the shoes of the friends having to witness such a gruesome sight. Though I did not particularly enjoy the amount of handheld camera work during the action-laced parts of the film. Yeah, that's right, a little too much shaky-cam. But thankfully they tend to ease up on it as the movie progresses... or maybe I adjusted to it and it stopped jumping out to me.

Performances are pretty good overall, though I didn't particularly love any of the characters and while there are some moments that I feel could be considered holes in the story, I think the plot of this one is intriguing to say the least, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns throughout. It almost feels like McElroy watched something like Midsommar and got inspired to write a movie while using that as a heavy influence, but exchanged some of the artsy appeal with something a little more digestible for the everyday horror fan.

If you're expecting a straight backwoods slasher, unfortunately, you won't get that here. But it's still definitely worthy of a viewing.
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