Wrong Turn

Release Date: May 30, 2003

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For my money, there just aren't enough movies that intersect the storytelling possibilities of multi-generational inbreeding and cannibalism. For those of you who agree with me and aren't currently incarcerated for practicing either of the above beliefs on relatives or locals, Wrong Turn is just the movie for you!

Our story begins when handsome brooder Thomas Avon smashes his car into the one being driven by three college kids, they all wind up stranded in the mountains of West Virginia. While they look for someone who can repair their cars or offer them transportation, they discover the area's deep, dark secret. Some of the locals are hideously disfigured from generations of inbreeding. As a kicker, they have also developed a taste for human flesh. Our heroes and heroines are left to fend for themselves in the middle of nowhere as they try to avoid becoming Soylent Supper.

I am not 100% certain but I am led to believe Wrong Turn is not a comedy. The above certainly reads like a plot made just for Tom Servo and Crow; however, if they play it straight, it sounds like a film that wants to be Blair Witch Project...With Mutant Cannibals! That means its fate is largely written before it even hits theaters. There is a short shelf life between now and when you next see it as a rental on the 99 cent aisle of your horror section where it might open well if marketed effectively. From then on, it's a punchline.

As is usually the case with cheap horror productions these days, the cast is comprised of impossibly fresh-faced people who you may or may not remember from various projects. The exception to this is Eliza Dushku, but since I am mad at her for constantly taking these awful parts in movies (I want my $15 back for Soul Survivors, dammit), I refuse to be complimentary here. Also on board is Jeremy Sisto, who you probably do remember as Elton in Clueless. Since then, he has worked a ton but a lot of it has been in smaller projects such as Suicide Kings (where he was very good as T.K.). Fans of Six Feet Under also might know him as Billy Chenowith. The other two actresses are Lindy Booth, who was ridiculously single-dimensional but a lot of fun as Claudia on Relic Hunter, and Emmanuelle Chriqui, the female lead in that N'Sync fiasco, On the Line. If you want to see any of these people die violent deaths, you're golden. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Wrong Turn
Main Cast Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto
Supporting Cast Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington, Lindy Booth
Director Rob Schmidt
Screenwriter Alan McElroy, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Rating R
Running Time 84 minutes
Screen Count 1,615
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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