Wrong Turn 2 Review
Country : USA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Reality TV takes a turn for the macabre as a group of "Survivor"-like contestants become the target of a hideously deformed clan of backwoods cannibals....
Directed by Joe Lynch. Written by Turi Meyer and Al Septien. Starring Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Erica Leerhsen, Kimberly Caldwell, Daniella Alonso, Steve Braun, Crystal Lowe and Ken Kirzinger.
Director Joe Lynch breathes a little Blair
Witch/reality TV life into the latest horror
franchise, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End features mutant,
backwoods hillbillies going Ginsu on a bunch of
reality show contestants. Believe it or not, he does
it better than the original.
Dale Murphy (Henry Rollins) is hosting and producing
his own reality TV show called "The Ultimate
Survivalist: The Apocalypse", with six contestants led
by Nina Papas (Erica Leerhsen), who'll be thrown
together for six days in a simulated post-apocalyptic
wasteland, and the winner will walk away with
$100,000. Located in a remote part of West Virginia,
the contestants discover that what they are really
fighting for is their survival - against a family of
hideously deformed inbred cannibals who plan to
ruthlessly butcher them all....Who will survive and
what will be left of them?
Typically, these concept type films die before they
live, just based on concept. Halloween:
Resurrection, and even the sequel to the Blair
Witch died miserable deaths at the box office and
were panned by critics and horror fans alike.
However, in Wrong Turn 2, this gimmick is put to
good use once the bodies start piling up, and the
movie suceeds where the others failed -- it's actually
After a ton of blood is spilled, director Joe Lynch
mixes up the film with genuine scares, witty dialogue
-- much of it involving speculations by the reality
program contestants' about just what the hell is going
on. Lots of running, some very funny moments, some
very sick moments, Henry Rollins being the bad ass
that he is, and Erica Leerhsen finally gets a turn at
being the bad ass 'Ripley' type character that she was
born to be. We also get some strong performances from
Texas Battle, Daniella Alonso, Steve Braun, and Ken
Kirzinger as 'Pa' who brings on the super creep out
The direction is slick and Lynch employs the extra
cameras well (with goosepimpling results), and he
resourcefully taps into the 'closed circuit camera'
angle of the plot far better than the other films that
have failed miserably at this very same trick.
The coolest thing is, Lynch really busted his ass to
make this a worthy sequel and not just another slasher
flick. The little touches make all the difference to
the real horror fans -- from "The Battle Royale"
t-shirt to the proper use of the '2' in the opening
titles. (a little Evil Dead 2, Friday The 13th, Part 2, and Alien)
In closing, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End can be viewed on
many levels, with equal satisfaction awaiting those
who just want a good story, and to those who demand
much more. As with any good horror film, when the
closing credits roll, only a portion of the story has
been told. Yet the last haunting image leaves a
crater-like impression that hopefully the third film
only deepens. And by GOD they had better hire Joe
Lynch to do it.
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Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com