Starring: Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Crystal Lowe, Erica Leerhsen, Daniella
Alonso, Ken Kirzinger, Aleksa Palladino, Steve Braun

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Story: A group of reality show contestants find themselves fighting for their
survival against a family of hideously deformed inbred cannibals who plan to
ruthlessly butcher them all.


Review:

Originally thought out to be a prequel, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End takes place
sometime after the original. This time we follow a group of reality show
contestants who are being killed off one by one out in the woods. Is it
original? Not really, but then again it's not supposed to be. I said the same
thing as I was reviewing the original film. It's just a shame, because Wrong
Turn 2 has so much potential to be a theatrical release. I guess with the
recent streak of R rated horror movies bombing at the box office, I can see
why Twentieth Century Fox would go this route. I suppose they've made the
right choice. Much like the first movie, Wrong Turn 2 is an homage to early
slasher flicks, containing many elements that seem oddly familiar. In the first
movie we followed a man and a group of kids who were involved in a car
accident. They venture off into the woods to look for help, but end up being
a food menu for a few hungry-mutated cannibals. This sequel follows the
same premise, but features some clever spins on the repetitive
inbred-mutant-humans-hunt-and-eat-sexy-young-people genre.

The set of a pseudo-post-apocalypse "Survivor" type game show brings five
young people to the Appalachian woods. They are given instructions by a
tough-as-nails retired military commander named Dale Murphy (Henry
Rollins). Murphy tells the contestants that they will be taking part in a survival
T.V show called "The Ultimate Survivalist: The Apocalypse." The six
contestants led by Nina Papas (Erica Leerhsen), are thrown together for six
days in a simulated post-apocalyptic wasteland, and the winner will walk away
with a hundred thousand dollars. Located in a remote part of West Virginia,
the contestants have to go in groups of two and live out in the woods with
no phones, no lights and no leverage. They can only take with them the
clothes on their back and the cameras attached to their neck. In the middle of
looking for food and posing for the cameras, the contestants (and TV crew)
start getting killed off by a group of inbred cannibals. The Colonel gets
captured by mutants, but later escapes and starts hunting the inbred mutant
humanoids. Eventually the game plot line is thrown out the window and it
becomes a real life struggle for survival.

Everything you loved about the original Wrong Turn is here in this 93 minute
sequel. Much like the first film, the story to Dead End is very similar to the
slasher pics of the 70's and 80's. There's an even more modern touch to this
film that makes it a little fresh. The movie itself is not entirely predictable and
it plays out differently. You can't have a slasher homage without exposing
some breasts and brains. This movie shows both, but the violence outweighs
the sex appeal big time. Although the story to Dead End isn't new, it does
feature an interesting cast of characters and a good script. In the movie we
follow a tough commander, a vegan, a lesbian, a slut, an obnoxious horny
toad, a nerdy camera crew and a surprisingly brave black man (typically it's
the other way around). The script for this movie was very good. I didn't really
have any complaints with the dialog, and that's shocking when you think
about the material. Typically we get a lot of silly dialog when it comes to these
"direct-to-video" slasher films. Dead End puts the clichés aside and goes for
something much more fun and enjoyable.

My favorite thing in Wrong Turn 2 are the gruesome and slightly innovative
death scenes. Remember the eye ball gag in the first movie? Well it's
perfected here and it's twice the fun. The death scenes in Dead End are
fantastic. There's one in particular that had my jaw drop to the floor, and
that's in the opening scene. I won't spoil it because it's something you have
to see to believe. I felt giddy like a little school boy at Toys R Us when I
watched the opening scene. Needless to say the movie starts off with a bang
and doesn't dare to get soft. Wrong Turn 2 goes more for camera tricks
rather than terrible looking CGI. Every death scene is well executed, as is the
entire film. Once again that's surprising considering the material. The second
best part of the movie is the star, Henry Rollins. The former Black Flag vocalist
does his fair share of acting and ass kicking in this movie. I couldn't help
myself, I can't bring him up without mentioning one of my all time favorite
bands. Wrong Turn 2 is an entertaining slasher flick that doesn't really pull
any new strings, but is more than worth a viewing. The point of the Wrong
Turn movies isn't to show you something new.

These are homages to film's prior. The original film was a love letter to
Deliverance and Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes. It's the same case here,
only there's a touch of Battle Royale and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
added to recipe. In this movie we get to see more of the antagonists; who
this time, function as a family. Well, that's because they are a family. There
are more mutants in this movie, and much like the first film they live like
normal people. We even get a new explanation as to why they are what they
are. It just shatters the whole
"decades of inbreeding" explanation from the
first film. There's not much else to say about the movie other than it's worth
owning on DVD. The special features on this disc should hold you back for
quite a bit. The Unrated DVD comes with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen
transfer and 5.1 English Dolby surround sound track. Those of you with
good stereo systems might wanna crank this baby up to 11. Bonus features
on the DVD include a featurette called "More Blood, More Guts: The Making of
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End" and another called "Making Gore Look Good." On
top of that there's a featurette called "On Location With P-Nut."

For all you avid collectors like myself you'll be happy to know that the DVD
comes with not one, but TWO feature commentary tracks. One by director
Joe Lynch and actors Erica Leerhsen and the singer/songwriter/author Henry
Rollins. The other commentary track is with writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien.
To complete the set there's also a trailer for Wrong Turn 2. With that said, if
you're a fan of the first movie then I highly suggest picking up this awesome
sequel. Surprisingly I liked it better than the original, and that's really saying
something coming from a direct-to-DVD release. I guess just because it's
DTV doesn't mean it's going to suck. This film helps prove that popular
theory wrong. Both Wrong Turn movies are fun in my opinion, but Dead End
just takes it to a whole 'nother level. The story is good, the characters and
script are fascinating and the death scenes are something to drool over. On
top of all of that you get to see Henry Rollins kick some ass. Who could ever
say no to that? Bottom line, Wrong Turn 2 does not disappoint. Pick up the
DVD as soon as you are able to.


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Overall: 8/10
Genres: Horror, Thriller

Rated: Unrated

Country: USA

Year: 2007

Runtime: 93 minutes

Studio: Twentieth
Century-Fox

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