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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Second turn goes deadly: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
rating: ****
starring: Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins and Texas Battle

How would you follow up a simplistic, backwoods slasher about three cannibals hunting people in the woods? Gore it up. Sex it up. Mess it up.

Too much? Maybe, but it did work. Yes. Oh, effing yes it worked.

A group of contestants for another "survivor" type reality show called "Apocalypse" was put in the middle of the West Virginian forest (again) where they have to pretend as survivors of a world gone bad due to an "Apocalypse" (hence the title. Soooo original) and fight off as many pretend foes as they can in order to survive. By pretend foes I meant beeping boxes that gives out scenarios and challenges that has to be done to make sure they'll stay to see the next round.  What they didn't come to expect was a family of inbred cannibals that just so happens to be living within the woods and they had taken a liking to them...as dinner. Now, one by one, cast and crew find themselves in a more dreadful situation than an elimination round, where survival is no longer simulated and blood runs for real.

Pushed to a max, Wrong Turn 2 faithfully follows the rules of sequels as more mutants came up, (less deformed, though) and the gore turned visceral. Even if it's as clichéd as the original, it's easy to look pass that with all the mayhem and chaos happening on screen. While the idea of adding teen-oriented material of reality TV isn't really that big of a deal as other slashers already tackled this(the concept of reality-TV turn deadly was been done already around the early Millennium in Canada's My Little Eye or even the fairly stable Halloween sequel "Halloween: Resurrection), it's not half bad either if it had something going for it. And unlike the two aforementioned, this Wrong Turn 2 is better paced and actually had more action going in it.

And then there's the grue. Gore is what made this film go, and gore it shall give. There's nothing sacred to these mutants as bodies goes into twos, threes, diced, shredded, blown-up; whether it's from the scared little teens or the cannibals themselves, death comes swift and messy for this movie, enough to make gorehounds and splatter lovers go on gleaming.

If there will be any flaws, it si that while the original kept its characters interesting, Wrong Turn 2 did the opposite. Even if the cast are still an interesting bunch, they did come out as very stereotyped: we have a jock, a jokester, the slut, the diva, the softie, the hardened warrior lady and, yes, the obvious final girl. Funny enough, we actually had two potential final girls here, that any one of the two would had worked fine if one of them got killed. A little mean-spirited but hey, it's a gore film and a slasher at that, even. Mean-spirited? Doesn't mean squat for a movie of its kin. Throw in a Texas Chainsaw Massacre style dinner scene at the end, and a bit of backwoods hocus, and you get yourself a slasher flick sequel that's surely done the franchise proud. (or not, depending on your view.)

Wrong Turn 2 is a fast-paced, brainless, backwoods splatter survival slasher flick that's arguably an enjoyable piece of work. Perfect or not, does it really matter when you're having fun? What say you?

bodycount:
1 female chopped in half with axe
1 male gets a throat slit with knife, scalped
1 female gets an axe thrown to her head
1 female repeatedly slashed on the back with cleaver
1 elderly male blown up by dynamite
1 male and 1 female shot through the head with arrow
1 male head chopped off with cleaver
1 male and 1 female blown up by dynamite
1 male neck strangled and mutilated by razor wire
1 male and 1 female shredded through tree de-barker
2 males implied murdered, clothes seen
total: 15

4 comments:

  1. In the commentary, they mentioned the clothes in Three Finger's camp at the end are what's left of the two tech guys.

    Paraphrased: "There's Wojo and Chris, the two techies in the beginning. They didn't make it out either. Poor bastards. But that's what you get for bringing up Tarantino."

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    1. Yeah, wait, didn't Three Finger scalped, like, one of them? I always thought that guy was a techie.

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  2. I think there was three in all, and he was one of 'em. The others were the two big guys who say they'll be getting drunk back at the hotel. Guess they made a wrong turn on the way to Margaritaville.

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    1. Hurm...I'll look into that one! Thanks for the heads up!

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