Wrong Turn

Wrong Turn follows several attractive twentysomethings (including Eliza Dushku’s Jessie and Desmond Harrington’s Chris) as they’re terrorized by a family of demented mountain men, with the narrative, which starts out with a fair degree of promise, progressing into a repetitive cat-and-mouse midsection that boasts few compelling attributes. Filmmaker Rob Schmidt, working from Alan McElroy’s barely-fleshed-out screenplay, spends an almost inordinate time dwelling on hopelessly uninvolving elements, and it’s clear, certainly, that the initial emphasis on the heroes’ exploration of the aforementioned mountain men’s home is fairly indicative of Wrong Turn‘s padded-out sensibilities. The sporadic inclusion of compelling (and appreciatively brutal) sequences does help alleviate the mostly tedious atmosphere, and while the villains are generally quite memorable, Wrong Turn‘s been suffused with a selection of bland protagonists that remain virtually impossible to root for and sympathize with – which ultimately does cement its place as an almost passable yet hopelessly forgettable horror flick that squanders a seemingly can’t-miss premise.

** out of ****

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