First off, I have to say that I loved Wrong Turn. To me, it was the TRUE throwback to late 70's/early 80's horror that so many movies have tried to be recently. And it actually had better acting that most of it's ilk...Though the best actor dies first, but hey.
When I heard that this sequel was DTV I was bumbed. We all know the stigma that goes with DTV, though in recent years, it's really been improving. Well Wrong Turn 2: Dead End both lives up to that stigma and breezes by it.
The first and foremost of the bad is the script. It's pretty much an endless string of set pieces thinly tied to a "reality TV" plot. It's a shame too, because there are some truly original and twisted scenes in this movie. But man, the dialogue is WRETCHED. Every single line of dialogue is terrible. It's made that much worse by some of the worst acting I've seen in a long time. Not only was it bad, but grating as well. Everyone is annoying as hell in their respective "types" and none of them are convincing. Not even Henry Rollins, who if the movie had been taken seriously, would have worked but seeing as how most of the movie is done for laughs (though it's not funny) his role is that much sillier. And I was kind of embarrassed for him.
Sounds like I hated it, right? Well I didn't. Why? Because the action and horror elements of the film are about 80% great. The people who die and when they die is almost constantly a surprise and it's all shot reasonably well. Joe Lynch shows some real talent for this stuff. Now he just needs better material and actors.
The gore is satisfying as well and there are some truly twisted and original spins on familiar death scenes. Though the final confrontation and resolution was pretty dire.
It's too bad they didn't try for a more serious tone like the first film. This might have been great movie. Instead it's a pretty bad movie with some good or great scenes in it.
Last edited by N2NOther (2009-08-22 11:42:58)