Wrong Turn 2 Review
Written by: PhilnEdee
My wife and I sat down to Wrong Turn 2 the other night. Dimmed the lights, dialed in the surround sound and...ACTION!
For those not familiar with the first film or the idea os the film, basically some travelrs make a wrong turn, they have a vehicle "problems"and then are attacked by a family comprised of genetically damaged and inbread "freaks" from the woods...much like the Hills Have Eyes, except in the woods, but the stroy is almost a mirror of the Hills idea, right down to the old cars of all the victims over the years, the inbreeding, etc...
This family seems to have had their water supply contaminated by some toxins from an old abandoned paper mill and again...decades of foolin around with sis, mom, aunt Fugly, and don't forget about old molesting uncle Bob.
The second film pokes some fun at all of the reality TV shows out there by bringing contestants to play a ridiculous survival game called "Survive the Apocalypse"...best part of this movie, bottom line is the performance of Henry Rollins who plays a Marine who is the host of the reality TV show -and also lands into the hero role in the real life situation. Unfortunately the rest of the acting is paper thin and very unbelievable and where this film loses the terror or fear grip the first film had is that we get to see the family up close and personal from the very beginning, they are not scary, and the film is shot in almost blinding sunlight most of the time...no dark shadows, no creeps in the night...just some very disfigured backwoods folks out doin them some in your face huntin. The performances are so unforgettable that I actually found myself unable to remember how 2 of the survival cast members bought it. As for the family from the woods, I honestly could tell if there were 40 or only 4 of them before all was said and done, and sadly didn't care much either.
As the situation becomes serious, Rollins character does as well and begins to do a little hunting hisself and I must say I thought that was 1) believable and 2) entertaining. This was a good role for him, have enjoyed seeing him in some other horror flicks such as the Feast and hope to see him do more.
There is some good gore, the scenery, while not horror inspiring is very beautiful, and it makes you want to go on a vacation to a cabin in the mountains...minus the Beverly MutatedHillbillies tagging along. Some of the action sequences and special effects are dead on, many though, are just plain silly.
I gave the acting a 5, but that is because I gave Rollins a 9 and the entire rest of the cast a 1. Don't get me wrong, this is Def. not the worst I've seen this year, better than many direct to DVD out there now, and if you saw the first film, I'd say you owe it to yourself to give this one a watch, but one time is probably all you'll need of this not soon to be classic excurison back into the woods. Tee ending sets the stage to let us know there will probably be a Wrong Turn 3.
Overall, 6 bloddy knife slashes out of a possible ten.