Length: 93 minutes
Director: Joe Lynch (Furious Angel)
Writer: Turi Meyer (Candyman: Day of the Dead; Leprechaun 2)
Starring: Henry Rollins, Erica Leerhsen, Texas Battle, Daniella Alonso, Steve Braun, Aleksa Palladino, Matthew Currie Holmes, Crystal Lowe, Kimberly Caldwell, Wayne Robson, Ken Kirzinger, Patton Oswalt
The original “Wrong Turn” was a pretty dull addition to the “psycho cannibal hillbillies in the woods” subgenre of horror. Not a lot happened and when it did it was nothing particularly worth noting (or remembering for that matter. The only thing I could recall from the first film when this one started was that Eliza Dushku and Jeremy Sisto were in it). “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” is a step up as far as at least having more action and I think it will please horror fans who are into gruesome, gory deaths (one of the fist victims is literally sliced right in half and her two separate parts are dragged away). Does that make it a good movie? No. It’s still a bad movie, but fans of the genre might enjoy it and I think the filmmakers would pat themselves on the back if that is the case. Regular filmgoers or casual horror fans aren’t going to be as easy to win over. The script is full of awful one liners (there’s a drinking game for Henry Rollins’ ones alone just waiting to be invented) and the plot is nothing different really, except they’ve put a reality show twist into it. Rollins stars as some gung ho game show host who drags a bunch of dorks out to the woods to try to complete a “Survivor” like contest in order to win a large set of prize money. I assume, given that it is a sequel, that this is the same set of woods that the first film took place in and this is the same set of psycho hillbillies that terrorized the last batch of victims (or the same set of psycho hillbillies that survived the first film- like I said, I don’t remember much). Anyway, things quickly start to go haywire and the hillbillies begin picking off the cast members one by one, etc, etc. Nothing new. Rollins continues to show that has no place being in the world of acting, yet someone he continues to pop up in movies. Star Erica Leershen shows some actual talent as the smartest of the group. Hopefully she won’t be relegated to direct-to-DVD horror sequels for the rest of her career. So, to sum it up. “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” might win over gore fans, but it’s probably not going to win over movie fans. But if you’re renting it or leaving it on TV when it comes on, you probably all ready know that.
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