Wrong Turn is directed by Rob Schmidt and primarily written by Alan B. McElroy. It stars Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jeremy Sisto. Plot finds a group of pretty young adults being menaced by inbred critters in West Virginia.
Clocking in at under one hour and twenty minutes in length, Wrong Turn doesn't have time to become boring, that is; it doesn't become boring for the easily pleased stalk and slash fan. Film wastes no time in getting to the nitty gritty of its being, no time for character build up, our group of models, excuse me, characters, are stuck in the wilderness and most of them will meet a horrible death. Who will survive? If anyone? Will you care either way come the end? Well it seems many people were happy with what they saw, for although it flopped at the box office, film gained a big fan-base upon its home format release. So much so it has spawned three sequels thus far!
Wrong Turn isn't an awful movie, it's just a very unadventurous one. A number of screenwriters were attached to it, and it shows, because it seems that each one plucked out an idea from a favourite horror movie of yesteryear and filled out the running time with formula, Hills Have Eyes: Check, Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Check, Deliverance: Check....... Granted there's some good moments of tension, and one particularly excellent kill up in a tree, but the whole thing is distinctly unfresh so as to be annoying. Cast are fine, given the staid direction and dullard screenplay they are working from, though they make laughably bad decisions and do implausible stuff. One sequence involving leaping from a building onto a tree is so bad, particularly Dushku's side on approach, I'm surprised Schmidt wasn't sacked for incompetence!
It rounds out about average and is a decent enough time filler for the slasher faithful, but if you are looking for anything new and exciting you best steer down a different road. 5/10