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on 14 February 2013
OK. It's Wrong Turn, so if you've seen any of the others, you pretty much know what to expect by now.
Our favourite hillbilly freaks Three Finger, Saw Tooth and One Eye are back on another killing spree across Virginia and this time they've brought a friend. And this is where we encounter some sort of continuity error from the series. Even after watching the film, I'm unsure who the guy is supposed to be.
First off, I'll need to explain that Wrong Turn 5 is a sequel to Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings and a prequel to the original Wrong Turn, meaning that the action takes place between those two films. Our bad guy, the only one here who isn't mutated or deformed in any way - physically, at least - claims that the hillbillies are his "boys" and the events seem to take place in the year 2003, which is when the first movie is set. Whether or not he is the Old Timer who claimed to have fathered the mutants in the first two films at a younger age is questionable to say the least, seeing how that character was older than my dead grandfather. Maybe he aged terribly in the space of a few weeks. Or perhaps he isn't even supposed to be the same character. Even after reading up about the Wrong Turn series online, and gathering up all the opinions and thoughts of other fans, I'm still at a loss. I like to think that he is not related in any way to the hillbillies and just stumbled upon them whilst murdering innocent people in the woods, as it hurts my brain and the series' continuity less that way.
The excuse for this sequel/prequel/sequel/???? is that a bunch of teens are heading off for a Burning Man, I mean, Mountain Man festival in West Virginia, happen to get run off the road by a serial killer, and - along with him - are arrested and hunted down by our loveable hillbilly friends in an effort to break their dad/uncle/bessie mate out of prison.
As usual, the deaths are fun and creative, and you genuinely don't care whether the characters live or die, so the sooner the better. And Roxanne Mckee plays her part well, despite receiving possibly the worst treatment in the film (I'm talking, of course, about THAT ending, but I'll not spoil it for those who have yet to see it).
I enjoyed the movie, although not quite as much as Bloody Beginnings. It didn't live up to that, nor did it live up to the first and second. However, it was better than the third movie, which so far, remains my least favourite. I'd definitely watch it again. Probably not as much as Dead End and Bloody Beginnings, and I think I'd need to have a few beers beforehand.
And if anyone can help with the identity of the antagonist, feel free to drop me a line.