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One Eye. Saw Tooth and Three Fingers to the audience
on 16 August 2017
The 'Wrong Turn' franchise fumbles along like a wayward simpleton with this fifth entry helmed by repeat offender Declan O'Brien and an attempt to ramp up proceedings by bringing in the horror big guns - this time, 'ol Pinhead himself Doug Bradley pops up to lend some class amongst the crass...
Our favourite backward loony-tune serial murderers The Hillicker Brothers (Three Finger, Saw Tooth and One Eye) are back in the woods still plying their trade of kidnapping teens and objecting them to 90 minutes of tedium (sorry, my mistake - that's the filmmakers) when they are joined by fellow sicko Maynard Odets (Bradley, going for redneck but managing Covent Garden) who somehow becomes their boss and begins pulling their strings... However, when stock teens Billy (Simon Ginty), Cruz (Amy Lennox), Lita (Roxanne McKee), Gus (Paul Luebke) and Julian (Oliver Hoare) arrive to celebrate the Mountain Man Music Festival for Halloween - the dinner bell is proverbially rung, alerting our hungry maniacs that a whole heap of fresh meat has just been put out on the table... Cue a series of 'inventive kills' (supposed bread and butter for this series) where our heroes are hunted by the Brothers until one final heroine emerges: Will she vanquish these socially challenged devils or will they reign over her - destined to torment again? I'm not gonna go into too much spoiler territory here, but (shhhhhh don't tell anyone) there's a 'Wrong Turn 6'...
This fifth movie in the franchise and the third to be directed by O'Brien (who also writes this dreck, true believers) following his turn on Parts 3 and 4 respectively is if honest - pretty much more of the same: Gratuitous sex, ropey CGI with juvenile splatter topped off with pre-school level acting and dumbo scenarios - but hey, I wasn't expecting high art! Its well produced in a lame direct to video kinda way and adheres to the rules of its own numbskull subgenre - sure, its stupid and aims for the lowest common denominator (think Troma or Full Moon) but if one's in the right frame of mind (drunk) for some mindless grue filled shenanigans - its not the worst thing in the world. Lead Roxanne McKee ('Game of Thrones', 'F' and erm... 'Hollyoaks') makes for an adequate lead ably supported by veteran horror icon Bradley, who although falters with his redneck characterisation still adds a spot of elderly statesmanship to the whole endeavor.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Video's DVD release sports one of those crispy digital transfers we all know and love with vibrant audio along with a set of okay-ish extra features. All in all, this one won't rock anyone's boat or inspire them to go out and put on a 'Wrong Turn' marathon event raising money for undervalued maniacs - but as a beer 'n buddies night in, its perfectly serviceable. And when I say serviceable - I mean just about watchable.