Worth A Look: 18.88%
Pretty Bad: 13.27%
Total Crap: 19.39%
9 reviews, 142 user ratings
"Wrong Turn" gives a whole new twist to the child's limerick, "A is for archer who shoots with a bow." Since I saw the film, I can't read that limerick without getting creeped out."Wrong Turn" gives a whole new twist to the child's limerick, "A is for archer who shoots with a bow." Since I saw the film, I can't read that limerick without getting creeped out.
"Extremely creepy and realistic."
"Wrong Turn" is one of the best horror/slasher films, I have ever seen. I say that even though a lot of reviewers rubbish this movie.
WARNING - In order to review this film and discuss its meaning, I have to reveal the ending. So . . . if you don't want to know what happens in the end, please don't read this until after you have seen the film.
What, to me, makes this movie so outstanding is the realism it has. (I'm not saying it is realistic in everything, but it has enough reality to be feel true.)
The evil characters (who are quite seriously disturbed individuals and also cannibals) seem believable. They are probably not very smart but have an uncanny ability to survive. Even though the cannibals are exaggerated for dramatic affect, they seemed like types who could, hypothetically exist in the forgotten back woods of America. (The evil ones in Wrong Turn are just much more in-bred and than those in Deliverance.)
I found the evil characters totally engrossing. They were like the terminator in that they "will not stop".
The archer was, to me, the most interesting character in that he was relentless and a really good shot. The marksmanship displayed by the archer in the film is unbelievably skillful.
The shot that killed the cop could not have been a easy one. (Unless he was shooting for the cop's chest, and missed, hitting the policeman's head - but it would still be a skilled shot.)
I think the archer is the key figure in the film. He dominated the chase scenes and shots of his quiver were shown many times. That made me feel the absolute menace of the character. His bow had a lot of penetrating power, and probably would be very hard for an ordinary person to draw. For example, in the scene where the victims stole the cannibal's tow truck to get away, and the guy who distracted the cannibals got shot with arrows when trying to get back to his friends, we see the skill of the archer and the power of his bow. (The archer fired three shots which were totally accurate: all closely spaced, and driving halfway through the person.)
One of the other evil characters was quite enthusiastic about pursuing his prey. He hooted, etc. when chasing the people. He seemed more mentally disturbed that the others.
I think the entire scene from where the victims stole the cannibals' truck to make their escape till the guy was shot with the arrows was well done. (It was a nice touch having the heroine drive the truck instead of a guy.)
One had to feel sorry for the victims. They were very naive in that they went to the evil guys' cabin expecting to simply use the phone and ask for help. Like some young people who may not have a lot of experience with the evil of the world, the victims were not frightened away by the appearance of the evil men's cabin.
There was two parts that I did find distracting. First, there was the part where one of the female victims insisted on finding a bathroom when she and the other victims were in the cannibal's cabin. I don't understand why her boyfriend didn't just tell her to go outside and squat. (Be that as it may, who would want to use the toilet in that cabin, stuff could be growing in it.) Secondly, from the number of vehicles stored near the cabin, the cannibals had probably been snatching and eating people for a long time. I think in the real world the cannibals would have been discovered and institutionalized long before they could have killed so many people. (Possibly a few less cars of former victims around the cannibal's cabin would make the story more realistic.) Maybe then one could believe that the bad guys hadn't been caught because they had been up to their bad business for a relatively short time.
The film had a high level of suspense and kept me wondering how the victims were going to save themselves. The story maintained my interest throughout.
Also, the film feels realistic to me because the landscape in which the story takes place is believable.
I was disappointed that the film ended in a way which left an opening for (most likely) a weak and pathetic sequel. I wish horror films wouldn't do that. (But I have learned to accept it.)
See this film. And buy it. I did, and was happy I did so. Any friends who came over and liked horror films would have to watch it. And I showed it to several different groups of friends. They all liked it and felt it was a unique horror film."A is for archer who shoots with a bow." That creeps me out now.
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originally posted: 04/14/11 16:19:38