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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
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by William Goss

"Two Wrongs, One Right"
3 stars

In all fairness, no one expects squat from most any direct-to-video horror sequel, especially one with the words 'Wrong Turn' in the title. In spite of the original’s skimpy box office gross and apparently enough rentals to greenlight a low-end follow-up – as so many other unremarkable horror flicks seem to merit – the prospect of more backwoods cannibal shenanigans seemed all too easy to pass up.

And then, against all (admittedly sagging) expectations, helmer Joe Lynch did something strange: he did Wrong Turn right.

Granted, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is every bit as derivative as its predecessor; let’s face it, there’s only so much ground one can cover so far as ‘inbred cannibal survival horror’ goes. However, this outing proves nowhere near as staggeringly unremarkable (faint praise be damned).

Taking place shortly after WT1, six participants in a televised faux-survival competition hosted by the likes of one Henry Rollins (!) inevitably find themselves stumbling across the very same patch of West Virginia wilderness that those hillbillies who somehow grow stronger with increasing inbreeding call home.

Carnage, as it so often does, ensues, and whatever WT1 couldn’t pull off with a straight face, WT2 does with a smirk, a wink, and a spring in its step, if only when it comes to that lowest common denominator of direct-to-video fare, nifty gore, and Lynch doesn’t even wait five minutes to sate the horror junkie’s appetite for the red stuff. Besides, where else are you about to get your hearty helping of hillbilly humping from? (Yeah, it’s that kind of movie.)

Although the reality TV angle doesn’t seem quite that fresh and the ensemble’s a little bland overall – Erica Leerhsen and Crystal Lowe are only a little less the victims they were in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Black Christmas remakes, respectively, with the same going for token black guy Texas Battle (Final Destination 3) and tough Latina chick Daniella Alonso (The Hills Have Eyes II) – it’s arguable lead Rollins who easily solidifies the gung-ho spirit of the film itself. Just try and find someone else better equipped at dishing out inbred cannibal whoop-ass and the occasional wisecrack.

Between its cut-to-the-chase screenplay by “Smallville” scribes Al Septien and Turi Meyer, newcomer Lynch’s lively direction, and its fair share of cool kills, 'Wrong Turn 2' is that one-in-a-hundred DTV effort that deserves to plucked off a shelf and enjoyed with buds and brews alike.

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User Comments

11/17/10 Ben Raffles mostly interesting characters, for a change! 4 stars
3/01/08 Ivana Mann Purposefully gratuitous horror-comedy is surprisingly entertaining--not what I expected! 3 stars
2/04/08 Veronica Jarvis I really enjoyed this movie...even better than the first which is hard to do sometimes! 4 stars
1/29/08 Rollie Smart about its horror? Are you kidding me? Cheap, gory thrills, and moron characters. 1 stars
12/18/07 Thomas Pacheco this is believe it or not a great sequal with original twists 4 stars
11/01/07 cody a slick in your face sequel, with plenty of gore, but lack in suspense and scary moments. 3 stars
10/23/07 babelover this is the shittttt 5 stars
10/16/07 mike GREAT movie for direct to DVD! Lots of gore. Better than the first! 5 stars
10/15/07 shawn niedermeyer part one was a classic. this was garbage. so dissapointed. rename it wrong garbage 1 stars
10/14/07 David Pollastrini Good gore and hot women! 5 stars
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