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Wrong Turn - Film Review

Wrong Turn (2003)

Director – Rob Schmidt

Starring – Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Julian Richings.

Wrong Turn is your typical early 2000’s slasher flick that stays within the lines of cheesy horror and leaves the audience knowing exactly what to expect.

It starts off with protagonist Chris (Desmond Harrington) who is running late to an important meeting due to being stuck in traffic. After deciding to take a short cut along a back road, he accidently crashes into Jessie (Eliza Dushku) and her friends, leaving none of them with a working vehicle. Forced to wander along a long, deserted road to find help, the group end up running for their lives after being hunted by three deformed cannibals.

This was a fun watch and has a decent amount of gore without being overdone. It's one of those horrors that allows you to switch your brain off and not over think everything. There were a few things that bother me though regarding the story. There was little character development; only Chris is given any backstory - as a doctor in training - which may as well never be mentioned as he doesn’t utilise his skills. The only aim of the plot, it appears, is to throw a bunch of characters together and watch them be killed off one by one.

The film plays out exactly how you think it will, so if you’re hoping for something with a little depth, then you're going to be disappointed. I didn't take this film too seriously and enjoyed it for its cheesy horror moments. If you love horror movies and appreciate them for what they are, then this film is for you.

I’ll give this a 7/10

Reviewed by Lynsey McLaughlin for Hellhound

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