Noob Reviews: Wrong Turn (2021)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Wrong Turn?
Released in early 2021, Wrong Turn is the seventh entry in the Wrong Turn franchise of movies and sees us drastically change direction from hillbilly cannibals in the woods to a more believable and realistic set of events.
Having gone against the advice of the local townsfolk when heading off on the Appalachian Trail through rural Virginia. Jennifer Shaw and her friends find themselves lost and trespassing in the lands of a reclusive tribe known as The Foundation - after their search for an old civil war fort goes horribly wrong and proves fatal for one of their members. Unfortunately for the friends, things will soon become a lot worse the deeper into The Foundation territory they go.
Luckily for the group, The Foundation are not complete savages and are open to negotiation and potentially letting them leave the mountain if they swear never to speak of their presence. Or that could have been the scenario if one of the friends (Adam) had not transgressed against their laws.
Just as a disclaimer, I should mention that depending on where you find Wrong Turn or reviews on Wrong Turn, some refer to it as a 2020 title and others as 2021. It was initially due for a 2020 release but was delayed due to the COVID pandemic.
What type of genre is Wrong Turn?
Wrong Turn is classified as a horror.
What age rating is Wrong Turn?
Wrong Turn has an age rating of eighteen.
How long is Wrong Turn?
Wrong Turn has a runtime of one hour and forty-nine minutes.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from One Media’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Wrong Turn (2021) on Amazon here, along with the six original Wrong Turn films in the series.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a complete cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think about Wrong Turn (2021)?
When first seeing the trailer for Wrong Turn (2021), I had mixed feelings as I have been a huge fan of the original movies for so many years, but I was willing to embrace the change and experience the new. Unfortunately, change is not always a good thing.
Before we begin, I’ll just nod towards the fact that the Wrong Turn fan base is split into the hardcore fans who believe the films are fantastic. Warts and all. And those who say that the franchise was starting to become repetitive and a bit stale. The following points are my personal point of view, and I have tried to consider both sides.
When it comes to the original Wrong Turn films, they were mainly centred around three deformed hillbilly cannibal brothers who hunted and feasted upon a selection of prey that came into their forest. The film plots were wild, beyond belief and a fun form of escapism for horror fans as they could get seriously bloody. And very gory. At the drop of a hat. Unfortunately, the chemistry that made them work so well was thrown out of the window for the 2021 film. Even though Wrong Turn 2 touched on the family themes. 2021 decides to go big or go home and set up an entire settlement, known as The Foundation, which just negates any real sense of terror you get from been hunted by a small number of near-indestructible assailants. Instead, it plays out like someone’s warped American survivalist fears.
Looking at the story for Wrong Turn 2021, it also becomes hugely bloated and overdone, stretching itself too thin and never developing itself at all when it comes to character development or backstory. Although the Wrong Turn films have never been perfect, they did at least attempt to have depth and lore to them, whereas 2021 is essentially themed around a cult in the woods. Whether it be television shows, other films or books, this theme has been done repeatedly to a lot better standard and again falls flat as it moved so drastically away from the core elements of the first films. Core elements that they were known for.
Acting-wise, the actors and actresses do appear to give (for the most part) their roles their all, with Jennifer Shaw (Charlotte Vega) coming across as a somewhat strong lead female character. Venable (Bill Sage), the head of The Foundation, is a brutal but efficient ruler of The Foundation’s lands. Scott Shaw (Matthew Modine) is the doting never give up father who comes looking for Jennifer. And Ruthie (Rhyan Elizabeth Hanavan), who has very few voice lines, does a fantastic job of delivering her scenes with primarily body language. But again, they fall victim to relatively weak development and cringe-worthy one-liners that at times had me rolling my eyes. For example, at one stage, the group of friends do a nod towards the move away from hillbilly cannibals - a factor that made the franchise what it is and yet they mock it. If the film had been decent, it would have been funny, but in all honesty, it’s just biting the hand that feeds.
From a locations point of view and the filming, the cinematography is beautifully captured, and rural Virginia is a jaw-dropping backdrop on which our story unfolds. And these are two huge bonuses to the movie.
Overall the film is watchable, and in its own right, it is a pretty decent horror film. It’s very light on the blood, guts and gore for the majority of its run time. And it features a lot more human interest and social themes than you usually get in a horror film - which may even appeal to more people.
If there was a Wong Turn 2022 or 2023 (as they use to be released two years apart), I would definetly watch it. But don’t go into it expecting a prologue or franchise reboot, as you’ll most likely end up disappointed.
What rating would you give Wrong Turn (2021)?
I would rate Wrong Turn (2021) 2.8 out of 5 bananas.
Set within stunning rural Virginia with a great cast who give their all to their roles, Wrong Turn (2021) is a fun little watch that will kill a few hours. However, when compared against its predecessors, it’s too far removed to really compare. I loved the originals, and the new direction just seems so overplayed and generic. Personally, I would have loved a Wrong Turn 8 that stuck with the original themes, but that’s just me. Wrong Turn was infamous for its hillbilly cannibals and fights for survival against the most brutal opponents, and it’s a shame to see that being replaced after so many years.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Wrong Turn (2021) and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion, you can find it on Amazon here.