Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011) Review

Wrong Turn 4 Reviewby Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com

I recently called the WRONG TURN series the ultimate party franchise (or something like that). Reviewing No. 4 tonight, I was proven right. I had taken my seat and was about thirty minutes into the Declan O’Brien sequel and was getting into it when it started to flatline. Nothing out of the ordinary was happening and I was starting to get bored, and that’s a bad sign when your mind begins to wander just when the bodies are beginning to pile up.

I’d made it through the backstory of how our central inbred brothers came into being and how they escaped and took over a sanatorium in West Virginia. I’d even made it through how the supernaturally attractive group of friends had taken that wrong turn and ended up in the same hospital years later to avoid a snowstorm. I’d even made the leap in faith that all of them combined hadn’t an ounce of extra body fat on them. This I’d accepted, but now that the hillbillies were grunting whole conversations to each other, I was beginning to lose interest. And that’s death to a movie designed to be a wild ride.

And that’s when my eyes were opened by the fact that my front door is never locked. A couple of friends came over to see what I was up to, and along with my son, they talked me into starting the movie over so they could watch, too. And that’s when I realized the shame that not too many people are ever going to see this flick with an audience, because sitting there on my living room floor and sprawled out on my couch we had a damn good time with Wrong Turn 4.

The second time around, I was laughing out loud when the cannibals started tasting their creations. The group mentality of watching the cosmetically perfect cast get picked off was now a contest to see who lasted the longest. None of the characters are played for the douche bag types you normally get (Friday the 13th remake, we’re looking at you) so when they do buy it, you almost care.

Almost. Let’s face it, no one here is going to have to rent a tux come Oscar night, but I’d pay big bucks to hang out with this cast and throw popcorn at the TV when Eddie Murphy hosts next year.

WRONG TURN 4 is fun. It’s not going to make you forget Joe Lynch’s batshit crazy second film, and it doesn’t rewrite the history of the original, but it’s not insulting to your intelligence and it sure as hell doesn’t feel like a fast money grab. You can tell that the people behind it were having fun and really trying to do something different. Not enough was done with the winter setting or the Overlook-like locations, but now I’m getting picky. WRONG TURN 4 delivers what it promises: gory, goofy fun.

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