Wrong Turn ★★★½

Ballsy move to take a franchise that’s, for the most part, been exclusively junk* and make the best entry a reboot that occurs six chapters into the series. Wisely tosses anything resembling ‘canon’ out the window for a politically charged reimagining that takes the piss out of any sort of “good folks on both sides” argument. But even if you don’t give a shit about any of that, this is sufficiently gnarly, smashing faces and twisting bodies in two separate backwoods adventures that delivers a pair of sequels for the price of one (and ALMOST justifies the near two hour runtime). Then there’s a coda that concludes with more brutal murder while the credits roll quietly over the active scene of carnage. Look, what I’m trying to say is that this movie has no right being this good but is another example as to why I’ll never stop watching VOD stuff that, on paper, seems like an awful idea.

*The first and second are fun. The rest? Not so much...