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nikki’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“Don’t forget it’s movie and pizza night.. the boys picked something about inbred cannibals.”
Wrong Turn is a 2021 horror film directed by Mike P. Nelson and serves as a reboot of the Wrong Turn franchise. It follows friends hiking the Appalachian Trail who are confronted by 'The Foundation', a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.
I recently covered all of the Wrong Turn franchise in preparation for this reboot and found that with each passing entry, it seemed to get worse, culminating in the downright awful sixth film.
Whilst Wrong Turn (2021) ditches the classic inbred cannibals for a cult based storyline along the lines of The Wicker Man or Midsommar, it almost instantly manages to be an improvement on several of the franchise’s entries with a likeable group of diverse characters all played by actually capable actors.
The film isn’t perfect — it’s overlong and certainly loses itself in its second act but with an atmosphere similar to The Blair Witch Project, a surprisingly capable final girl, interesting social commentary and plenty amounts of bloodshed, the film manages to be one of the best entries in the franchise.
Overall, though it isn’t even close to being a perfect film, Wrong Turn is a serviceable reboot that holds its own as its own project too. Also, stay for the credits, trust me.