Movie review ‘Wrong Turn: the Foundation’ (2021) & Wrong Turn (2003)

WRONG TURN: THE FOUNDATION

  • Director: Mike P. Nelson
  • With: Charlotte Vega, Matthew Modine, Adain Bradley, Bill Sage, Daisy Head
  • Duration: 1h49
  • Music by: Stephen Lukach
  • My rating: 2/5
  • Mid- or post-credit scene: no (scene during end credits)
Blu ray 2021 Wrong Turn reboot

Synopsis:

Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by ‘The Foundation’, a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.

Review: (contains spoilers)

I know I’m going to sound like a maniac or a sadist but this movie lacks the gore. In the original Wrong Turn you get to see the kills, which makes it a great horror movie. This one always shies away from the actual kills (like when Milla falls in the pit, she disappears but you never see the impaling, neither do you see the arrow actually being shot in her, killing her)

Only the bludgeoning of Adam is shown partly.

Not every movie should have a level of gore that Eli Roth brings, I know. But still, you either make a good horror movie and show us the gory details, or you don’t? And this kind of movie should offer at least some of the gore, I think…

The entire movie feels forced, feels unrealistic. There aren’t many characters in the movie I felt a connection to. That makes it hard to have sympathy when one is killed or maimed.

It’s quite clear that, although very different from any Wrong Turn sequel before this one, it does not top the original Wrong Turn. In my opinion a redundant reboot, very badly executed… I might have liked it better (not by much but still) if they hadn’t added it to the Wrong turn franchise.

I’m no fan and feel like it’s money wasted… even the very few good scenes couldn’t save it for me, unfortunately (I almost switched it off halfway)

I even enjoyed Netflix’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre better than this one…

WRONG TURN (2003, original)

  • Director: Rob Schmidt
  • With: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Desmond Harrington, Kevin Zegers, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Lindy Booth
  • Duration: 1h24
  • Music by: Elia Cmiral
  • My rating: 8,5/10
  • Mid- or post-credit scene: yes
The original Wrong Turn

Synopsis:

Chris and a group of five friends are left stranded deep in the middle of the woods after their cars collide. As they venture deeper into the woods, they face an uncertain and bloodcurdling fate.

Review:

When this movie came out it became one of my favourite horror movies ever made, especially of the 2000’s. Rewatching this after all these years confirms the love for this mix between The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills have Eyes…

It’s such a shame that so many bad sequels and recently an even worse reboot (see above) was released (some franchises aren’t meant to be touched, I guess)

But this remains to be a suspenseful movie with the right amount of gore, not too much… there are a few very ingenious kills.

Don’t wander into the woods because you might not find your way back!

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