Director: Declan O’Brien | 91 minutes | horror | Actors: Doug Bradley, Camilla Arfwedson, Simon Ginty, Roxanne McKee, Paul Luebke, Oliver Hoare, Kyle Redmond-Jones, Amy Lennox, Duncan Wisbey, Radoslav Parvanov, George Karlukovski, Borislav Iliev, Peter Brooke, Finn Jones, Andrew Bone, Rosie Holden
What started in 2003 as a promising start to a great horror series has been reduced to a laughably weak franchise in no time. This is “Wrong Turn”. The fifteen springs counting original was still characterized by the gruesome atmosphere and the ruthless villains. Nothing of this can be seen in the sequels. Part five does not change that, despite the contribution of genre icon Doug “Pinhead” Bradley.
In the fifth wrong turn, it revolves around a group of young people. This company wants to visit the Mountain Man Festival. The event is a wild party of which sex, drink and mischief are the main ingredients. So far, so good. When our young friends cause a car accident, they end up in the cell of a Maynard (Bradley). These pater familias are at the head of a gang of cannibals, and these carnivores do everything they can to free the top man.
Well. The first “Wrong Turn” can still make use of good special effects, brutal slaughter and convincing make-up. That is different in the follow-up parts. The only similarity between the original and the sequels is the name. You could also say that villain “Three fingers” is a constant, but that’s not quite right. The nasty creep from 2003 cannot be compared to the clown in no-budget party mask from the sequels. The make-up is really horribly bad which is in keeping with most of the acting. Ouch, how sad this is! The only bright spot is Bradley, who with his natural charisma still provides some excitement and fun.
The murders are portrayed well, but at the same time look rather amateurish. Everything about “Wrong Turn 5” screams ignorance. This film is characterized by a lack of vision and budget. If you are looking for some kind of quality then you have come to the wrong place with this film. In fact, this is not a wrong turn, but a dead end.