Wrong Turn

Wrong Turn

3.6 17
Director: Rob Schmidt, Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

Cast: Rob Schmidt, Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui


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A turn down an uncharted dirt road leads six young people into a night of pure terror in this horror story. Chris (Desmond Harrington) is driving through West Virginia on his way to a job interview when an auto accident slows highway traffic to a near standstill. Afraid he'll be late, Chris takes a detour down an old dirt road; a distracted Chris doesn't see an SUV


A turn down an uncharted dirt road leads six young people into a night of pure terror in this horror story. Chris (Desmond Harrington) is driving through West Virginia on his way to a job interview when an auto accident slows highway traffic to a near standstill. Afraid he'll be late, Chris takes a detour down an old dirt road; a distracted Chris doesn't see an SUV stuck in the middle of the road before it's too late, and he plows into the back after his tires suddenly blow. The driver of the SUV, Jessie (Eliza Dushku), was out on a camping trip with four of her friends -- Evan (Kevin Zegers), Francine (Lindy Booth), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Scott (Jeremy Sisto) -- when their tires went out, and as Jessie and Chris compare notes on their accidents, they discover that the road has been sabotaged with barbed wire. With both parties in need of a telephone, Evan and Francine are left to look after the cars while the other four set out to find help. However, Evan and Francine soon discover they've been led into a horrible trap, and as Chris, Jessie, and their friends search for help, they find that they've fallen victim not to local pranksters, but a gang of inbred backwoods killers with a taste for blood. Wrong Turn was produced in part by Stan Winston, a legendary special-effects artist whose work has appeared in such films as Jurassic Park, Aliens, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Wrong Turn is a horror film that thematically hearkens back to a number of groundbreaking terror films of the early to mid-'70s, such as Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, and in particular, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with which it shares not only a similar narrative conceit (seemingly normal kids are drawn into the way-scary orbit of a family of beastly "others") but also several set pieces (such as the carnage-strewn house and the creepy automotive graveyard). Unfortunately, director Rob Schmidt draws equally upon '90s teen horror in his approach, casting his leads with photogenically aerobicized teens who appear to have wandered away from some Dawson's Creek knockoff and who spout dialogue that's catty or stupid more often than it's enlightening or functional (especially whiny bride-to-be Emmanuelle Chriqui, whose performance practically guarantees the audience will be pleading for her painful demise). But director Schmidt is also a canny visual stylist who's sharp enough to keep his mood tense and his shocks inventive in the second and third acts, and if Wrong Turn doesn't hold a candle to vintage Tobe Hooper or Wes Craven for sheer disorienting horror (due at least in part to its more polished surfaces), it's significantly more powerful than 90 percent of what's come down the pike in the wake of Scream and it's self-consciously "clever" brethren, and the best moments pack a genuine wallop. Definitely worth a look for genre fans, though you may not want to stick around for the coda, which seems to serve no purpose other than opening the door for a possible sequel.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Commentary by director Rob Schmidt and stars Desmond Harrington and Eliza Dushku; Deleted scenes; 4 featurettes: The making of Wrong Turn, Eliza Dushku: Babe in the Woods, Stan Winstion, Fresh Meat: The Wounds of Wrong Turn

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Desmond Harrington Chris Finn
Eliza Dushku Jessie
Emmanuelle Chriqui Carly
Jeremy Sisto Thomas Avon
Kevin Zegers Evan
Lindy Booth Francine
Julian Richings Three Finger
Garry Robbins Saw-Tooth
Ted Clark One-Eye
Yvonne Gaudry Halley
Joel Harris Rich
David Huband Trooper
Wayne Robson Old Man
James Downing Trucker

Technical Credits
Rob Schmidt Director
Zeljka Alosiniac Set Decoration/Design
John S. Bartley Cinematographer
Hagen Behring Executive Producer
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Bill Collage Screenwriter
Anya Colloff Casting
Adam Cooper Screenwriter
Bob Crippen Asst. Director
Sven Ebeling Executive Producer
Erik Feig Producer
Randy Gerston Musical Direction/Supervision
Brian J. Gilbert Producer
Mitch Horwits Executive Producer
Alicia Keywan Production Designer
Robert Kulzer Producer
Elis Lam Art Director
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Alan B. McElroy Screenwriter
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Bradley North Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Pate Casting
Michael Ross Editor
Aaron Ryder Executive Producer
Caird Urquhart Casting
Patrick Wachsberger Executive Producer
Clare Walker Casting
Stan Winston Co-producer,Makeup Special Effects
Georgina Yarhi Costumes/Costume Designer


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Wrong Turn 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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I was dying to see it for months, when i went to go see it in theatres it was taken out for violence which made me even more excited. Than my mom bought it and i was dissapointed. The special effects were good but not as good as what Fangoria magazine said. And it kind of ripped off of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Hills Have Eyes. The best things about it were Aliza Dushku since shes hot, and the hillbillies because they were funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its not a great movie,not one of those that you will watch again probably but worth a one time watch anyways.A group of people are attacked and terrorize by a band of inbred-deformed people(?) in the mountains of West Virginia. The inbreds are 10 times worse than the folks in 'Deliverance'.Legendary effects man Stan Winston worked on this film and frankly I was disappointed with the quick shots on most of the inbreds--you didnt really get those long agonizing looks at these weirdos to see all the details of their grossness.And I wondered with all these terrible physical deformities of the inbreds how were they able to function so well.None of them were Stephen Hawkings but they could drive cars and make and shoot bows and arrows.The things were so deformed they couldnt talk and looked almost like monsters.I would have liked to seen them appear a bit more human.I think that would have made the tale even more scarier. But all in all it was a pretty good tale if not terribly original.There have been a slew of films about us inbred hicks attacking city slickers and this one is middle of the road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best horror movie, it has great acting with all the charactors! It has some gross scenes but if u like those tipes of movies it would be nothing to you! The plot was great as well! i would recomend it to people who likes scary movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw the comercials expecting... another off-the-wall ax murder movie. But it ended up being similar to my 3 favorite horror movies. TCM. the hills have eyes, and HOuse of 1000 corpses. A crazy plot, with funny, scacy, and just plain off-the-wall canabalism. I recomend it for people with, assorted, and disturbings tastes i horror movies
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was really disappointed about this movie.I read all these reviews and I got so hyped up. My sister was like 'Its the best movie ever!Its so0o0o0o scary!' Then when we rented it and watched it, we laughed at her. They so tried to copy Texas Chainsaw Massacre but w/ unreal freak-weirdos. My mom wasn't even scared! Its so predictable and unrealistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris(Desmond Harrington) is on his way to a job interveiw when he comes upon the end of a line of vehicles at a stand still due to a car accident. He takes a back road, that he thinks is a short cut, and runs into the back of an SUV stuck in the road. Chris, Jessie(Eliza Dushku), and two of her friends go looking for a phone. theyt leave two of Jessie's friends to lok after the car. They soon find out that that was a bad idea. What was supposed to be a peaceful camping trip and job interview turned out to be a fight for thier lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now this movie is hot this is a must see. This movie is good from the start to finish!!! Gotta see this movie if u already didnt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another stupid movie about "teens" getting murdered by a strange family...save your time and money
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this movie was very well done! The whole movie is very frightening and I think that all horror fans will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the movie was predictibal and not all that scary but it was still enjoyable. The acting it the movie was all good and the story was ok as well. I thought the stunts and the creature effects were awsome. All in all it was amovie i would watch more then once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is an excellent slasher flick! If you're into graphic murder scenes and don't really need an Oscar-winning plot to enjoy a movie, you'll love this! You'll have some jumps and laughs, which make for a great movie. BTW, I'm from the boonies of WV, and we don't really have mutant, in-bred, cannibalistic families living here--but I'm glad the movie uses my beautiful state. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutly terrifing, and leads you on a suspenful ride of jumps and tears. Everyone should watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wrong Turn is an original horror classic. It has smart, chilling scares with it. I know critics didn't like it, but that's their opinion. I loved this movie, it's one of my favorites. Wrong Turn Rated: R Starring: Eliza Dushku, Desmond Harrington, Emanuelle Chriqui, and Jeremy Sisto Running Time: 80 Minutes; 1 Hour 20 Minutes Director: Rob Schmidt
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