Wrong Turn TrailerBy RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies
It’s time to head back to the woods. Wrong Turn, a modern remake/reboot, or whatever you want to call it. This one is based on the 2003 film of that same name. That film launched a whole franchise, but this new film is just called Wrong Turn again, and it looks a little different.
It looks surprisingly good. Once again, it typically involves a group of young adults who head into the Appalachian woods only to confront a horde of killers. The villains in the original were inbred mutant cannibals, while in the new Wrong Turn, it’s a group identified as The Foundation, which appears to be some sort of survivalist militia.
The first Wrong Turn, in which college students are targeted by mutant cannibals in the savage West Virginia wilderness. Is it award-worthy? Oh, God no. It’s a trash fire, but it’s an entertaining trash fire. Even some of the sequels are kind of fun too. But I am biased. The originals were set in and around fictional Fairlake, West Virginia(Greenbrier County). Which is around 15 miles down the road from my house. What I find ironic about it is the fact Greenbrier County is like the wealthiest county in the state.
Now for the reboot. This is a good trailer. Trailers are, by nature, deceptive. They’re designated to lure you in. So while the final film could turn out horrible, this trailer sells the new Wrong Turn exceedingly well. Here is the synopsis:
The film follows Jen (Charlotte Vega), who sets out to hike the Appalachian Trail with a group of friends. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course. They cross into a land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life. Suddenly under siege, Jen and her friends seem headed to the point of no return, unless Jen’s father (Matthew Modine) can reach them in time.
As I said above, the original film featured mutant cannibals, complete with gnarly make-up effects. This trailer keeps the antagonists hidden. But based on the footage and that synopsis, this makes it sound like they’re a group of militant survivalists rather than inbred monsters. Not entirely sure how I feel about that. I hope it isn’t another hack political movie we have been getting lately. Mike P. Nelson, director of The Domestics, helms the film from a script by Alan B. McElroy, writer of the original Wrong Turn. Look for it in theaters for one night only on January 26, 2021, after which I presume it’ll head to VOD.
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