Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead (Unrated)
by Del Harvey
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I really enjoyed the first in the Wrong Turn films. It had all the madness of the original Texas Chainsaw combined with the stalker/slasher insanity of the original Friday the 13th. Plus it featured actors Desmond Harrington (Dexter), Eliza Dushku (), and Jeremy Sisto (Law and Order). It was a fresh take on the two subsets of the horror genre.
Now comes Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead - Unrated, released on Blu-Ray and DVD on October 20th. Unfortunately, this sequel resembles the original in concept only; its execution really misses the mark.
In this version, we follow four twenty-somethings as they take a whitewater rafting trip. They are your typical college kids right from Central Casting. Here are the highlights of the film: One lights up a joint. A woman with an impressive bust pops her top. Sexual shenanigans result in bloody carnage. What could have been a very exciting start to any formula horror flick is completely ruined by poor set design (particularly, the garish neon-colored costumes and characters who look like they haven’t been in a canoe for more than 5 minutes), combined with poor lighting and some pretty snore-worthy camera work.
The Wrong Turn franchise has some must-have basic elements, and while those are included, they clearly were not well thought Sure, the characters are stalked by a tribe of inbred cannibals and end up having to fight to survive. But the overly contrived storyline about escaped cons endlessly arguing over bags of money, how they will carry the bags of money, and how they will double-cross each other to escape with the bags of money just feels wrong here. I realize someone imagined this concept, once upon a time, but it was really the person who greenlit this beast who should be held liable.
The result is sure to please if all you want is some horror film on the television screen, but… well, I really don’t want to say anything more if I can’t say anything good. Instead, I’ll tell you about the extras included in the Blu-Ray and DVD.
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Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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