Best line: â€śTheyâ€™re stripping pieces of flesh off of Daniel, theyâ€™re boiling it in oil, and theyâ€™re eating himâ€¦theyâ€™reâ€¦theyâ€™re eating him alive like some fu*#ed up fondue.â€ť
Interesting observation: Potatoes apparently go with anything.
I own the first three Wrong Turns. As you may know from my earlier reviews, Iâ€™m a collector like that. Meaning, I donâ€™t like to not have a complete collection of a franchise, regardless of how bad they are (which reminds me, I need to re-up on my Final Destinations.). Consequently, even Wrong Turn 3 is in the collection; though I doubt Iâ€™ll ever watch it again. Unlike the first two which were excellent, it was truly crap. So, needless to say, I didnâ€™t have high hopes for this incarnation of the series. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised.
Theyâ€™ve taken the â€śformulaâ€ť and reworked it into something that isnâ€™t torturous to watch. Too many times of late the â€śformulaâ€ť is evidence of lack of creativity rather than a nod to a â€śif it ainâ€™t broke donâ€™t fix itâ€ť kind of premise. The â€śformulaâ€ť: College kids + vacation + seemingly innocuous destination + unknown heinous human killing machine(s) = good times. The kicker in the equation for Wrong Turn 4 is that these college students have fight in them. They are made aware of their predicament early on and choose not to take it lying down.
Itâ€™s this kind of resistance that adds an extra layer of tension to the film. For once, the college kids in question arenâ€™t dupes. They approach their unfortunate situation with critical thinking skills, and thatâ€™s a novelty. I mean, theyâ€™re not MacGuyver-ing anything, but the decisions they make and the plans they come up with seem reasonable enough.
This doesnâ€™t help them much, however, as their nemeses, three inbred cannibals with the inability to feel pain, are also tremendously crafty. Iâ€™ve never seen a chainsaw modified into a freaking drillâ€¦have you? (Fantastic weapon, by the way!) They also have a bit of a three stooges appeal to them which lends levity to the film that has to be there in order to not be utterly ridiculous. I love it when movies like this donâ€™t take themselves too seriously. Thereâ€™s a scene where one of them, appropriately named One-Eye, starts choking on a bit of human flesh. The other two, not wise in the way of Heimlich, just kind of start beating him on the back. This results in One-Eye coughing up the chunk of flesh across the table, directly into their pot of boiling oil. Thereâ€™s a beatâ€¦then their leader starts laughing. It loses a little in translation, but it was a great moment in the film.
So, kudos to you, Mr. Declan Oâ€™Brien, for bring some honor back to this franchise. The first two were awesome inbred-cannibal films that truly helped redefine that subgenre of horror. The third installment was an insult to it. Iâ€™m happy to say that this fourth iteration will have its place next to the other three in my collection, and will actually be viewed again.
Wrong Turn 4 (2011)