March 23rd 2007 01:39
Produced by Hollywood special effects legend Stan Winston (Dead & Buried, Aliens, Predator, Island of Dr Moreau), Wrong Turn (2003) was a personal project of his, wanting to make a back to basics (for Hollywood) horror movie with a nasty menacing tone and numerous violent shocks. Think Friday the 13th (1980) meets Deliverance (1972)
WARNING! CONTAINS SPOILERS!
This extended sequence also features one of the best demises in recent horror flicks with poor Carly up a tree receiving an axe blow neatly decapitating half her head. We watch in extreme close-up the light fading from her eye as the camera pulls back and up revealing the axe embedded in the tree trunk, her body and half head falling away ricocheting off the branches. Nicely done Schmidt!
Ultimately it's the tight editing, strong visuals, well-executed gore (most of which is CGIed, but hey …), plus a spunky bunch of actors, three vicious killers, and a concise running time (just over 80 minutes) that makes Wrong Turn a sickly sweet scary little outdoors package. Mmmm, the pine smells good in these ‘ere woods.
Here's the original teaser trailer:
* images on this page are courtesy of www.outnow.ch and www.beyondhollywood.com
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