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WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Joe Lynch

Starring:
Erica Leerhsen
Henry Rollins
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What's it about
West Virginia's favorite inbreds return to slaughter the cast of a reality show that's filming in their neck of the woods.
Is it good movie?
Iíve never been a big fan of DTV sequels as theyíre usually just a cheap attempt at squeezing some extra cash out of a moderate hit. A lot of the time, the sequel is completely unnecessary, which most sequels are anyway. But that doesnít say anything about horror. With DTV films, it presents an opportunity to do something new, different, unique with horror. After all, the filmmakers wonít have to worry about ratings or toning things down for mass appeal (i.e. now they can go for broke on the gore). It could serve as the modern version of the drive-in, without the crackling speaker box of course. With that said, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End accomplishes that. Itís a splatter film that echoes some of the best cheap 1980ís gore films as it has some of the better death scenes Iíve seen in a long time. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End lets the blood fly as the inbreed West Virginia killers continue feeding on unsuspecting city dwellers. This time, the victims are reality show contestants, thrown into the woods to survive with cameras watching. The film starts with a bang as the leading lady from the show takes a wrong turn (bad pun) and ends up being spilt in two by an axe. A tremendous effect that will shock the unshockable fan. And the blood doesnít stop there as the inbreeds wage war against the city folks, throwing hatchets, slinging arrows, and just screwing people up.

Now as soon as the reality show plot came in, I had worries. It automatically reminded of Halloween: Resurrection or Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, though I never did finish that one. Itís been done before to usual crappy results. But even as annoyed as I was with the reality aspect, it somehow worked to near perfection. Wrong Turn 2: Dead End doesnít stick with it too long, so the first person camera didnít become a simple camera effect.

While I had no idea who the rest of the cast was, I loved Henry Rollins here as a generic Rambo. Heís an ex-marine and the showís host. But once things go bad, Rollins turns pure Rambo and starts his own hunt. My only complaint comes from that the filmmakers didnít use that idea more instead of the standard regular Joe Blow (or a Jo Blo) overcoming odds. I wanted more Rollins. Heís a dude with limited acting range, but it doesnít matter. Heís an ass kicker, and if youíre a mutated inbred, watch out. And speaking of inbreeds, director Joe Lynch did a fine job adding a bit of humility to them, showing a family side of them that added to their creepiness. Theyíre great villains. Just think Deliverance only minus Mr. Reynolds and the hillbillies a bit more, well, gross.
Video / Audio
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Video: Widescreen
The Extras
Audio Commentary: Director Joe Lynch and actors Erica Leerhsen and Henry Rollins provide audio. Lynch comes across like a cool cat and thereís a lot of great history of horror and tidbits. Good stuff.

Making Gore Look Good: 11 minute doc about the gore of the film. Who doesnít love these?
Last Call
An excellent, thoughtless movie that answers any fans thirst for gore. The plot moves along, the characters are paper thin, but sometimes it doesnít matter. Go on now, and get this sucker and watch Rollins go Rambo.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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