WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Matthew Currie Holmes
What's it about
Once again, the crazy hillbillies are back to kill a bunch of reality show idiots who disturb their peaceful slumber.
Is it good movie?
I know it's pretty obvious that a direct to video sequel to a movie that a lot of people didn't really like probably won't be very good. With that being said, I was among the few people who really enjoyed the first Wrong Turn and thought it was mindless bloody entertainment. And it's not like things would go way downhill with a sequel, right?
Well, I'm happy to say that I was pleased to watch Wrong Turn 2 and although I have a few complaints, I can say that this movie is way better than I thought it had any right to be and fits in just fine. It's certainly better than the next sequel, but we'll save that review for another time.
Here's why I liked Wrong Turn 2. The first reason I enjoyed it so much is because it has a big set of brass hangers that pull no punches (if you're conjuring up images of brass testicles that are punching, then enjoy that imagery). This is a nasty, nasty, nasty movie and that's the main reason I enjoyed it so much. People are getting sliced in half, axed in the face, ground into mush, you name it. Even the nastiest gorehound will likely cringe at a few of the deaths. Other than that, I like Henry Rollins as the lame-ass crazy reality show meathead host. He's not a great actor but the man is entertaining.
As for the bad stuff? Well you've seen this lame reality show plotline before and it's no better here. It's just an excuse to have cameras everywhere to kill people, and I would like to see the lame angle retired. Also, I thought the hillbillies were stupid looking in this one and really cartoony. They tried to add a whole family aspect, but I didn't buy it and thought that the villains in general drop the movie down a notch, even though they're brutal.
So you see, although it isn't perfect, not every horror sequel has to suck just because it's DTV!
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, in glorious 1080p. This is some top notch stuff, the digital film format really makes the movie look great on Blu-Ray.
Audio's best track is English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. If you want to hear demented hillbilly laughter right behind you, this is the best way to do it.
First up is a Commentary by Director Joe Lynch and Actors Erica Leerhsen and Henry Rollins, and it's a fun track full of great tidbits an people who enjoyed being a part of this film. Good track!
Care for another Feature Commentary w/ Writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien? Well, too bad because there's one here and I didn't enjoy it very much. Did this movie really need a writer commentary?
More Blood, More Guts: The Making of Wrong Turn 2 is a pretty standard behind the scenes featurette, running about 10 minutes long and not going into very much detail.
On Location with P-nut is a stupid little 2 minute scene featuring a look at inbred cannibal incest. Hooray!
Making Gore Look Good is easily the best feature on this disc, as it gives you 11 minutes of great behind the scenes stuff that focuses on the meat of the movie- the gore.
I've said it before, I'll say it again- I dug Wrong Turn 2. Sure, the plot is rehashed and the characters are disposable, but the movie is fun and the screen is splattered with more gore than you can shake an arrow at. I recommend it for those looking for an old school, fun horror flick.