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WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS
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Reviewed by: Eric Walkuski

Directed by: Declan O Brien

Starring:
Jennifer Pudavick
Tenika Davis
Sean Skene
Kaitlyn Wong

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What's it about

The (origin) story of the deformed, demented Hillicker brothers and some of their earliest victims, a group of lame-brained snow bums who decide to wait out a storm in an abandoned mental hospital.

Is it good movie?

While in the first three WRONG TURN films we followed the horrific misadventures of the grotesque Three-Finger and the various members of his inbred clan, BLOODY BEGINNINGS lives up to its title by bringing us back to Three-Finger's early days as a young freak living in an abandoned mental asylum. The flick also reunites us with Saw-Tooth and One-Eye, for those who have been missing the brutish cretins ever since the first film.

However, you shouldn't let the whole prequel angle fool you. After a brief prologue in which we meet our three villains as troublemaking teenagers in an asylum (they kill their captors and release the rest of the crazies), we're brought to 2003, so the ghoulish gang is basically the way we met them in WRONG TURN. (Frankly, I think following the Hillicker clan as teens would have been a more intriguing route to go, but whatever.) We're then introduced to a predictable array of personality-free twenty-somethings who will have to make due as our protagonists, and even by this genre's standards, this is a lame bunch. I was hard-pressed throughout the movie to remember any of their names; even the "final girl" (who is obvious from the start because she's not doing drugs or having sex) doesn't make a distinct impression. Our nameless pals are on their way to a cabin in the West Virginia mountains to enjoy some quality skiing when a violent storm waylays them and they're forced to take shelter in an abandoned hospital. Shockingly, the hospital really hasn't changed much since the events of the prologue; evidently no one has ever checked on it, because our three mutant antagonists have full run of the place, using it as their home and hunting ground. (A lot of weary travelers must get stranded there.)

And so it goes, the villains kill the friends one by one in twisted ways: One gal gets pulverized by a giant drill; another gets decapitated by a barbed-wire noose. In the film's grisliest scene, one fellow gets sliced apart slowly by the brothers, who proceed to make a fondue with his flesh. Yum!

It should go without saying that this is one of those horror movies where you just wait for the disgusting kills; the rest of the screentime is a bore. Like a FRIDAY THE 13TH flick, the WRONG TURN series is about rooting for the villain to cut up his prey; we don't have any connection to the lead characters, we just want to see them dispatched in creatively awful ways. On that level, WRONG TURN 4 certainly works: the deaths are gruesome and fun, and the gory make-up (a combination of CG and practical effects) is suitably impressive. The script is completely devoid of anything surprising, save for maybe the last minute, when the movie concludes with a goofy punchline. As most of this plays like a comedy, it's the perfect way to wrap up this lunacy.

Video / Audio

Video: The picture is relatively crisp and clear, and the film - while cheap in more than a few ways - has a surprisingly professional look.

Audio: Nothing to complain about.

The Extras

Making Another Wrong Turn: An enjoyable featurette that includes interviews with the cast and crew, as well as an in-depth look at the creation of the make-up effects. Also shows you around the film's location, which was an actual abandoned asylum.

Director's Die-ary: Another, shorter, featurette, this one mainly focused on director Declan O'Brien as he starts each day in the below-freezing temperatures of Winnipeg.

Deleted scenes: There's a whole bunch of these, but most are just extended versions of scenes that are already in the film. None of it was missed in the final cut.

Feature Commentary with director Declan O'Brien: O'Brien is a likable narrator, so fans of director's commentaries will dig this.

A music video

Last Call
If you're picking up a copy of WRONG TURN 4, then you already know what you're getting into: a bloody 90 minutes of gross-out gags and brainless entertainment.
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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