Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (Blu-ray/DVD)

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Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Blu-ray/DVD reviewStarring Sean Skene, Daniel Skene, Scott Johnson, Jennifer Pudavick, Tenika Davis

Directed by Declan O’Brien

Distributed by Fox Home Entertainment

When I popped in my screener of Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, I was prepared for the worst. After the abysmal Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, which was also directed by Declan O’Brien, how could I not? That flick was a train wreck from start to finish. So is Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings. Bad acting? Check! Bad script? Check. The only surprise to be found here is that it is so very bad that it’s borderline genius!

As the title indicates, this is a prequel to the 2003 original, and it opens in 1974, where we find everyone’s favorite disfigured mutants Three-Finger, One-Eye, and Saw-Tooth as mere lads locked away in a sanitarium. Through a series of ludicrous events they escape, and the shit hits the proverbial fan. Fast forward to 2003 (which was obviously the era that birthed the Justin Bieber do), and we find a group of friends looking to party in the dead of winter at a cabin somewhere in West Virginia. Of course they take a wrong turn and end up caught in a raging blizzard and have to seek shelter at the very same sanitarium that the disfigured brothers had escaped from. As you would imagine, things go very badly for our troupe, much to the delight of this reviewer.

Let me be clear: This flick is light years better than Wrong Turn 3, but that’s not saying very much, is it? A better subtitle for this particular film would have been Wrong Turn 4: Mutants vs. a Band of Random Idiots because you’re not likely to find a dumber group of kids anywhere. The laundry list of stupid acts committed by them is the stuff of magic. Come upon a locked door made completely out of glass? Why not exclaim, “We’re trapped!” and run the other way? The door you’re counting on to keep you safe from cannibal psychos has a gaping hole in it? So what! Barricade it with a chair! That’ll keep the loonies at bay!

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Blu-ray/DVD reviewBut wait! Said loonies aren’t exactly brain surgeons either. For instance … some of our victims are holed up in a room with a small piece of wood barring our cannibals from entering. Saw-Tooth, the beefiest of the three, is wielding the biggest damned drill you’ve ever seen, but does he use it on the door? No. Instead he shuts it off to try and shoulder block the thing open. After several unsuccessful attempts, he breaks through and then turns his drill back on. Really?

Then there’s the writing (also by Mr. O’Brien). Holy shit. Let me give you a few examples – Random chick wakes up looking for her boyfriend. Asks other chick if she’s seen him. Other chick replies, “No, I’ve been running for the last hour.” Running where? Around the room? There’s a friggin’ blizzard outside, remember? Our group is huddled together. “That’s Daniel screaming! We need to save him. What’re we waiting for?” Everyone stands still. There are so many of these instances that it’s actually hard to keep track of them all, and they lead straight to an ending that had me laughing so hard that tears literally welled up in my eyes!

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Blu-ray/DVD reviewHere’s the rub — Despite the silliness, plot holes, and inconsistencies, it still manages to get some stuff right. The kills are all good and mostly practical with slight CGI enhancements. Worthy of special mention is the fondue sequence that will have you grinning with guilty pleasure from ear-to-ear. The look of the mutants themselves is not only spot-on but pretty damned scary, and the snowy asylum setting is a refreshing step out of the woods. Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings hurls just about every horror cliche just short of a cat scare at you with gleefully reckless abandon. Our villains are here to cackle, maim, eat, and then cackle some more. Our victims are here to get naked, have sex, and die in horribly inventive ways. Simply put, the movie is young, dumb, and full of cum.

In terms of extras we get several things, starting off with a really dry but informative commentary from Declan O’Brien. Come on, dude! Where’s all the energy and silliness found in the film? This isn’t high art, man! Loosen up! From there we get several director’s diaries detailing the 19-day(!) shoot, your typical making-of, a featurette detailing the building the movie was shot in (which was of course haunted), and a decent music video by Saw-Tooth’s band The Blackout City Boys.

What we have here, kids, is one of those movies that’s so bad that it’s good. You can tell from watching the special features that everyone involved was having nothing short of a blast, and that translates onscreen. Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is the Congo of slasher movies. A circus of ridiculousness! Yes, it’s bad. Yes it’s juvenile. Yes, it’s mindless, but I’d watch it again in a heartbeat.

Special Features

  • Audio commentary with Declan O’Brien
  • Director’s Die-arys
  • Making Another Wrong Turn featurette
  • Lifestyles of the Sick and Infamous featurette
  • Music video from The Blackout City Kids

    Film – Overall Quality

    2 1/2 out of 5

    Film – Pure Entertainment Value

    4 out of 5

    Special Features

    3 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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    • MagusMaleficus

      Glenville Sanitarium? Really? Sweet Jesus…

      Yeah, I know, the sanitarium being in the wrong town should be the last thing I complain about as a native West Virginian… The whole mutant cannibal thing should bug me more. Strangely, it does not. There ARE some weird motherfuckers here…

      • ChrisLucente

        Awesome review… right on target… and I couldn’t agree more… just one thing… the ::picky, picky:: part of me just had to comment on this tidbit: re: the chick who was running for an hour? She said the night before that she was going to be running up and down the stairs IN the hospital. So that was at least explained, lol.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Yeah, but really, an hour up and down stairs? LOL Just more of the silliness I love this flick for!

          • ChrisLucente

            lol… i know, an hour up and down the freaking stairs IS a bit much… but like you said, all the more reason to love this silliness! and the ending shocked me, took me completely by surprise, and when a flick can do that to me, it’s always aces in my book!

            • kiddcapone

              The ending surprised you? It was a complete rip-off of 2001 Maniacs.