Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (DVD)
Directed by Joe Lynch
Distributed by Fox Home Entertainment
Wrong Turn 2. So fucking what? That was my initial reaction to the announcement of this flick. I mean honestly, who exactly was clamoring for a sequel? Still the original Wrong Turn made some coin and had a cliffhanger ending (for those of you who hung around during the end credits) so I guess it was inevitable. I was looking forward to this flick about as much as I was my next trip to the dentist. Then something weird happened. Positive buzz started generating. It started with my cohort Johnny Butane's Wrong Turn 2 set visit. Johnny was pretty impressed with what he saw. Me? I was pretty shocked. Here's a flick that had every reason in the world to be phoned in and suck, but apparently director Joe Lynch had other plans.
The movie starts off just a bit after the events of the first film with two returning characters, Three-Finger and the old timer, still kicking around. Things were good for our inbred troupe despite their loss of fallen family members who met their demise courtesy of Eliza Dushku and Desmond Harrington's tenacity and tight shirts. There was always a cousin or sister around to screw to keep up the population, and people never learn to stay out of the fucking woods so their bellies were always full. Nothing like living off the fat of the land as well as the fat of some poor drunken idiot who wasn't paying attention to his map. Yep, it was was nothing but smooth sailing until a Survivor-like reality TV show started filming in their twisted back yard. The show, headed up by a former commando named Dale (Rollins), would test the mettle of six contestants vying to be the last person standing in the middle of a post-apocalyptic setting. The series' producers had all sorts of tests and scenarios worked out for their cash hungry gang, but no one could have ever anticipated what would become the toughest task of all -- living through the night.
Within minutes of filming the family starts picking off the intruders one by one. They just have one thing standing in their way ... Henry fucking Rollins! Wrong Turn 2 promised to be a badass gory little flick that pitted Rollins vs. flesh-eating deformities, and it delivers by the bucketful!
Before we get into the good stuff, let's get the bad out of the way, shall we? If Wrong Turn 2 exhibits any weakness at all it comes by way of the at times stilted (and even corny) dialogue. The actors do their best with what they've got, but the script is just plain hot and cold. Don't worry though; as soon as the blood starts flying, you're not going to care.
You see, this is one of those movies. Joe Lynch's Wrong Turn 2 is the type of flick you get together with friends and watch just to have a good time. Yeah, it has its shortcomings, but then again so do the movies that inspired it. Only a horror fan could have delivered a movie this much fun. A movie that knows exactly what it wants to be and revels in it. Plus it's also home to the single funniest term for fart I've ever heard. Wrong Turn 2 is a love letter to the genre that's been scrawled in gore. You may not know the name Joe Lynch right now, but if this cat keeps making movies, it's a good bet you'll know the name soon.
Even better, Fox Home Entertainment didn't phone in the DVD supplements either as we get a nice little package. First up are two commentaries, one with Lynch and actors Erica Leerhsen and Henry Rollins, the other with writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien. If you're only going to listen to one, check out the first with Lynch. You will piss your pants. The guy's a maniac, and Rollins and Leershen also do a great job of keeping up. There was a third commentary track recorded with just Joe for the DVD, but it never made it onto the disc. Don't worry though ... we've got your hook-up!
From there we get three featurettes ...
The first, More Blood, More Guts: The Making-of Wrong Turn 2, clocks in at about ten minutes and asks the cast and crew one question ... What are you scared of? Each shares his or her fears while discussing the vibe and antics on the set. Nothing groundbreaking, but just like the film itself, it's a lot of fun. Next up we have a twelve-minute look at the movie's effects work entitled Making Gore Look Good. Jackpot! See something in the movie that you wanted to get a closer look at? I'm sure it's represented here one way or another. Wrong Turn 2 is a meaty little flick. This featurette helps us sift through the grue. And finally we get a three-minute look at the infamous incestuous stump hump scene shot by 311 bassist and videographer P-Nut. Okay, we could have lived without this, but hey, there's really nothing like watching mutants fuck is there? For those of you with keen eyes, if you search around long enough, you'll also find a really juicy easter egg. No, I'm not telling you where it is, you lazy bastard! Again, all in all, a good package that's well worth the cash. Hell, given the quality and absurdity of the film itself, I'd recommend this DVD even if it were bare bones!
In short ... looking for a good time? Need to quench the old blood lust? Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is your hot ticket for some gore-soaked backwoods mayhem. It gets even better with repeated viewings and lots of booze. Rent it, buy it, call your friends, and live it up!
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