Wrong Turn

on May 30, 2003 by Paul Clinton
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Think running out of gas in backwoods West Virginia is scary? It might be, but you wouldn't know it by watching “Wrong Turn,” a tedious slasher picture with yet another Inbred Monster as its star villain.

“Wrong Turn” is the latest to draw inspiration (if that's the right word) from that gritty 1974 landmark “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the real-life exploits of rural Wisconsin grave robber and cannibalistic killer Ed Gein.

On his way to Nashville, Chris (Desmond Harrington) finds himself stuck in a traffic jam on an out-of-the-way highway. So he heads off on a detour route and, in one of a string of contrivances, rams his classic Mustang into the sports-utility vehicle of two couples on a camping trip with their depressed friend (Eliza Dushku).

Soon, the group has fallen prey to three deformed mountain men who live in a deteriorating shack and collect body parts as trophies of their kills.

Writer Alan McElroy's script is surprisingly free of howler lines, but we get the same tired scenarios played out--the rumbling, rusted pickup truck; the parade of horrors inside the rustic shack; the teen-types hunted down one by one.

Jeremy Sisto (Billy on “Six Feet Under”) shows up with an off-putting wise-guy act. Dushku's uneven performance comes to life, briefly, when one of the inbred men chains her to a bed.

Stan Winston's effects are authentically grisly, while Elia Cmiral's bombastic score pounds you into oblivion. Starring Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jeremy Sisto. Directed by Rob Schmidt. Written by Alan McElroy. Produced by Brian Gilbert and Stan Winston. A Fox release. Horror. Rated R for strong violence and gore, some language and drug use. Running time: 84 min

Tags: Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, Directed by Rob Schmidt, Written by Alan McElroy, Produced by Brian Gilbert, Stan Winston, A Fox release, Horror, off-putting, bombastic, violence, gore, drug use
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