Jen (Charlotte Vega) and five of her friends decide to take a hiking trip in Virginia along the Appalachian Trail. Arriving in the community near the hiking trail, they begin preparing for the track and receive warnings from locals to not go off course. As they begin the hike, they see nature at its best- there are woods, waterfalls, rock formations etc. But of course, one of the members desires to go slightly off course and explore off track. Ignoring all warnings not to do so, they figure no harm could come from looking around. Soon they find themselves entering land which belongs to a secret community and disappear. While Jen and her friends all work together to try and stay alive, Jen’s father, Scott (Matthew Modine) also begins his own investigations regarding his daughter’s disappearance with hopes of catching up with her.
If you are not aware, this film is not connected to any of the direct to DVD sequels or the original feature released back in 2003. Wrong Turn (2021) serves as a reboot of the series. I must confess that I have never seen the original feature film or the sequels. This is my first time visiting this series.
If you are seeking a new type of horror film that promises a good time, Wrong Turn (2021) is certainly that film. The kills here are brutal, bloody, and violent. As a plot, I enjoyed the first act the most as it sets up its characters and the general mystery as our leads enter the woods and begin to suffer horrific yet unpredictable outcomes.
I was also surprised to find supporting actor Matthew Modine in a horror film. His performance was quite pleasing as a father willing to do whatever it takes to find and rescue his daughter. The six main leads who journey into the woods are pleasing for the most part, but I cannot deny some moments felt slightly cliché and somewhat forgettable. By the end of the film, I honestly could not recall the names of any characters other than Jen, our main lead.
Visually, this is a pleasing horror film. Set designs, including the look of caves/underground lairs, were great. Sound effects were a major standout which managed to get my attention during jump scares or whenever traps in the woods are unexpectedly released. The film’s pacing is also positive, with only two scenes that overstayed their welcome.
Overall, I was quite surprised to find how much fun I found this film to be. Wrong Turn is brutal, bloody, and violent as a horror film. The visual and audio track are quite pleasing, and the plot is filled with surprises and unpredictable events. Supporting actor Matthew Modine was also a surprising element to this film. As a horror, this is a film that is best shared with a group of friends who are seeking a new fresh take on the story most movie lovers know. As a reboot, it’s extremely pleasing.
Wrong Turn (2021) is Available on Bluray & DVD from April 21st!