Wrong Turn 5 Blu-Ray Review (Kirk Haviland)

Wrong Turn 5 Blu-Ray

Starring Doug Bradley, Camilla Arfwedson and Simon Ginty

Written and Directed by Declan O’Brien

New on Blu-Ray from our friends at Fox Home Entertainment is the newest entry in the mostly direct-to-video series Wrong Turn, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines. The original Wrong Turn was a passable genre romp that has somehow managed to spawn four sequels, the last three being directed by O’Brien. But should the series have ended before it started?

In Wrong Turn 5 we begin in a small West Virginia town that is hosting the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween. The concert is where throngs of costumed party goers, some in traditional Halloween Garb, others dressed as deformed hillbillies, gather for a wild night of music and mischief. But the inbred family of hillbilly cannibals, Three Finger, One Eye and Saw Tooth that are in all of these films, kill the fun by trying to abduct a group of vacationing College students. The plan goes awry when the group’s patriarch, Maynard (Bradley) is arrested by the local Sherriff (Arfwedson). The three ‘boys’ go on all out killing spree, decimating everyone in their path to recovering their Uncle Maynard.

Wrong Turn 5 is an utter disaster. The acting is porous and extremely amateurish, even Bradley, Pinhead himself, is a lame duck sitting here. In Bradley’s defence the script is poor and almost non-existent, the “plot” simply there to drive us from one kill scene to the next. In many ways this feels like a ten year old uneducated horror junkie’s idea of a masterpiece. I will say that the location was good, as somehow they found a convincing enough part of Bulgaria to play the West Virginia town the film takes place in.  But the actual sets are poorly constructed, the jail house and a particular store that are key locations to the plot both look very fake. In fact the jail cells do not appear to have locks on them all, prompting Arfwedson to laughably “airlock” and unlock the cells.

The kills, the main reason these films still get made, are lacklustre and unoriginal. We’ve seen these all before and done way better. The limited budget is most evident in the particularly low budget effects work. Most of the practical effects here, while I can admire their commitment to use practical effects, could be better realized and rendered by film school students. I have seen films with micro budgets, like indie comedy Manborg deliver much better practical work with a fraction of the tools available.

The entire cast is from the UK, filming in Bulgaria, pretending to have U.S. accents. Why this was not a warning light I do not know, as there is more than one actor here that cannot convince us they are faking an accent. And the constant cackling of one of our main killers here, especially in the last act of the film, is not fear inducing or tension building, but grating and downright painful.

The Blu-Ray includes a very uninspired couple of behind the scenes featurettes, an actually effective set of director diaries, and an audio commentary by the director. As fun as the director’s video diaries are, it is nowhere near enough to compensate for the rest.

Ultimately the last people in this process I can blame are those at Fox Home Entertainment. These films still sell and make the studio tons of money. That said Wrong Turn 5 is awful. I did not think I would give a harsher criticism to a film than I did for Inbred, but I was sorely wrong. Do not buy, rent or stream Wrong Turn 5, it is strongly, strongly not recommended.

Till Next Time,

Movie Junkie TO

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