Hollywood sequels, the movies purely made just to make a quick buck, we all know they exist. They exist for plenty of horror films especially. One of the many horror films that have maximized on the Hollywood sequels category is the “Wrong Turn” series. The first two in the series were rated the highest, and then consecutively have been rated lower and lower. “Wrong Turn 5: Bloodbath” is the latest in the series.
Like many other Hollywood sequels, the plot is nearly identical with different characters. Usually, there is around five young adults, both male and female alike. In the “Wrong Turn” series, a number of inbred hillbillies hunt down the group, kill them, and then sometimes eat them, for no apparent reason as well. In this specific film, an older man that seems to be a normal person has joined the groups of hillbillies. Enter terror galore.
Ever since the first film, the series has tried to make the audience uncomfortable with the nature of the psychopathic hillbillies. From the gore, to the cannibalism, to the sinister laughter. The audience does in fact feel uncomfortable watching this film, but it is not because of the filmmaker’s intentions. Uncomfortability instead sets in from exhaustion and annoyance. Exhaustion from the “Wrong Turn” series taking a wrong turn and overrunning its course, and annoyance from the very laughter that is supposed to chill your spine and the endless predictability.
One thing horror films continually fail to realize is that after somebody dies, their bodies discontinue to produce blood. Their heart has stopped beating, but yet when dead bodies are cut into, lots of fresh red blood spurts out as if the person was still alive. It makes no logical sense. Instead, it is put in there solely for “yuck” factor. However, there are plenty of other ways to produce the same amount of “yuck” while being realistic.
The acting is ridiculously horrible. In this series, the hillbillies have always been pretty bad, but acting from the victims was give and take for the first two films. Apparently, not a soul in this film could act. It is as if the film believed they could get away with bad acting if they put enough gore in its place. Acting is important regardless of the genre. A film is ignorant if they disagree. The acting is only the second worst factor of this film, placed directly under the joke that is the writing.
Producers tell a writer to write the next film in the “Wrong Turn” series. They are then told to put in enough gore and nudity in the film and proceed to cross their fingers and hope for the best. This film is nothing less than filler material hoping to maximize profits during the Halloween season.
In a word, this movie is terrible. Just because it is Halloween time doesn’t mean you have to torture yourself with bad excuses for movies. You are better off backtracking and finding classic horror tales that will keep you thinking all night. “Wrong Turn 5” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD Oct. 23!