There’s something out there in the woods as we prepare for a brand new Wrong Turn reboot movie. Back in 2003, director Rob Schmidt stalked Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Eliza Dushku through the remote forests of West Virginia.
While the original Wrong Turn was a mixed bag of cannibalistic horror, things took an upturn for Wrong Turn 2: Dead End in 2007. The sequel was easily the best-reviewed entry in the franchise, but sadly, everything went downhill from there. Spanning from 2003 – 2014, there have been six Wrong Turn movies of asylums, motels, and prequel stories.
With filming wrapping on Wrong Turn: The Foundation, horror hounds can get a first glimpse of Mike P. Henson’s hungry hillbillies. Although there’s no sign of Three Finger, the first poster shows a more mature era of the franchise.
The story reportedly takes a group of doomed friends to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. As they head out to enjoy a scenic stroll on the Appalachian Trail, they cross paths with “The Foundation”. This backward community has lived in the isolation of the mountains since before the Civil War, and safe to say, they don’t like newcomers.
Part The Hills Have Eyes, part 2001 Maniacs, Henson is on directorial duties with original Wrong Turn writer Alan B. McElroy penning the script. The cast impressively includes Stranger Things‘ Matthew Modine and teases Wrong Turn: The Foundation is “coming soon”.
Let’s hope it fares better than 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2017’s Jigsaw, and this year’s Child’s Play. However, if the likes of It and Halloween have shown us, not all reboots/remakes suck. Wrong Turn: The Foundation is coming from Constantin Films, which is known as the studio behind the Resident Evil movies. Take from that what you will.
Wrong Turn has an usual legacy after its initial success and then being dragged out for the various direct-to-dvd sequels. It’s strange to think it has one of the longest lifespans of a modern horror franchise and only bowed out five years ago.
With characters named Ram Skull, Deer Skull, and Wild Boar Skull, they definitely sound a little more menacing than Three Finger, Saw Tooth, and One Eye. As horror enters a new era away from the campy years of the early ’00s, Wrong Turn: The Foundation could assert the name Wrong Turn as a goliath of the horror world. That being said, we could just have another Poltergeist (2015) on our hands.
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