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Wrong Turn (2003)



Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 46

An unremarkable slasher flick that fails to distinguished itself from others of its ilk.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 12

An unremarkable slasher flick that fails to distinguished itself from others of its ilk.



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Movie Info

Chris has a job interview in Raleigh in three hours and he's making good time--until an accident miles down the highway turns Chris' manageable trip into a six-hour wait. Determined to make his critical appointment, Chris makes a hard U-turn and heads back up the West Virginia highway. Running low on fuel, he finds a shortcut, it's clearly a road less traveled, but to Chris it seems to be a quick fix to avoid the traffic jam. Not far away, Jessie and her friends, Carly, Scott, Evan and Francine,


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Alan McElroy

Oct 14, 2003


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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (46) | DVD (31)

While this movie doesn't have the warped sensibilities of 1977's similarly plotted The Hills Have Eyes, it has decent performances and genuine suspense.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Comment (1)
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It's gruesome and nasty and a heck of a lot of fun for people who get a kick out of Fangoria.

June 5, 2003
Arizona Republic
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This self-styled throwback to the down-and-dirty horror films of the 1970s and '80s never delivers what it definitely promises.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A blood-simple backwoods spatterfest that makes shameless use of the same old antirural moonshine Hollywood's been bootlegging for decades.

June 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Lazy would-be horror film.

June 2, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A negative pickup by Fox, dumped into theaters on Friday without benefit of press previews, Wrong Turn is steeped only in frightless torpor.

June 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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This horror flick about young campers stalked and slaughtered by gruesome backwoods barbarians is a fairly decent crossbreeding of Friday the 13th and Deliverance.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The understatement of the year. Essentially, ax-wielding rednecks unite in a slasher flick that drives itself into a brick wall of no return.

September 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It gives what it promises: violence, creeps, and solid performances from the great cast...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

It's the usual quick-cut, this-is-all-we-can-show-you R-rated mayhem.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

A cut above the recent lot of slasher does not feel as if it has to cater to audiences who want every plot point spoon fed to them.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Headed in only one direction: straight into the toilet.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Ao contrário da maior parte das produções do gênero realizadas nos últimos anos, este filme acaba se revelando acima da média graças à boa direção de Rob Schmidt.

March 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

...talent does not matter much, just as long as the women?who, of course, all look like supermodels?wear skimpy, transparent outfits throughout the movie.

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: NutzWorld

Wrong Turn is basically a well-made waste of time.

October 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The grey area is whether it's Schmidt's fault or the zeitgeist's that the film doesn't resonate even ten seconds past the finish line

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

If giggling hillbillies fuel your nightmares, then there's a chance you'll be rendered sleepless by this inept, wannabe horror flick.

September 9, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

Was Wrong Turn directed by the kind of in-bred mountain men depicted in the film? The opening credits is the only device that drive the plot -- the rest is simply a squeal-inducing hunt movie.

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

For a horror cheese-fest about six ill-fated teens on the verge of brutal maceration by inbred hick monsters, Wrong Turn is surprisingly worth the detour

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

I got the feeling that a whole lot of talented people had gone and wasted their time on a project too bland to be worth it.

July 16, 2003

Wrong Turn has plenty of bad -ations: decapitation, mutilation, evisceration. But it's got an unexpectedly fun -ation - its hillbilly variation on Panic Room.

June 27, 2003 Full Review

It's the kind of film where an actor from the WB walks through a run-down cabin, picks up a jar full of human teeth, goes, Ewwww, then still continues to look for a bathroom.

June 10, 2003 Full Review Source: KFOR Channel 4 News
KFOR Channel 4 News

You had me at inbred, cannibalistic hillbillies! Wrong Turn is a hard film to not reccomend, but the film does nothing to distinguish itself in any way.

June 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Comment (1)
Film Snobs

A tedious slasher picture with yet another Inbred Monster as its star villain.

June 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

With the tiniest bit of effort, Wrong Turn could have been a fun slasher flick, but no one involved seems to have cared about anything but a paycheck.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Citysearch

Audience Reviews for Wrong Turn


This throwback nature slasher is likely to be a love or hate piece among most horror fans. Originality is definitely not the film's strongest point and it's numerous similarities with vintage pieces like "Deliverance" and "The Hills Have Eyes" are so obvious that one might dismiss it as a stupid, lazy, ordinary, ruthless, derivative slasher flick. But Wrong Turn is none of the above apart from the latter. If completely conventional Wrong Turn nevertheless manages to get everything you'd expect and would want from a wilderness horror movie right. It fits tab A into slot B perfectly well with some fairly inventive direction, good shock horror, a fun set up and some good gore. But the bonus in all this is decent performances of characters that you actually grow to care about as it unfolds. Personally I can't remember sitting through a generic slasher without wanting somebody to die within the first 10 minutes. But it never became innocuous and remained consistently scary. It's also very up front about the films it references which makes it's underlying playfulness and utter predictability that much more fun. The defining moment of the entire film for me, was when a character said "need I remind you about a film called Deliverance". Out of all the asinine shlock that's been released in the last ten years like the empty torture porn movies that have given horror a bad name I would much rather watch Wrong Turn to remind me that there are still some good people in the horror industry today. It's gritty, scary and hugely suspenseful. Though you can see the ending from miles behind it takes you through it's acts with the enormous energy the new slashers lack and is overall entertaining. I think at bare minimum all popcorn and vomit flicks need to be as well put together as Wrong Turn. The film is far from perfect, so that's really saying something.
December 29, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Very unrealistic, it moves too fast and has really poor acting. Might get a scare or two out of you, but that's about it.
November 15, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Scott: We are never going into the woods again!

"It's the last one you'll ever take."

Wrong Turn is easily the most unoriginal horror film I have ever had the displeasure of watching. The plot steals ideas from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, lines from The Blair Witch Project and ends up basically being the ReRemake of The Hills Have Eyes. If you don't know what's going to happen next, you've probably never seen a horror film. If you are disturbed by this material, you have never seen a well done horror film. If you like this; either A, you are 12 years old and think every movie labeled horror that you see makes you a badass or B, you don't watch many movies. This movie is extremely unlikable and the scariest thing about it is that it doesn't feature Eliza Dushku's worst performance. Yeah, she has been worse. Watch The Alphabet Killer and you'll see what I mean.

The acting isn't really even worth talking about. It's one of those movies where you don't care about the characters. I want the guys to die quickly and leave the very attractive girls for last. Yeah they are horrible actresses, but damn. Then I want the girls to have a nice lesbian scene(never happens), then they can dies. I'm not a pervert, but it is the only thing that would make the movie at all interesting. The characters are dull and stupid and the plot has been done before; what else should be looking forward to.

The sad thing is that it seems like director Rob Schmidt thinks he is shocking and disturbing. I don't think that's true, but at least it seems that way. He has to know everything about this movie has been copy-pasted from better movies. It actually turns out to be pretty offensive to horror fans. He thinks we are going to enjoy this. He was sorely mistaken.
September 18, 2011
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Those creatures scared me so much. I was hiding under my covers and was genuinely scared. A great horror film!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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