Horror in 2021! Welcome to the Horror Genre during the Pandemic! Where movies no longer go straight to theaters and you’ll pay your movie ticket price to watch it at home. I really can’t complain about that part, it usually costs me anywhere from 30-80$ to go to the movies and that’s not including buying any weird collectible stuff they’re trying to hock at you. So being able to watch my movie at home, in the comfort of my onesie was a heck of a bonus.
As some of you may know, Wrong Turn has been a long endeared series of gory, cannibalistic film. A series of six movies that have, if nothing, kept up with it’s themes. So we bring you to Wrong Turn 2021, is it a new movie or is it just another remake?
Well unfortunately for those who were looking for a new Wrong Turn film, this is the remake of the original 2003 film that started the series.
Wrong Turn 2021 starts us off with a group of friends who are in Virginia to hike the Appalachian mountains, to refresh and reinvigorate their bodies and souls. Visiting the local scene in a little town buried in the mountains is never what you expect, so you’ve always got to go in a bit on edge. For this group, they are your average suburban kids so they really have no idea what they are getting into, going into the deep country where even the radio signals don’t reach.
The group go to a bar for their last night in town before heading up the mountains, and immediately regret going. As they face a set of people who are still thick with the racism and hate of the early days of America. Everything from a woman sitting in a mens bar, to the POC in their group. Outraged with how they were treated in the bar, they decided to say ‘to the wind’ with them and enjoy their night. The group heads to their hotel for the evening but not before the entire town warns them not to go off of the trail. The woods are dangerous on the Appalachian mountains, and they aren’t made for city folks to go off wandering.
When you don’t listen to the locals, something a-real-bad happens to you. In this case, the group thought it’d be fun to go off trail a few times. Once they went off trail and found a beautiful waterfall, enjoying the simplicity of the water and it’s cool embrace. The next time they try to go off trail, danger immediately turns its wrong head. (Haha, see what I did there).
As they walk off trail, the first of our crew gets crushed by a giant runaway log. Screaming and causing enough ruckus to wake New York City, the team start getting picked off one by one. Leaving them in a state of shock and disbelief the group sets up camp for the night. Little do they know, it’s an old grave yard that they have made their bed in.
Things don’t stop there, the next day the group (or what’s left of it) finds that all of their cell phones are missing. Vanishing over-night. As they make their way through the woods, the next of their group get’s captured. This time by a set of people wearing Elk skulls on their head. A weird thing to be doing so deep in the woods.
The friends band together to try and survive the new cult they have encountered, only one of them remembering the plaque they saw earlier that had ”The Foundation” written across it.
As members of the group start dying and going missing within the woods, two unlucky souls find ways to keep hidden and moving through the stones. They come upon the village in the center of the Appalachian mountains, the Foundation. The two last survivors are captured and brought to a log home where they come to meet one of their other friends who had brutally murdered one of the Elk Skull wearers.
The society was putting him on trial for murdering one of their own, come to find out that these people were peaceful as long as you did not desecrate their lands. What was left of the group was put on trial, the murderer was proven guilty and the rest of them were found guilty of abetting and lying when questioned. Our femme fatale saves her own and her boyfriend’s lives by offering themselves as useful and strong to the community. Darius becomes one of the best hunters of the community while Jen must seduce and be with the leader of the Foundation.
After months of training the new community members, and brain washing anything of the new world out of them, Jen’s father searches for her, had not stopped, and ended up at the foot of the Appalachian mountains. Jen’s father gets captured by Jen, who shot him and brought him back to the community. The leaders of the Foundation sentenced him to ‘jail’. Later that night, Jen snuck past the guards and freed her father telling him that she only shot him to hide her true ideals. Jen and her father sneak out of the community and make it back to her home in the city.
Alas, this was not the end of Jen’s tale, because months after her escape, the leader of the Foundation finds Jen. He tries to convince her to come back to the Foundation, especially when he finds her pregnant with his child. Jen refuses, and attempts to save her family from him. The leader threatens her life as well as that of her families’ one more time before showing her how capable he is of doing so. With that Jen made him promise her family would be safe and they made their way out of the home and to the Foundation Leader’s RV.
A few moments later, the RV spins out of control. Screaming can be heard coming from the RV that screeched to a halt, as the cultists came pouring out of the RV, being chased by Jen. Enough was enough, and she presumably kills the cultists in the RV before chasing the Foundation leader down the street, stabbing him repeatedly.
If you were expecting this movie to be an exact replica of the original 2003 version, you’d be highly disappointed by the remake, as this movie has much less gore and cannibalism than it’s predecessors. This movie took it’s own Wrong Turn and changed a few of it’s basic standings from the original. If you look to the reviews, you’ll see most have given this a terrible review. Saying you’ll regret the watch.
Personally, I wouldn’t listen to them. As the movie may not be it’s original glory, it has come quite a way with learning how to handle the Horror Genre in 2021.