Wrong Turn 2021

During the Pandemic, they’re all wrong turns.

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.

Best Friends on a hike in Virginia

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.

Sleepover in a Graveyard!

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.

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.

Jen’s Father in town

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.

HarleChan Movie Review B+

Layers Of Fear PSVR

Layers upon Layers in Virtual Reality

Layers of Fear! A classic in the Bloober team franchise! A classic game from The Bloober Team, the original in 2D was a beginning to the new psychological thriller games that started outpouring. Working from the ultimate bad boy ”Resident Evil”, Layers of Fear has an amusing way of separating itself from the basic jump scares of today.

Before we dive right into the game and how it was moved onto a PSVR port, lets talk about this story. The story has not been touched or changed when ported to the PSVR, which is a fear most of us would normally have. The game set in the 1920s United States, the unnamed protagonist returns home from a court hearing. After briefly exploring his empty house, he goes to his workshop to start working on his “magnum opus”.
After he adds the first layer, he starts having hallucinations about his past encounters. The man was an ambitious young painter who used his pianist wife as a model for his painting. Soon his wife became pregnant, after she gave birth he decided to spend more time working on his paintings. Noticing that he had been separating himself from his new family, he bought the family a dog. This dog was just the beginning of his psychosis, the constant barking and whining triggering something within the father.
His talent started to slowly decay and his vision for the painting became twisted, gory and horrific works for simple jobs, including a set for Little Red Riding Hood. After being neglected, his wife decided to burn his paintings, including his most cherished work, “The Lady In Black”. His wife had taken all she could, and left in the night with her daughter in tow. Where she was hiding from her husband caught fire, where she ended up horribly disfigured, but their daughter survived.

After the fire, he took his wife, now a wheelchair user, and daughter back home so he could take care of them. After regaining her ability to walk, the wife was neglected even more because her husband thought she lacked “beauty”. After he had another drunken outburst, his wife committed suicide.
In the present day, it is revealed that he went insane and possibly took six body parts of his wife to work on his painting: her skin as the canvas, her blood as the overlay, her bone marrow as the undercoating, a brush made from her hair, her finger for the smearing and her eye as the spectator. The character is shown using these items, but considering the cyclical nature of one of the endings and the general ambiguous nature of what is shown throughout the story, it’s possible that this isn’t meant to be taken literally.

There are three different endings featured in the game, each depending on the player’s actions during the course of the game.

As for the actual game play of Layers of Fear in the PSVR, it’s a good VR game. It’s a little choppy, but what VR games on the PS aren’t? The choppy behavior of the game, did not impede on enjoying the game, and the bonus, you can feel the madness. The add-ons that they did with the PSVR is amazing, and integrated very well despite some cosmetic flaws. There are times when lightning strikes, that bogs the system down a little bit, but nothing like other VR games I’ve played. Especially porting a Horror Game over to the PSVR, Horror games are one of the few games that really excel in the VR environment. The visual aspect of Layers of Fear in VR was amazing, everything was vibrant and was brought to life within the system. It wasn’t just looking at flat pictures formed from a 2D game, they actually interpreted everything properly.
And honestly, that’s the scariest part.
This game was absolutely terrifying when it first came out, and the PSVR does just what it originally did. Brought the Scare to you, now with PSVR, the Scare is truly right in front of you.
Don’t panic too much, trying to find your way out of the door-less room.
Just let the madness soothe you.

Thanks for reading! Buh-Bye!

HarleChan Review of Layers of Fear PSVR: 10 Spookies out of 10 Ghosts 100% Creep Factor