A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Vaguely tries to discuss a vision of socialism that seems almost utopian (and probably impossible), as well as ethical questions of what "right" and "wrong" are, but these discussions are empty and go nowhere. The best lesson the movie provides is "stay on the marked path."
Positive Role Models
Makes a cursory attempt to have a diverse cast, and Jen turns out to be quite brave and resourceful (although she eventually turns to violence). But otherwise most characters are pretty shallow, with little worth admiring.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme gory violence. Character smashes someone in the face with a thick branch; face smashed open, brains visible. Runaway log rolls down hill, crushes character; smashed, bloody face, protruding jaw shown. Character falls into pit, lands on sharpened stakes (lots of blood and agony). Character's head bashed in. Character's eyes poked out with hot poker. Woman stabs a man again and again, with blood spatter. Character stabbed in chest by flying trap. Characters shot by bow and arrow. Characters shot with gun (hole in head shown). Person's head smacked against a rock. Maggot-strewn corpse. Several characters sliced and killed with a knife. Broken finger (pointing at an awful angle). Character crushed by falling trap. Character holding a knife to a child's throat. Character dragged into trap by chain. Several people beat up another (he later spits blood, has a bloody face). Dead deer strapped to truck. Sudden tire blowout. Punching in head. Scary cave full of people who have been blinded. Molotov cocktail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kisses passionately in bed while clothed, one straddling the other. Naked man's bottom shown while showering. Woman in skimpy underwear. A woman volunteers herself to be a "childbearer" for the Foundation members (another woman responds with "spread your legs!"). A creepy man says "I can smell your juices."
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Extremely frequent, strong language, with near constant use of "f--k" or "f--king." Also "motherf----r," "s--t," "bulls--t," "son of a bitch," "bitch," "goddamn," and "peckerwood," plus "oh my God" and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bar; beer and shots. Background cigarette smoking. Reference to moonshine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wrong Turn (also known as Wrong Turn: The Foundation) is a horror/slasher movie about six 20-somethings who are terrorized in the Appalachian woods; it's a remake of the same-named 2003 movie. It's marginally better than the original, but that's all relative: It's still pretty dumb and annoying. Expect intense, graphic violence, with lots of blood and gore. Characters are killed in grisly ways, via traps, shot by arrows or guns, sliced up with knives, or beaten. Even the "heroes" kill others in brutal ways. Language is also extremely strong, with near constant use of "f--k" or "f--king," plus "s--t" and more. Two characters kiss passionately in bed while clothed, with one straddling the other. A man's naked bottom is briefly seen, and a woman is shown in skimpy underwear. A woman volunteers to be a childbearer for a cult-like group; she becomes pregnant, and there are creepy lines like "I can smell your juices." A scene set in a bar includes social drinking (shots and beer) and some smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This remake of the 2003 horror/slasher movie (and the seventh entry in the franchise), is filled with annoying characters and dumb situations and can't make a reasonable case for its own existence. Wrong Turn is one of those movies in which the characters spend lots of time shouting one another's names ("Jen!" "Darius!" "Milla!" "Adam!" "Gary!" "Luis!") rather than developing any personalities. And what little character development there is, is ridiculous. The movie tries to earn points for having a diverse group (two women, one Black man, one Latinx man, and one Indian man, with the latter two a couple), but their shallowness undercuts that attempt.
Darius dreams of a cult-like collective in which "everyone works and everyone shares" (and, coincidentally, he finds it!). Jen somehow believes that there's only right and wrong, and shades of gray don't exist. And Adam is a serious jerk; he does the most shouting. Then there are questions like: Who carried the tent that was big enough to fit five people, if all they have are tiny backpacks? And why do all of the characters' facial cuts and scrapes look pretty much the same? At least the villains in Wrong Turn -- led by the charismatic Venable (Bill Sage) -- are more interesting than the heroes.
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