- Actors: Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, Texas Battle, Aleksa Palladino, Daniella Alonso
- Directors: Joe Lynch
- Writers: Al Septien, Alan B. McElroy, Turi Meyer
- Producers: Erik Feig, Jeff Freilich, Robert Kulzer
- Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- Release Date: Oct. 9 2007
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000TJBN62
Wrong Turn 2 - Dead End (Bilingual) [Import]
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The ultimate reality show turns into the ultimate in horror for six contestants when they find themselves pitted against hideously deformed and insatiably hungry cannibals in this white-knuckle thrill-ride that "blows away most 2007 horror films" (Fangoria)! Directed by Joe Lynch, recently named one of Gorezone's top horror directors, and packed with never-before-seen special features including a commentary by Lynch, the writers and select cast members, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End promises twice the jolts and heart-pounding fear of the original! Retired military commander Colonel Dale Murphy (Henry Rollins) hosts a simulated post-apocalyptic reality show where participants are challenged to survive a remote West Virginia wasteland. But the show turns into a nightmarish showdown when each realizes they are being hunted by an inbred family of cannibals determined to make them all dinner.
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The setup for Wrong Turn 2 really involves no wrong turn at all (OK, maybe one at the very start). We're back in the state of West Virginia, but this time it's the setting of a post-apocalyptic reality game show called Apocalypse, hosted by tough ex-soldier (not to be confused with former Major Leagues MVP) Dale Murphy (Henry Rollins). I won't go over the rules of the game, but the gist is to survive over the course of five whole days in a world full of rigged post-apocalyptic dangers. Whoever scouted the area somehow missed the family of local degenerate cannibals that call the place home - but it doesn't take long for both contestants and crew to meet up with them. The six contestants are an interesting mix. You have an African-American former football player and all-around good guy (Texas Battle) that I dubbed "Tiger Woods;" a wise guy who can't stop hitting on the female contestants (Steve Braun); a tough, gung-ho female veteran of the war in Iraq (Daniella Alonso), some nice female eye candy (Crystal Lowe), a pretty girl whose troubled past has made her a survivor (Erica Leerhsen), and a producer turned contestant (Aleksa Palladino) who has to replace a reality show B-celebrity (Kimberly Caldwell) who never shows up (for a very good reason).
I don't have any real complaints about the special effects brought to bear here - there's one explosive death that's truly impressive, and the whole film is pretty much blood-stained. The hillbillies, of course, all look as ugly as homemade sin. The film doesn't boast a lot of character development, but it does give us a rare treat in the form of potential victims who all try to escape rather than stupidly walking into their own gruesome deaths. Notice I said "try to escape." I should also mention that there is one scene that is potentially controversial - and it has nothing to do with blood and gore. It definitely stands out in my mind, and you can't help but wonder why it was included in the movie. I don't know if the filmmakers were making a statement, or if they were just trying to generate a little more word of mouth publicity over the proverbial water coolers across the land.
All in all, Wrong Turn 2 is a decent little horror film, but one can only hope that this is the end of the line for the Wrong Turn franchise. Neither of the first two films is good enough to merit a third installment.
Evidently, some toxic waste wound up entering the water supply in this region where some folks are filming a reality television show about survival. The toxic waste had depleted the wildlife in the area quite a while ago and at the same time it also began influencing the genetics of the humans who stayed in the area. Because they had nothing to eat and because they have evolved into deformed semi-humanoids, they soon developed into cannibals who hunt down regular folks who happen to enter the area. You can see how this might pose a problem for the reality television cast and crew. Anyway, these television people would be dead, eaten, and the film would've been over in 20 minutes if Henry Rollins wasn't around to take some of these cannibals out.
That brief summary sets the stage for some gruesome and at times hilarious fun. People are eaten raw and cooked, people are blown to smithereens, people are cut in half and those parts are cut in halves too and so forth, and some people are thrown through some kind of giant grinding machine thing etc. It's all really comical if you have the sense of humor and stomach for this sort of thing. Some times the special effects are not as seamless as I would've hoped, but overall the gore isn't really meant to be believable. At least believability was not the top priority. The cannibals looked and sounded great. The camera angles and cuts are actually pretty impressive in spurts and the gratuitous nudity was as welcome as always in these sort of films (albeit it was more brief than I had hoped). Other than Henry Rollins, the cast includes the dude who played Jason in Freddy Vs. Jason as the leader of the deformed cannibals and Erica Leerhsen, who plays a very attractive vegan who unfortunately keeps her clothing on. One thing I liked about this film is that I wasn't sure who the lead character was until an hour or so into the movie, so basically anyone could've died at any time. That made it a bit less predictable than I expected.
Nevertheless, I can't rate this high simply because there is too much exploitation going on here and not enough quality storytelling or acting. It's funny because I watched 28 Weeks Later for the second time right after I watched Wrong Turn 2 and it made me realize even more that lack of quality is just not a viable excuse anymore in the horror genre, but yet the marketing of films like this still persists. Torture porn, gorno...it is what it is. I guess what it is now justifies a mere direct-to-dvd release. Maybe that isn't such a bad thing.
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