Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011)

Directed By: Declan O'Brien
Written By: Declan O'Brien
Starring: Tenika Davis
  Dan Skene
  Terra Vnesa
  Kaitlyn Wong
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

Two years on from Declan O’Brien’s lacklustre third installment to the Wrong Turn franchise and here he is again with another straight-to-DVD backwoods cannibal romp. When the Monster Ark director took over the series with Left for Dead, I was left with a bad taste in my mouth but O’Brien has gone some way towards redemption with this new addition.

I don’t want any of you readers to misunderstand me, this isn’t a good film. It ploughs through the motions, albeit in a fairly efficient manner. The tracing paper plot pitches Bloody Beginnings, predictably, as a prequel explaining somewhat the early life of series stalwart, Three Finger. Locked in an asylum as a youngster, Three Finger and his two brothers, Saw Tooth and One Eye, break free from their shared cell and wreak havoc on the staff. Flash to some years later, a group of attractive couples, who love to spontaneously break into applause, find themselves trapped in said sanatorium after a getting lost in the snow. Can you guess what happens next? I bet you can.

The script is entirely without legs, with the bulk of the dialogue being devoid of any wit or intelligence, even finding time to clunkily drop in the franchise’s titular moniker. While the words may be laughable at best, the assembled cast of Canadian TV actors, stuntmen, and Saw second stringers manage to handle themselves fairly admirably, but in the “ugh, I hate this character! When will they just die?!” way that pervades modern horror. This isn’t an accolade that I frequently bestow on low budget cash-ins but some of the scared acting and screaming is very different to what you might expect.

Bloody Beginnings plays with the recipe set by the previous flicks. Mostly set in a confined space, Wrong Turn 4 is forced to eschew the bow and arrow play of the previous three in favour of ridiculous over-sized drills and bone saws. I’m pretty sure O’Brien picked up a job lot of barbed wire at a steal too, as this seems to be the mutants’ new torture device of choice. While this may muddy the waters, it certainly provides a platter for some very decent gore set pieces. Employing a healthy amount of practical effects definitely helped bolster my enjoyment of the film, although it does fall prey to some god-awful CG effects and CG blood, particularly in it’s penultimate scene.

Sure, it’s nothing to write home about but as a nuts and bolts grue-soaked tool-killer thrill ride, it definitely ticks some boxes. Nothing new, nothing bold, but plenty to enjoy pitches Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings a world away from the previous installment, although hardcore fans of the franchise (are there any?) might finds themselves frustrated with the new direction.

Rating: ★★★★★½☆☆☆☆

One Comment on “Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings”

  1. ArghZombies says:

    I think there’s one obvious wrong feature of this film: isn’t the forth film in a trashy horror series supposed to be set in space – a’la Critters / Leprechaun?

    Well, I guess they went with the secondary option and go for a prequel then. It worked quite well for Tremors after all.

    I’m sure there are plenty of other film series that follow the rules of “Part 4 should be set in space / in the past”. (Actually, didn’t Hellraiser 4 tick both boxes in the one film?)

    Anyway, I loved the second film in the Wrong Turn series, I doubt this will be up there with that but glad to hear it’s (slightly) better than pt 3. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

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