Wrong Turn 6 (2014)

Directed By: Valeri Milev
Written By: Frank H. Woodward
Starring: Anthony Llott
  Chris Jarvis
  Aqueela Zoll
Wrong Turn 6

What do you do when you make five Wrong Turn films that rapidly decrease in quality in each outing? If your name’s Valeri Milev, you make a sixth. Not so luckily for us, this is the worst instalment yet. There is only so far you can go with this franchise, or so writer Frank H. Woodward would have you think…

After receiving word of a mysterious inheritance, Danny (Anthony Llott) and his oh-so-stereotypical meat-for-the-grinder troupe of friends head down to Hobb Springs, a somewhat caught in a time warp, but lavishly decked out hotel in the West Virginia hills to see what the deal is. Much to his surprise, he’s been bequeathed the entire hotel and it’s grounds. Made an instant millionaire, the gang decide to stay there for a few days, get the lay of the land, and find out the real worth of the property. Unfortunately, the woods are home to those unforgettable inbred cannibals we’ve come to know and love(?) and one by one, his friends are picked off, in all manner of gruesome ways.

That’s about all that can be said about the plot. Although it does attempt to give some history surrounding the origins of the cannibals, it falls flat on its face, in a way that is reminiscent of Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning, but much, much worse.

It’s a real shame that, in a film that was once well known, even respected, for its gruesome deaths has become relatively tame by the series standards. In fact, throughout the entire film, they just end up being completely vapid. Slasher films should pride themselves on their deaths, and most people would agree that an audience will never get tired of seeing death and mutilation if it’s done right. Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort is an example of everything done, well, wrong.

Oddly enough, it’s the most ridiculous of all characters that provides the most entertainment throughout, in the form of Sally (Sadie Katz), a voyeuristic, not to mention batshit crazy, resident of the hotel with an all too close relationship with her brother, who provides over-acting the likes of which you will not have seen in a very long time.

The cannibals themselves are much the same as in their previous outings, although it seems like the budget went missing on their wardrobe, making the costumes in Troll 2 look like masterpieces by comparison. They were never that believable, but in this instalment, much with so many other aspects, they just got lazy.

The pace of the film is another massive issue. It’s very slow to get rolling, and a good two thirds is spent setting the scene, with only a couple of deaths to keep the bloodthirsty among us sated. It’s almost as if the director forgot he was making a horror film, then attempted (unsuccessfully) to make up for it in the latter stages.

The Wrong Turn series has become guilty of that all too familiar slipping slope of mediocrity by franchises that just don’t seem to know when to quit (I’m looking at you, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and as such, the payoff of Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort is not worth your time. It is a film that, from the very beginning, gives off the air of something that is trying to fill the ‘so bad, it’s good’ niche.

Unfortunately, any film that tries to shoot for that mark, and STILL manages to miss by a country mile is one to be avoided.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

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