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Wrong Turn 5 - A Mixed Bag
on October 24, 2012
I have all of this franchise on DVD and now in Blu-ray and have been somewhat of a fan. Here's what I noticed after the first viewing:
It's never made clear the time frame of this movie. WT4 was a prequel. After some long thought on this, I believe this is supposed to be after 4 and before 1. All 3 of these mutants are alive and well, so it doesn't make sense that this would be a continuation from 3.
There is a reference from the older man Maynard that they aren't in an institution any longer. Maynard also refers to the 3 hillbilly freaks as "my boys." I never took him seriously, but after some consideration, maybe this man was really supposed to be their father. We don't know where this man came from or how he got hooked up with these 3. We just know that he ran into them at some point. We do see a computer screen at one point that would indicate that it is 2003, which would put this just months or even weeks before the original Wrong Turn.
The story is very simple. Simply put, a group of victims gather at the sheriff's office one way or another and get picked off one at a time.
Once the gang is more or less together at the sheriff's office, the sheriff tells everybody to stay together. They are trying to split them up to take them out one at a time. From that time forward everyone does their desperate best to try and split up. And when there's nobody else left that can leave, the sheriff herself wants to leave.
This is all supposed to take place during a festival and the trailer leads you to believe that this is all wrapped around this festival, but you never get to see it. It's only an excuse to have an empty set. The sheriff was expecting a busy night of trouble from this festival and she didn't get one call or visit the entire night.
I was confused as to how these 3 hillbillies could get hurt when smacked around by their 'father,' yet when one is shot in the leg, he doesn't flinch or even bleed. The one called 'Three finger' looks like he always did, but the other 2 don't resemble themselves from the other movies very much.
Of course creativity is the thing with this and the movie does deliver some unique ways to kill people. I did feel that this time things had a bit of a "Saw" feel to it.
Three sex scenes. They were very sensual rather than overly graphic. One had nothing to do with the story.
The Special Effects:
I didn't notice any CGI in this one. They went 'old school' and used actual animal guts. It gave a more realistic feel to it. Good call on this one.
One particular kill was the first one where the woman is killed in the street. It looks like she has a day pack under her shirt. this is where the guts were stored for the scene. Really needed to do a better job on this scene.
Maynard is shot in the shoulder. He's hurting pretty badly, but over time he just blows it off. Apparently he also has a self-cleaning shirt, as the blood gradually disappears as well.
This town sure looked like a small movie set. I was unimpressed. Low budget all the way here.
Good acting all around. None of these actors are even American. You may pick up a slight accent from a line or 2 if you listen closely. Very impressive how well they acted and kept to an accurate American accent.
Other random stuff:
The ending of this movie looks a lot like the same location where #3 ended, at a hairpin turn. Pretty sure it's the very same place.
Apparently people don't believe in using their brakes when something goes bad when driving.
Nice BMWs don't have air bags.
Greenbrier county, being a redneck area (I have lots of family still living there) has apparently become very open minded and elected a pretty woman to be county sheriff.
Few extras are included in the Blu-ray copy. No deleted scenes. You get to see how the killings were done and that the next installment may pick up not too far from where this one leaves off. That's about it.
The disc itself:
The picture quality was excellent and well presented with a nice menu system. There is a ton of movie trailers as well, which I could have done without.
I give this one 2.5 stars. It's not far from WT3 in my mind. Actually 3 was better. There was real character development and drama going on in 3. This was more like a bunch of idiots trying to see how fast they can get themselves killed. So this would be the worst of the bunch. If you're a fan, rent it.