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This installment of the franchise contained the most disapointing opening of all of them. However it did surpass (4 Bloody Beginnings)as it went on. The characters were slightly more developed, which is very important to any horror film. The kills only work if you somewhat care about them. I agree with many of the other reviews on how stupid (for lack of a better word) the plotline was, but I guess like any fan I'm hoping this situatuion was created to get us through & past the mess that was #4. Please bring back the creative camera angles & characters that actually fight for survival. Take us back to the isolation and desperation we were given in the beginning of the Wrong Turn series. I guess if I had to point out what was really decent in this movie it would be the downfall of the final two victims. While sort of predictable, you can't help but feel for them. My wish for the Wrong Turn Franchise, take us back to the present but by all means take the time and be clever about it. Learn from the success of the original ...Believable Is Very Scary!
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:
Story: 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.
The kills: 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.
The sex: 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.
The set: This town sure looked like a small movie set. I was unimpressed. Low budget all the way here.
The acting: 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.
The Extras: 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.
I'm sorry but this movie was complete garbage, and I'm saying that as a dedicated Wrong Turn fan. Very disappointing. Not only were Maynard's (Doug Bradley) lines unbelievably cheesy, but the movie was nauseatingly predictable. The characters were forgettable, and I thought it was ridiculous how the entire town just suddenly disappeared to the festival and was not heard from again. If you like gory kills and nothing more, sure, this film is for you. If you prefer real plots and good acting in your horror, though, look elsewhere. (Assuming you already saw the first two Wrong Turn films, might I suggest trying Wrong Turn 6? That one wasn't half bad, actually! At least it had some sort of story.) Overall, this was easily the worst film of the series. The third is a distant second, in my opinion.
I'm up for some cheesy horror movie anytime but holy moly, this takes the cake. Beyond terrible acting, scripting, story. Set at a Universal lot and a parking lot next to some trees, this movie moves so slow and when there is some gore, it is so weak and cheesy. Not even worth your time even if you watch the movie for free. One of the worst movies I have ever seen.
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2016
Wrong Turn 5 maintains the fear and momentum of the past films when terror reigns city-wide during a yearly festival. There was plenty of action and suspense in this one, and a great performance by Doug Bradley has the father of our malevolent inbreds. A fun ride.
Not bad at times but didn't like where they ate human parts. It was good when they where capturing them but also didn't like where they took axes and chopped off their body parts. So far I would say I liked it the least of all the wrong turns.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2020
The 'Wrong Turn' franchise fumbles along like a wayward simpleton with this fifth entry helmed by repeat offender Declan O'Brien and an attempt to ramp up proceedings by bringing in the horror big guns - this time, 'ol Pinhead himself Doug Bradley pops up to lend some class amongst the crass...
Our favourite backward loony-tune serial murderers The Hillicker Brothers (Three Finger, Saw Tooth and One Eye) are back in the woods still plying their trade of kidnapping teens and objecting them to 90 minutes of tedium (sorry, my mistake - that's the filmmakers) when they are joined by fellow sicko Maynard Odets (Bradley, going for redneck but managing Covent Garden) who somehow becomes their boss and begins pulling their strings... However, when stock teens Billy (Simon Ginty), Cruz (Amy Lennox), Lita (Roxanne McKee), Gus (Paul Luebke) and Julian (Oliver Hoare) arrive to celebrate the Mountain Man Music Festival for Halloween - the dinner bell is proverbially rung, alerting our hungry maniacs that a whole heap of fresh meat has just been put out on the table... Cue a series of 'inventive kills' (supposed bread and butter for this series) where our heroes are hunted by the Brothers until one final heroine emerges: Will she vanquish these socially challenged devils or will they reign over her - destined to torment again? I'm not gonna go into too much spoiler territory here, but (shhhhhh don't tell anyone) there's a 'Wrong Turn 6'...
This fifth movie in the franchise and the third to be directed by O'Brien (who also writes this dreck, true believers) following his turn on Parts 3 and 4 respectively is if honest - pretty much more of the same: Gratuitous sex, ropey CGI with juvenile splatter topped off with pre-school level acting and dumbo scenarios - but hey, I wasn't expecting high art! Its well produced in a lame direct to video kinda way and adheres to the rules of its own numbskull subgenre - sure, its stupid and aims for the lowest common denominator (think Troma or Full Moon) but if one's in the right frame of mind (drunk) for some mindless grue filled shenanigans - its not the worst thing in the world. Lead Roxanne McKee ('Game of Thrones', 'F' and erm... 'Hollyoaks') makes for an adequate lead ably supported by veteran horror icon Bradley, who although falters with his redneck characterisation still adds a spot of elderly statesmanship to the whole endeavor.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Video's DVD release sports one of those crispy digital transfers we all know and love with vibrant audio along with a set of okay-ish extra features. All in all, this one won't rock anyone's boat or inspire them to go out and put on a 'Wrong Turn' marathon event raising money for undervalued maniacs - but as a beer 'n buddies night in, its perfectly serviceable. And when I say serviceable - I mean just about watchable.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2014
the only Wrong Turn film I enjoyed, if you are new to the series i'd suggest watching this one, then after see the first movie and don't see the rest, this one is a prequel to the first one anyway so it would make sense to see before you see the first. 2,3,4,6 are wastes of time.
Oh dear this franshise has gone a few wrong turns too many the excellent first one followed by an okay second has now gone to number five this one bored me as I've seen better the characters were not likeable like in the first film and the mutants even looked like they had rubber masks on