Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
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It's hunting season in the deep back woods for Three Finger and his family of hideously deformed inbred cannibal hillbillies! The fight for survival is futile and each successive killing is more gruesome than the last as the cannibals relentlessly stalk a group of attractive young hikers and a group of escaped convicts after their bus crashes on a remote country road.
Well, it doesn't waste any time: the opening sequence of Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead gets cracking with an eyeball-popping sequence of gory horror that signals the carnage-fest to come. (And the term eyeball-popping is meant to be taken quite literally here.) This sequel in the crazed-inbred-hillbilly franchise places a group of hardened prisoners, and a few guards, in the midst of foresty mayhem, along with the lone survivor of the opening attack on river-rafting teens (Janet Montgomery). So after the first few minutes the entire film takes place at night in a thick forest, which leads to visual monotony despite the periodic attacks from insane rednecks and skin-lacerating booby traps. (In fact, the most heroic character deliberately leads the cons in circles in the forest--not the most exciting narrative device.) The dialogue is clunky and some of the peripheral acting is Z-movie level, but give the movie credit for including a couple of authentic badasses: Tamer Hassan (from Layer Cake and Eastern Promises) as a furious gangster, and hulking Gil Kolirin. The indestructibility of the villains makes any chance of credibility impossible (who knew inbreeding would result in such superpowers?), so the only choice is to sit back and witness the various ingenious ways of killing. Which are many. The coda will probably have viewers outraged, but by then you know what kind of movie you're watching. --Robert Horton
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It starts out looking like a good dose of what we've already seen. Four good looking white college-age rafters out in the West Virginia woods where they probably shouldn't be. We get a few minutes of some pretty spectacular nudity and then just as there's about to be a sex scene, the two lovers get pierced by an arrow. There's nothing like the Wrong Turn movies to remind you how scary arrows can be. And as a viewer, it seemed to me that the four rafters were being killed off darned fast. If the movie was to be all about them, there wasn't going to be much of a movie left.
Well, one camper, Alex (Janet Montgomery), the obligatory good-looking tomboy, makes her getaway into the scary woods, and the others perish (impaled right through the back of the head with a huge spear, caught in a booby trap that slices the body into three pieces, etc)
And then we're taken forward to days, to a maximum security (I'm guessing...I'm a Democrat, we know more about schools than prisons) prison where two titanic cons, Chavez (Tamer Hassan) and Floyd (Gil Kolirin) are planning a break together during an upcoming transport. The authorities, having caught wind of it via their plant (Christian Contreras), arrange to have the transport moved up two days. And routed through the West Virginia backwoods. Through the place you don't want to be unless you're looking to get shanghaied by vicious flesh-eating hillbilly mutants.
They get shanghaied by vicious flesh-eating hillbilly mutants. What follows is an entertaining, bloody romp through the woods with all the added testosterone you want from a prison break movie. The movie serves up two great clash-of-the-titans style hand-to-hand combat scenes, one between Chavez and Floyd, and then between Floyd and the three-toed hillbilly who is the film's main antagonist.
This is not the grindfest that movie 2 was, nor is it the perfectly orchestrated pulse-check escape movie that the first was, but there is such a strong current of brutality under the surface here, with one of the most disturbing skull-crack moment I've seen since Udo Boll's Seed, that I really have to say it makes the grade. Do you think the series will get five-for-five? I'm eager to see!
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Horror they say - utter jargon, I say. This movie was such a cliche!Read more