WRONG TURN Add To My Top 10

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Release Date: May 30, 2003

Starring: Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Jeremy Sisto

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder In the classic
hero tale, the hero encounters
obstacles and conflicts that
test his courage, stamina,
strength, and character,
resulting in a positive change
to his mental, emotional
and/or spiritual condition.
This is what seems to happen
in the new horror movie WRONG
TURN, where the selfish young
protagonist learns to risk his
life for other people when he
encounters three cannibals
living in the Southern
mountains. Regrettably,
however, this premise is
spoiled by extremely gruesome
references to the violent
habits of the cannibals,
strong foul language, some
political correctness, and
other objectionable
content. The movie opens with
a medical student named Chris
rushing through the Virginia
mountains to make an
appointment in Raleigh, North
Carolina. The road is blocked,
however, so Chris decides to
take a back road through the
woods. His car crashes into a
wrecked van whose tires ran
over some barbed wire
deliberately placed on the
road. The van's occupants,
Jessie, her friend Carly,
Carly's fiancé Scott, and
Evan and his girlfriend
Francine, are not hurt. Evan
and Francine stay behind while
the others go looking for
help. Chris, Jessie, Carly,
and Scott come across a
backwoods cabin. Looking for a
phone, they abruptly decide to
leave when they discover that
the cabin's occupants appear
to be cannibal thieves with a
lot of bloody body parts and
human belongings in their
possession. Just then, the
three occupants return with
Francine's dead body and it
takes all of their courage and
strength to keep themselves
alive. The first half of this
movie is particularly
horrific, because the
filmmakers delight in rubbing
the audience's faces in the
gruesome aspects of the
villains' cannibalism. Thus,
although Chris and Jessie
manage to kill the cannibals
and escape at the end, viewers
have to sit through the
gruesome parts first. Such
titillation is
abhorrent. WRONG TURN also
contains plenty of foul
language, some sexual
references, brief illegal drug
use, and politically correct
stereotypes of Southern people
living in rural mountain
areas. Please address your
comments to: Peter Chernin,
Chairman & CEO The Fox
Group Tom Rothman & Jim
Gianopulos, Chairmen Fox
Filmed Entertainment 20th
Century Fox Film Corp. A
division of Fox, Inc. & News
Corp. 10201 West Pico
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90035 Phone: (310)
369-1000 Website: www.fox.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 81 minutes

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Content:

(C, B, PC, AbAb, LLL, VVV, S, A, DD, M) Light Christian or redemptive worldview with hero overcoming his selfishness, marred by politically correct attitudes toward Southern mountain people, by extremely violent, gruesome portrayal of cannibalism, and by other immoral behavior; about 27 obscenities, five strong profanities and 10 light exclamatory profanities; extreme, and often gruesome, violence includes bloody images of apparently cannibalized body parts, including woman's body missing a leg and innards kept in jars, gruesome images of dead bodies, blood drips on people, sounds of villains hacking bodies, people are shot, villain shoot man to death with arrows, hatchet buried in woman's neck, stabbings, car crash, arson, and explosions; implied fornication, passionate kiss, and a couple other brief sexual references; no nudity but man in underwear and a shirt and female cleavage; no alcohol use; smoking and marijuana use; and,

GENRE: Horror

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Summary:

In the horror movie WRONG TURN, a young medical student and a young woman try to fight off three murderous cannibals in the backwoods of Virginia. Despite some light redemptive elements, WRONG TURN contains lots of cannibal carnage and foul language.

Review:

In the classic hero tale, the hero encounters obstacles and conflicts that test his courage, stamina, strength, and character, resulting in a positive change to his mental, emotional and/or spiritual condition. This is what seems to happen in the new horror movie WRONG TURN, where the selfish young protagonist learns to risk his life for other people when he encounters three cannibals living in the Southern mountains. Regrettably, however, this premise is spoiled by extremely gruesome references to the violent habits of the cannibals, strong foul language, some political correctness, and other objectionable content.

The movie opens with a medical student named Chris rushing through the Virginia mountains to make an appointment in Raleigh, North Carolina. The road is blocked, however, so Chris decides to take a back road through the woods. His car crashes into a wrecked van whose tires ran over some barbed wire deliberately placed on the road. The van's occupants, Jessie, her friend Carly, Carly's fiancé Scott, and Evan and his girlfriend Francine, are not hurt. Evan and Francine stay behind while the others go looking for help. Chris, Jessie, Carly, and Scott come across a backwoods cabin. Looking for a phone, they abruptly decide to leave when they discover that the cabin's occupants appear to be cannibal thieves with a lot of bloody body parts and human belongings in their possession. Just then, the three occupants return with Francine's dead body and it takes all of their courage and strength to keep themselves alive.

The first half of this movie is particularly horrific, because the filmmakers delight in rubbing the audience's faces in the gruesome aspects of the villains' cannibalism. Thus, although Chris and Jessie manage to kill the cannibals and escape at the end, viewers have to sit through the gruesome parts first. Such titillation is abhorrent.

WRONG TURN also contains plenty of foul language, some sexual references, brief illegal drug use, and politically correct stereotypes of Southern people living in rural mountain areas.

Please address your comments to:

Peter Chernin, Chairman & CEO

The Fox Group

Tom Rothman & Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen

Fox Filmed Entertainment

20th Century Fox Film Corp.

A division of Fox, Inc. & News Corp.

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone: (310) 369-1000

Website: www.fox.com

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