Finally, a nicely crafted prequel to a worthy hillbilly horror.
In 2003 horror fans were introduced to a West Virginian trio of inbred brothers in the movie, Wrong Turn. An epic horror starring Eliza Dushku and Desmond Harrington. The story line was basic, people get lost in the woods and are hunted by three inbred, cannibalistic brothers with sick and twisted sadomasochistic tendencies. The movie was fantastic and was quickly sequel-ized. Unfortunately for the franchise the storyline in the next two films stayed exactly the same. Writers did attempt to amp up the the third film by adding hardened prisoners and a small back story but it didn’t work. The flick was beyond horrible. When news of a fourth movie hit fans rolled their eyes and with great trepidation watched. What we saw was a pleasant surprise. This set of writers took the same, but different approach to the story and within the first eight minutes the audience gets back what the last two films lost. Action, suspense, and a good laugh.
The entire series of movies revolve around brothers: Three Finger, Saw Tooth, and One Eye. This one explores their origins and first kills. Found living in a cabin in the woods of West Virginia amongst the remains of their parents the boys are taken to a sanatorium in the mountains. Deemed exceptionally smart and extremely violent they are placed in a cell in a ward full of violent loons and left to their own devices. One day a new doctor comes into the ward and is attacked by a patient. The patient steals her hairpin and uses it to try to unlock the door to his cell but fails so he throws the pin to the brothers. Three Fingers unlocks the cell door and the boys escape killing an attendant and setting everyone free. Rather euphoric with their new found freedom the other hospital patients wreak wonderfully comical havoc while the boys find the doctors. They perform electroshock therapy on the female doctor then creatively rip apart the other with their favorite weapon of choice, barbedwire. Thirty years later, a group of college kids decide to take a winter trip to a mountain cabin in West Virginia. They ride snowmobiles toward their destination and a snow storm hits. Having a hard time seeing the path they make a wrong turn at a fork and end up at the sanatorium. A few hours later they realize they are not alone and spend the rest of the trip fighting to stay alive.
Be prepared the movie slows a little after the first eight minutes but wait, as soon as you begin to get bored a head gets chucked and the boys make their grand appearance. From then on it’s just mayhem, panic, and lots of blood. There are a few notable LMFAO scenes. The first is the boyfriend who shrieks like a little girl as he watches his girlfriend get hung with barbedwire/razorwire. Another is the flesh fondue scene where the brothers are skinning and eating one of the college kids. One brother eats a finger and chokes forcing the others to Heimlich him, classic. All in all, if your a fan of the series or just the original you will like this one. It is a great addition to the franchise and you won’t be disappointed.