DIRECTOR Valeri Milev WRITER Frank H. Woodward STARS Anthony Ilott; Chris Jarvis; Aqueela Zoll DVD 20 October
In case you haven’t been keeping up with the Wrong Turn series (you’re forgiven) it kicked off with an effective Hills-Have-Eyes homage a decade ago, and since then has hung a loose selection of increasingly poor pictures around three deformed cannibals who roam the woods and terrorise whoever they can. Previous instalments have seen them turn up at an asylum, a town festival, and now here at an isolated hotel that has been inherited by emotionally disturbed ex Wall Street broker Danny, who arrives for the weekend with a group of friends to see his legacy. Naturally all is not as it seems, with an odd brother-sister caretaker duo running the hotel who take far too much interest in Danny’s well-being. It seems his legacy, more than simple bricks and mortar, may well be the future of the historic cannibal clans.
While director Valeri Milev can be given at least some credit for trying to push the story in a new direction, it’s handled so ineptly that even the most casual of genre enthusiasts will be able to telegraph the twists. Intelligent plotting has never been at the forefront of horror but here logic is discarded in favour of a series of brutal kills. Wrong Turn 6 adequately ticks off the exploitation staples of nudity and gore, but there’s nothing else; no character you’ll root for, no tension to keep your interest. There’s a feature on the disc that allows you to see all the various slaughter from parts one to six of this franchise. While this is infinitely more entertaining than the main film, it shows exactly what Wrong Turn is about: good-looking teenagers getting splattered in imaginative ways. The argument can be made that that statement is descriptive of the stalk-and-slash genre for the last 40 years. Perhaps. But you’ve seen this film a hundred times before. The subtitle sums it up well; this is indeed a last resort.