Horror Cinema: Wrong Turn (2021)

I am a massive fan of the Wrong Turn franchise. The first film had a kick-ass heroine, and the following movies continually out-did themselves in gore and senseless killings, to my cheering it on. One of my all-time favorite horror scenes is the decapitation in the school gym in Wrong Turn 4, let alone the decapitation at the end of that movie on the snowmobile. So good.

When I saw that there was a new addition to the franchise, I watched it as soon as I could. Before turning it on, I looked up reviews to see if I could get a feel of what to expect, and I was warned that this movie was not going to be what a Wrong Turn franchise movie would usually offer. Reading that, I went into it disliking it. If I don’t have cannibals and a total kill count by the end of the movie, will I have truly seen a Wrong Turn movie?

I can’t say I hated it. I would consider it a light version of the franchise. The effort to pull the expected senseless gore into a storyline was difficult because what makes a Wrong Turn movie great is that the plot is just that some buggers take a wrong turn and get hunted and eaten by cannibals. Although I wasn’t loving the plot, I did like that it never lagged, and the conclusion was satisfying, even if it was simply the satisfaction of ending on an intense scene.

I also can’t say I’d watch this movie again, even if I wanted to introduce someone to the franchise. Not a big deal because the other versions will certainly continue to be in regular rotation for horror movie nights.

Nelson, Mike P. Wrong Turn (2021), Saban Films, 2021.

DYK: Vincent Price Is In The House!

Did you know that Vincent Price appeared in eight horror productions with the word “house” in the title?

The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

House of Wax (1953)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House of Usher (1960)

House of 1,000 Dolls (1967)

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein (1971)

Madhouse (1974)

House of the Long Shadows (1983)

Horror Cinema Trivia: The Changeling (1980)

The house seen in the movie in real life does not and never actually did exist. The film-makers could not find a suitable mansion to use for the film so, at a cost of around $200,000, the production had a Victorian gothic mansion façade attached to the front of a much more modern dwelling in a Vancouver street. This construction was used for the filming of all the exteriors of the movie’s Carmichael Mansion. The interiors of the haunted house were an elaborate group of interconnecting sets built inside a film studio in Vancouver.

Horror Cinema Trivia: Night of the Living Dead

One of the original script ideas called for Barbara to be a very strong, charismatic character. Instead, George A. Romero and the producers loved Judith O’Dea’s portrayal as a terrified young girl much better, and edited the script to accommodate the part.

The idea of Barbara being a strong, central character was revisited in Night of the Living Dead (1990).

Find more behind-the-scenes facts about this zombie classic at IMDb Trivia: Night of the Living Dead (1968).

Horror Comedy Trivia: Young Frankenstein

When Mel Brooks was preparing for this film, he discovered that Ken Strickfaden, who had made the elaborate electrical machinery for the lab sequences in the Universal Frankenstein films, was still alive and living in the Los Angeles area. Brooks visited Strickfaden and found that he had stored all the equipment in his garage. Brooks made a deal to rent the equipment and gave Strickfaden the screen credit he did not receive for the original films.

Frankenstein, 1931
Young Frankenstein, 1974

Find more behind-the-scenes facts at IMDb Trivia: Young Frankenstein (1974).