Wrong Turn 2 : Dead End

Tag line : In the Forest, Only They Can Hear You Scream.

Wrong Turn 2 : Dead EndThis direct-to-video sequel to the 2003 theatrical film stars madcap rocker Henry Rollins as a former marine, turned reality TV show host, who's filming a series deep in the West Virginia woods entitled "Ultimate Survival". In which 6 contestants have to survive alone in the wilderness for week, as well as completing a number of tasks, in order to win a substantial cash prize at the end of it.

Unfortunately, for them, it seems the particular area of woods they've decided to film in happens to be inhabited by another group of inbred cannibal mutant hillbillies, much like the ones from the previous film, and fairly soon the group find they've got a REAL battle for survival on their hands.

Several members of the group get picked off and carved up in a variety of nasty ways, whilst the surviving members try to find a way out of the woods and back to civilisation. However, the hillbillies haven't counted on the resourcefulness of the shows host Dale Murphy (Rollins), who puts his Marine training to good use and starts to turn the tables on them.

Unlike the previous movie, which was a straight horror, this one has more of a campy feel to it and seems to have been made as more of a dark comedy. Henry Rollins is aptly cast as the gruff former Marine Colonel, whilst  "Texas Chainsaw's" Erica Leerson puts in an appearance as one of the contestants. Whilst there are some genuinely funny moments, such as when the group realise just what the barbeque meat is they're actually eating, I felt the film pailed in comparison to the original.

Worth a watch, though I'm not sure the additional humour works in its favour.

Overall marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "Dinner is served".

  • The film was shot in only 25 days.

  • The original concept of the film was to have a couple of the survivors from the original film returning and battling more inbreds. However, the studio decided to make this as a low budget direct-to-video feature, so that idea was scrapped.

  • The film's budget was $4,000,000.

  • Set in Virginia, the film was actually shot in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Erica Leershsen also starred in "Book of Shadows : Blair Witch 2" and the 2003 remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

  • The director wanted to have more inbreds in the film, but there were already so many people in the cast, the budget wouldn't stretch.

  • 300 gallons of blood were used in the film.

  • Stuntman Ken Kirzinger who plays "Pa", also played Jason Voorhees in "Freddy Vs Jason".

  • Wayne Robson, who plays the old timer in the film, was the only cast member from the original film to return.

  • The cackling laughter made by Three-Fingers was dubbed by director Joe Lynch, as the actor couldn't produce a sufficiently menacing laugh.

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