Wrong Turn 3 : Left for Dead

Tag line : What You Don't See Will Kill You

Wrong Turn 3 : Left for DeadA prison bus full of convicts, being transferred to another facility, are run off the road by a mysterious pick-up truck, causing them to crash just off a remote mountain highway. The prisoners waste no time in overpowering the guards and grabbing their guns, but they soon find out the people in the truck were not trying to help them break out.

As the prisoners head off into the woods in their bid for freedom, with their former guards, now held captive, in tow, they find the forest laden with all manner of elaborate traps, which they randomly manage to stumble into, as well as finding themselves being picked off by a mysterious hillbilly character, who keeps popping up periodically, and is a crack-shot with a bow and arrow.

As the group stumble about in the dark trying to make it to the next town, where they hope they can make a break for it from there, they come across a lone backpacker named Alex (Janet Montgomery) who's been hiding in the woods for days and claims that she's being stalked by mutant, retarded, inbred hillbillies who've already butchered her friends.

Yes it seems our cannibalistic colleagues from the previous films are up to their old tricks again, and they intend to use the convicts to stock up their pantry with. But one of them, a hardened criminal named Chavez (Tamer Hassan), has other ideas and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his freedom, and as the convicts and hillbillies face off, things prepare to get bloody!

Being a bit of a bizarre cross between "The Fugitive" and "Hills Have Eyes", obviously there was no way that this was going to be better than the original, but I was pleasantly surprised at just how well this turned out (though admittedly, I had fairly low expectations). The plot, having hardened convicts fighting off the hillbillies, did at least have the virtue of never having been done before (that I know of anyway) and made a refreshing change from just watching annoying teens getting carved up.

A decent enough popcorn film. If you enjoy backwoods slasher films, give it a go.

Overall Marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Which Detour Will You Take?", "He Just Can't Wait To Meat You".

  • Despite being set in the USA in Virginia, the film was actually shot in Bulgaria and the cast were predominantly English.

  • The movie was filmed in just 24 days.

  • Janet Montgomery, who plays Alex, also starred in "The Hills Run Red".

  • The prison featured in the film was actually the Busmantsi Detention Centre, which is located in the village of Busmantsi, just outside the city of Sofia, Bulgaria.

  • Eliza Dushku was rumoured to be making a cameo appearance in the film, but these proved to be unfounded.

  • The Prison Bus used in the film broke down on the first day of filming, so the cast and crew had to push it into position in order to complete shooting.

  • Gil Kolirin, who plays Floyd, actually did the stunt where he's set on fire himself.

  • Emma Clifford, who plays Deputy Lane, also played Ms Rossi in "Lesbian Vampire Killers".

  • Filming through the night, the director would play music between takes and have the actors dance to it as a means of keeping them awake.

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