Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Dale Murphy (Henry Rollins) is a retired commando who plans to make a splash in the television world, thanks to his intense new reality show. The show is titled Ultimate Survival and places a group of strangers in an isolated stretch of woods, with conditions to mimic a post-apocalyptic landscape. The rules for the show are insanely complex, but Murphy and his crew are convinced it will become a smash hit. But no sooner does the competition begin when new contestants enter the fray, but these are not welcome additions. The woods happen to be home to a group of cannibalistic rednecks who have mutated thanks to countless generations of incest. These horrific beings soon begin to prey upon the Ultimate Survival guests, who are no match for these mutants. Now that the push to survive is real, can anyone escape the woods alive?

Not many horror sequels (or sequels period) turn out to be better than the original, but Wrong Turn 2 bucks that trend and puts the first film to shame. This film knows what its audience wants and throws insane gore, over the top dialogue, and sadistic, inbred mutants into the blender in copious amounts. The end result is a blood drenched, offensive, and damn fun movie that any horror fan should check out. The movie sticks with the gore, laughs, and shocks, which means not much in terms of story and what not, but the entertainment value remains high throughout. While the crazy and well crafted bloodshed steals the show, Henry Rollins is also able to chew some scenery in a memorable role. Wrong Turn 2 provides the kind of wild horror goodies the first film failed to, so if you’re after inbred redneck mayhem, this one is well recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Wrong Turn 2 is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The movie might be fun to watch, but it doesn’t create a pretty picture. The added resolution of high definition only serves to amplify the limitations of the source. The low budget nature of the film yields a below average presentation. The image looks quite soft, with some scenes on par with a DVD, which of course isn’t good news at all. Some scenes look passable however, so overall this is a minor step up over the standard edition. But don’t expect a mind blowing visual effort, as you’ll be disappointed.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio fares better than the video, but this DTS HD 5.1 option is still no barnburner. The surrounds do get a good deal of action however, especially in the more intense scenes. The presence is rarely bombastic, but there is always effective atmosphere, which adds tension and helps maintain the film’s tone. No issues arise with music or dialogue, both of which sound good and suffer from no errors. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The first commentary is with director Joe Lynch and two cast members, while the second features the two writers. Both sessions are fine, but the director/cast one is the better of the two. Lynch has a lot of energy and never seems to slow down, sharing all kinds of behind the scenes information. The writers tend to stick to their field, so you’ll hear about the process that brought Wrong Turn 2 to the screen. This disc also includes three featurettes, all of which are brief and rather skippable.

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