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Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film stars Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jeremy Sisto. The film grossed $28.7 million and had a $12.6 million budget.
Two college students, Halley Smith (Yvonne Gaudry) and Richard Stoker (Joel Harris), are rock climbing in the West Virginia Forest. Rich reaches the top, while Halley continues to climb. After Halley begins to struggle, she notices Rich's bloodied hand at the top of the cliff before his body is thrown off the cliff. Someone begins to pull Halley up the cliff by her climbing rope. She cuts it, making her fall. She attempts to escape to her and Rich's car but trips over some barbed wire before being pulled back into the woods by an unseen force, before being killed.
Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington), a medical student, is driving through the mountains of West Virginia on his way to a job interview. Due to a chemical spill in the road ahead, he is forced to take a different route. He stops at an old rundown gas station and meets an old man. The old man is not helpful, but Chris views a map detailing another possible route that heads straight towards his destination to which he needed to go. Chris decides to take the road and as he is driving he crashes into a Range Rover stranded in the middle of the road. The car belongs to a group of friends on a hiking trip: Jessie Burlingame (which happened to be the name of protagonist in Stephen King's 1992 horror novel Gerald's Game), (Eliza Dushku), Carly Numan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), her fiancé Scott Korbee (Jeremy Sisto), and a couple, Evan Ross and Francine Childes (Kevin Zegers and Lindy Booth). Jessie finds a piece of barbed wire in the area that was tied to a tree across the road after their tires were punctured. Jessie, Carly, and Scott go to the woods to find help. Chris joins them, while Evan and Francine stay with the cars. After Evan and Francine partake in a round of some funky oral sex, Evan starts to fix some luggage, before hearing a strange noise and goes to investigate.
After a while, Francine notices that he is missing, and she goes into the woods to look for him. As Francine ventures further into the woods, she finds his sneaker, and his severed ear. As Francine stumbles back, she realizes what is going on in shock, she screams and is still shocked to know what is happening when a figure wraps barbed wire around her mouth, tearing it open and killing her. As Chris, Jessie, Carly and Scott try to find help, they find an isolated cabin. They go into the cabin and discover miscellaneous objects, and human body parts in both a fridge and also the bathroom. They are horrified and try to escape, but they hear the occupants coming back and are forced to hide. Scott and Carly hide in what seems like a room filled with items from throughout the years. Chris and Jessie are forced to hide underneath one of the disgusting cots. Three cannibalistic mountain men, all whom are extremely disfigured, enter the cabin and bring in Francine's dead body. Chris, Jessie, Carly and Scott silently watch in horror, as her body is brutally butchered and messily eaten.
As the cannibals fall asleep, the friends silently escape, however, "Saw Tooth" (Gary Robbins) awakes and alerts the other cannibals and begins to chase the friends throughout the forest. The group climbs up to a nearby clearing with many cars, which they realize are the cars of the cannibal's victims. Chris makes a diversion and is shot in the leg. Scott saves him by using himself as a decoy, allowing Jessie and Carly to steal the killers truck. Evan is found dead, so Chris gets into the truck, and the friends drive down a path close by trying to find Scott. Carly sees Scott in the forest. As Scott starts to make his way towards the truck, he is shot three times in the back with arrows and is killed. An arrow almost hits the friends in the truck, although soon Chris urges to drive away and don't stop. The cannibals pick up Scott's dead body and take his dead carcass away.
Chris, Jessie and Carly hit a dead end in the road and have to continue on foot, comforting Carly about her loss. They find an old watch tower and begin to climb up, and find a radio and use it to call for help, but do not get a response. Later they see the cannibals, who are armed with torches and reaching the foot of the tower. The radio starts responding to their call, alerting the cannibals. Carly tries to make an urgent response but is interrupted when Three Finger (Julian Richings) tries to climb into the tower. Three Finger tries to get through the panel on the floor of the tower but is stomped on by Chris. The cannibals then set the tower on fire. Chris, Carly and Jessie escape by jumping out of the window into a nearby tree. They begin to climb up, but Three-Finger starts to climb up a tree near them. Chris and Jessie begin to climb higher as Carly stands on a branch, too afraid to climb further. Chris and Jessie make it to another tree, but Three-Finger sneaks up behind Carly and chops her head in half with an axe and her body falls through the trees, as Chris and a sobbing Jessie watch in horror. They decide to avenge Carly and trick Three-Finger to get hit by a branch and fall out of the tree, giving the last two survivors a chance to escape. They escape from the cannibals and hide in a cave near a waterfall until the next morning, where Chris comforts Jessie. Just as they find a road out of the woods, the mountain men find them and push Chris down the hill and capture Jessie and take her back to their cabin. Chris survives the fall and meets a police officer, but before he is able to convince the officer of what is happening, the police officer is soon killed when an arrow shot from the woods hits him in the eye. Chris attempts to drive away in the car, but does not have the keys, so instead hitches a ride underneath the car as the cannibal drives it back to the cabin.
When the cannibal arrive at the cabin, Jessie is tied to a bed and gagged with a belt, begging for help. Outside, the cannibal in the police car arrives, with Chris still under and close by. After the cannibal goes inside with the officer's body, Chris gets down from the bottom of the truck. Back inside, as Jessie is about to be killed, the front of the cabin is caught on fire and flames start flying, soon the front area and the front door is smashed through, by Chris, who is now driving the officer's car. He drives straight into the cabin and smashes into One-Eye, and the cannibal is pinned under the poilce car. When Chris unties Jessie, he is attacked by Saw Tooth. Jessie shoots Saw Tooth in the back of the neck with his own bow and arrow. Jessie and Chris also fight Three-Finger, and finish him off by hitting him with an axe straight into his body. Chris and Jessie notice that the cannibals are still stirring and are alive, and Jessie and Chris quickly go outside. Chris has only one shotgun shell left, which he shoots at the police car's gas carton, blowing up the cabin with the cannibals still inside. Chris and Jessie, driving the cannibals own truck, stop back at the gas station. Chris, badly injured, get's out of the truck and takes the map to the road, which leads to the cannibals cabin, so no one will ever go into the woods again. Chris gets back into the truck, as Jessie drives down the road, and the credits roll.
The credits are interrupted by a scene showing a deputy sheriff investigating and picking over the remains of the destroyed cabin. Three-Finger, who survived the explosion, comes up behind the deputy officer. The deputy turns to see a shadowy figure holding an axe, and then Three-Finger's face is visible as he nods and hollers. The scene fades to black and his insane laughter is heard, as the credits continue to roll.
- Desmond Harrington as Chris Flynn
- Eliza Dushku as Jessie Burlingame
- Emmanuelle Chriqui as Carly
- Jeremy Sisto as Scott
- Kevin Zegers as Evan
- Lindy Booth as Francine
- Julian Richings as Three Finger
- Gary Robbins as Saw-Tooth
- Ted Clark as One-Eye
- Yvonne Gaudry as Halley
- Joel Harris as Rich
- David Huband as Trooper
- Wayne Robson as Old Man
- James Downing as Trucker
Two soundtracks were released; one containing the original film score and the other containing some known popular music.
- The Score
- "Dark Forest"
- "Wrong Turn Title"
- "Mountain Men"
- "Cabin in the Woods"
- "Adventure Begins"
- "Mountain Men at Home"
- "Francine Dies"
- "Scott Becomes Prey"
- "Bear Trap"
- "Escape from Cabin"
- "Jessie Taken Hostage"
- "Fire in the Watchtower"
- "Grim Discoveries"
- "Are We Safe?"
- "They Got Carly"
- "Killing Mountain Men"
- "We Are Alive"
- "Three-Finger Is Back"
- Commercial Release Edition
- "In Stance" - Eris
- "Bloody Fingers" - Jet Black Summer
- "Every Famous Last Word" - Miracle of 86
- "Never Said Anything" - The Belles
- "Why Would I Want to Die?" - Grandaddy
- "Haunted" - King Black Acid
- "Three Murders" - Deadman
- "Ex" - Tara King Theory
- "Birthday" - Simple
- "Even the Scars Forget the Wound" - Gruvis Malt
- "He's a Killer" - DJ Swamp
- "Bring the Pain"/"Multiple Incisions" - Candiria
- " If Only" - Queens of The Stone Age
Wrong Turn (2003) received mixed reviews, with a selected cast, and well established film producers, the film flourished within the horror community all around the globe.
The film later received six films, along with two sequels Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007) and Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009), two prequels Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011) and Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012), and two reboots Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) and Wrong Turn (2021).