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Wrong Turn

Promotional poster for Wrong Turn
Directed by Rob Schmidt
Produced by Stan Winston
Brian Gilbert
Erik Feig
Robert Kulzer
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Starring Desmond Harrington
Eliza Dushku
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Music by Elia Cmiral
Cinematography John S. Bartley
Editing by Michael Ross
Studio Regency Enterprises
Summit Entertainment
Constantin Film
Newmarket Capital Group
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (All US rights, UK DVD)
Pathé (UK theatrical)
Summit Entertainment (non–USA)
Release date(s) May 30, 2003
Running time 84 minutes
Country US
Language English
Budget $12,600,000 [1]
Gross revenue $28,650,575 (worldwide) [1]
Followed by Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film, directed by Rob Schmidt, and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film stars Desmond Harrington, and Eliza Dushku. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,[2] and was followed by Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, due to its commercial success. The film was entitled "Dead Camp", when shown on South Korean television. Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead was released direct-to-video in October 2009.



Two college students, Halley and Rich, are rock climbing in the West Virginia forest. Rich reaches the top first, and admires the view. Halley starts to struggle and falls, but her climbing line catches her. She calls out for Rich to pull her up the rest of the way, but she doesn't get an answer. Then she sees Rich's hand at the top of the cliff, dripping blood that lands on her face, before his body is thrown off the cliff. The killers then start hauling Halley up by her climbing line, but she cuts her rope. Halley desperately tries to climb back down the cliff, but falls. She lands next to Rich's dead body, screams, then runs back towards her car. The trees around her move and three eerie laughs are heard. Just before she reaches her car, Halley trips over a piece of barbed wire and is dragged back into the woods, screaming.

The opening credits feature a montage of newspaper articles and photos about mountain men, genetic mutation caused by inbreeding, and a series of missing person reports, giving a clue to the nature of the killers.

Medical student Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington) 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. After receiving unhelpful instructions from an old man at a rundown gas station, Chris decides to take an abandoned dirt road through the woods. He then crashes into a Range Rover stranded in the center of the road.

The car belongs to a group of friends on a hiking trip: Jessie (Eliza Dushku), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), her fiance Scott (Jeremy Sisto), Francine (Lindy Booth) and her boyfriend Evan (Kevin Zegers). Their tires were punctured by barbed wire strung across the road. Francine and Evan stay with the cars, while the remainder of the group hikes through the woods to find help.

After everyone has left, a brief scene suggests that Francine gave Evan a blow job while they were being watched (unbeknown to them), by a sick cannibal mountain man.

Francine gets into one of the cars and starts to eat and doesn't notice Evan walking into the woods, investigating a noise he heard there. After a while Francine notices he is missing and goes looking for him. As she ventures further into the woods she finds his sneaker and his severed ear lying on the ground. Terrified, she screams and stumbles back but is attacked from behind. The mountain man rapes her brutally before he wraps barbed wire around her mouth, tearing it open.

Meanwhile, the others come across an isolated cabin, filled with odds and ends, and then they discover human body parts in the refrigerator and bathtub. Before they can escape, they hear the occupants coming back. They look out the window and see a yellow pickup truck proceeding towards the cabin. They run to the back of the cabin and discover a back door, only to find out that it is blocked off by wooden boards. Their last choice was to hide. Jessie and Chris hide under a bed and Carly and Scott lock themselves in the bathroom. Soon after they hid themselves, several men enter the cabin and toss Francine's dead corpse next to the bed where Jessie and Chris are silently watching. From the keyhole in the bathroom door, Carly and Scott watch as the disfigured men butcher Francine and eat her.

After the cannibals fall asleep, the friends attempt to escape but accidentally wake them. The group flee through the woods and hide in a clearing with many stolen cars belonging to past victims. Chris makes a diversion and is shot in the leg with a shotgun. Scott then tries to decoy the cannibals away from Chris, allowing the girls to rescue him and steal the mutants' pickup truck. Scott runs through the forest and is about to get in the truck with his friends but is shot three times in the back with arrows from one of the murderer's longbows.

The remaining three—Chris, Jessie, and Carly-hit a dead end in the road and have to continue on foot. They climb into an old firetower and try to use the radio inside to call for help, but get no response. As the cannibals arrive at the watchtower, someone returns the radio call, alerting the cannibals. The cannibals shoot at the radio through the window, destroying the radio.

After climbing the ladder, one of the cannibals tries to lift the trapdoor but Chris stomps on his fingers. He climbs back down and burns the watchtower. The three escape by jumping out of a window into a nearby tree. They begin to climb up it but one of the cannibals senses them up there and climbs up. Chris and Jessie begin to climb higher up the tree as Carly rests. The cannibal sneaks up behind her and slices her head off with an axe. Her body falls through the trees below.

Chris devises a plan to knock the cannibal out of the trees with a branch, but needs to lure the cannibal to the right position. Before he can go to lure him, Jessie runs out and starts to scream. The cannibal is nowhere to be seen. Suddenly he jumps out at her and she falls down onto the branch. As she starts to shinny backwards, Chris releases the branch and the cannibal is sent flying backwards and lands with a thud on the ground.

Chris and Jessie escape the tree and hide in a cave behind a waterfall until the next morning, both of them suffering nightmares of the cannibals finding them. Just as they find a road out of the woods, the mountain men find them, push Chris down the hill, capture Jessie and take her back to their cabin.

Chris meets a police officer on the road, but before he can convince the policeman what is happening, an arrow appears, coming out of the policeman's eye. Chris jumps into the police truck and tries to drive away, but he doesn't have the keys. Chris hides and watches as the cannibal loads the cop's body into the truck and drives it back to the cabin, Chris hitching along by hanging onto the underside.

When they arrive at the cabin, Chris finds Jessie tied up to a bed and gagged with a dog leash. He unties her and they fight with the cannibals, finishing by Chris shooting a bottle of gas and the house exploding with all three cannibals inside.

The film ends with Chris and Jessie driving the cannibals' truck out of the woods.

The ending credits are interrupted briefly by a scene that shows a sheriff's deputy picking over the remains of the destroyed cabin. Three Finger comes up behind him and kills him with an axe, showing that at least one of them survived. The screen goes black, and the cannibal's insane laughter is heard.



Wrong Turn received mixed reviews, with a current 40% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


Because of the commercial success of the DVD release, the film was followed by the 2007 direct–to–video sequel Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, which stars Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, and Texas Battle, and was directed by Joe Lynch. The sequel was also very successful on DVD and received positive response from the critics.[3]

On June 30, 2008, Bloody Disgusting learned that Declan O'Brien will be directing Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead.[4] Joe Lynch did not return for the third film. The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 20, 2009.[5] The first trailer was released April 20.


Wrong Turn

The Comercial Releases Soundtrack
Film score by Elia Cmiral
Released June 3, 2003 (SCORE),July 1, 2003 (Comercial Releases)
Genre Soundtracks
Film scores
Label Lakeshore Records, 20th Century Fox
Elia Cmiral chronology
Wrong Turn
Wrong Turn 2

There were two soundtracks released. One was of original music, and the other of commercial releases.

Track listings

The Score[6]
  1. Dark Forest
  2. Wrong Turn Title
  3. Mountain Men
  4. Cabin In The Woods
  5. Adventure Begins
  6. Mountain Men At Home
  7. Francine Dies
  8. Jesse
  9. Scott Becomes Prey
  10. Bear Trap
  11. Escape From Cabin
  12. Jesse Taken Hostage
  13. Fire In The Watchtower
  14. Grim Discoveries
  15. Are We Safe?
  16. They Got Carly
  17. Killing Mountain Men
  18. We Are Alive
  19. Three-Finger Is Back
Edition with Commercial Releases
  1. In Stance - Eris
  2. Bloody Fingers - Jet Black Summer
  3. Every Famous Last Word - Miracle of 86
  4. Never Said Anything - The Belles
  5. Why Would I Want To Die? - Grandaddy
  6. Haunted - King Black Acid
  7. Three Murders - Deadman
  8. Ex - Tara King Theory
  9. Birthday - Simple
  10. Even The Scars Forget The Wound - Gruvis Malt
  11. He's A Killer - DJ Swamp
  12. Bring The Pain/Multiple Incisions - Candiria


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