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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

Film poster
Directed by Joe Lynch
Produced by Jeff Freilich
Erik Feig
Written by Turi Meyer
Al Septien
Starring Erica Leerhsen
Texas Battle
Crystal Lowe
Aleksa Palladino
Daniella Alonso
Henry Rollins
Kimberly Caldwell
Music by Bear McCreary
Cinematography Robin Loewen
Editing by Ed Marx
Distributed by Fox Home Entertainment
Release date(s) October 9, 2007
Running time 93 minutes
Country Canada
US
Language English
Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $16,500,000(world wide)
Preceded by Wrong Turn
Followed by Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is a 2007 horror film, directed by Joe Lynch, and starring Erica Leerhsen, Crystal Lowe, Henry Rollins and Texas Battle. It is a sequel to the 2003 horror film Wrong Turn, which starred Desmond Harrington and Eliza Dushku, and has been available on DVD since October 9, 2007.[1] The film was commercially successful but received a mixed response from critics.[2]

Contents

Plot

Four years after the events of the first film, Wrong Turn 2 opens with a contestant Kimberly, a spoiled celebrity who's running late for her appearance on a Survivor-like reality television show. Losing her bearings in the mountains of West Virginia and while complaining to her agent on the phone, she accidentally hits someone with her car. Visibly shaken, she goes to help him, unaware that the victim is a mutated cannibal. After attempting to help, "Brother" bites her lips off while the surviving cannibal from the first film, Three-Finger, blocks her way to the car as she stumbles back crying in anguish. He then uses an ax to chop her in half vertically. Her intestines fall out and her now cut in half body falls to the ground. The two cannibals each drag half of her body away.

As the opening titles roll, five strangers appear in the movie, Nina, the goth, loner girl; Jake, the athletic, kind hearted guy; Jonesy, the goofy joker; Elena, the promiscuous "hot chick;" and Amber, the military girl. They are competing in a survivalist reality show called "Apocalypse: Ultimate Survivalist" with a theme that it takes place at the end of the world. The show is hosted by retired military commander, Dale Murphy (Rollins), who makes them give up all outside communication before starting. After Kimberly doesn't show up, the show's producer Mara steps into her place. As they move into the forest, the surviving cannibal, "Three Finger" from the first movie attacks and kills Neil, one of the producers, by slicing off a large portion of his scalp. Afterwards, another cannibal called "Pa", punctures Dale's car tires with arrows, preventing him from escaping. Dale then throws a knife that hits "Three-Finger" in the chest, who pulls it out and licks the blood from it. Dale turns around only to be knocked out by "Pa".

Later, Micheal, Mara's boyfriend, tries to create "sparks" between Elena and Jake by asking Elena to reveal her breasts to him on camera. Jake doesn't like the fact that Elena is stripping and refuses to engage in any sexual activity because of his morals. He then leaves to look for food in the woods. Elena then turns to Michael and decides to perform a "persuading" blow job (felatio) and then has sex with him, while Mara and Nina watch in disgust. Mara is devastated, then she goes with Nina to a cabin in search of a phone. There, they witness a cannibal "Ma" giving birth, and are, in turn, spotted by "Sister". The girls get out of the cabin through a dug out trench used as a toilet, as "Sister" kicks down the door. The two run away into the woods with the cannibals chasing them. During the pursuit, Mara is hit in the head with an axe and killed as Nina hides. One of the cannibals, "Pa," looks for her but doesn't find her. The other cannibals drive up with Mara tied to the hood of their truck and the cannibal gets in and drive off. Nina sets off to find the others.

Down by the lake, Michael goes back to the RV and Elena stays there to tan in her underwear. "Brother", watching her in the bushes, starts masturbating but is interrupted by "Sister" who is furious and jealous of Elena. "Sister" knocks him over and he sets off an alarm. Elena hears it and starts to get dressed. "Sister" runs out of the bushes towards Elena who trips and falls into the lake and "Sister" slashes her across the back with a machete repeatedly, killing her and revealing her spine. She stops hacking at her back when "Brother" comes out of the bush.

Back at the RV, Michael is stabbed with an arrow, taken to the cannibals' home, and later decapitated. As Three-Finger tortures Dale, who is suspended upside-down, he uses a moment to his advantage, manages to escape, and shoots the mutant with a shotgun.

Amber and Jonesy find Jake at a barbecue pit. As they eat the discovered meat, a crazed Nina races up and tells her story. Jonesy then realizes it has been Kimberly's leg that they've been eating after spotting her signature snake tattoo. As they run, Dale finds "The Old Man" (from the previous movie) in his cabin. Dale tells him about the cannibals and soon realizes the man is their un-mutated father. After a brief skirmish, Dale kills the old man by blowing him up with a stick of dynamite.

After a chase, Amber and Jonesy get caught in a trap and are soon killed with a single dual headshot arrow. Meanwhile, Nina and Jake make it to the mill filled with stolen empty cars. They soon get trapped while Michael is being beheaded live in the van.

The abandoned mill reveals to be the mutant's home and Dale managed to sneak into the compound. The family of mutants appear to function and take part in certain activities like any normal family such as watching television together and saying grace before eating. "Brother" tortures Nina at their dinner table, feeding her with Michael's flesh. While sneaking, Dale catches in a noisy trap, alerting the family who soon chases him. But he manages to kill "Brother" and "Sister" with dynamite stuck to an arrow and goes to free Nina and Jake. He frees Nina and while he helps Jake, he is shot in the back by an arrow and is then killed by a razorwire chain thrown around his throat. Nina successfully escapes, however Jake wanders into a room where an enormous meat grinder is kept, and soon gets into a fight with Pa. Realizing she has to help him, Nina returns to the mill, along with Jake who killed what they believed were the last mutants, from pushing them into the grinder. They then find Kimberly's abandoned sports car and drive away to safety.

As the film ends, the still alive Three-Finger feeds the newborn mutant baby Mara's finger and a bottle filled with a greenish chemical waste. His laugh is heard over the end credits.

Cast

Production

Wrong Turn 2 began filming on May 29, 2006, and finished on June 30, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. A one-minute teaser trailer was screened at Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors in Chicago on February 25, 2007,[3] and released online on March 2. A second teaser trailer, this time edited by director Joe Lynch, was shown at the WizardWorld convention in Los Angeles on March 18, and released on-line on April 2.[4]

The first film stills were released to Fangoria, Dread Central, and Bloody Disgusting, quickly followed by the release of the official cover art, DVD details, and disc specifications. A month later it was announced that the film was accepted at the London FrightFest Film Festival and Austin's Fantastic Fest, and premiered on August 25 in the United Kingdom, and September 21, 2007 in the United States.

Soundtrack

Wrong Turn 2
Film score by Bear McCreary
Released September 18, 2007
Genre Soundtracks
Film scores
Length 52:11
Label La-La Land
Bear McCreary chronology
Wrong Turn
(2003)
Wrong Turn 2
(2007)

The soundtrack's music was composed by Bear McCreary.

Track Listing - US Edition[5]
  1. Main Title
  2. Ultimate Survivalist Theme Song - Captain Ahab
  3. Dale for Dinner
  4. Birth of Baby Splooge
  5. Nina's Theme
  6. Mutant Cannibal Incest
  7. Into the Mill
  8. Arrow Through Two Heads
  9. Dale Vigilante
  10. Hunting Dale
  11. Rescuing Nina
  12. Dale to the Rescue
  13. The Meat Grinder
  14. Baby Splooges Lives
  15. End Credits Theme
  16. Under Your Bones - Captain Ahab/Ivor

Release and box office

Fox Home Entertainment released the film on DVD on October 9, 2007 in an Unrated version with extras that include commentary by director Joe Lynch, and actors Erica Leerhsen and Henry Rollins, a second commentary by writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien, a featurette on the making of the movie, and the trailer.

The film debuted at number 9 on the Billboard Top DVD Sales chart, and has grossed over $12 million on DVD rentals and sales, already covering its budget of $4 million.

Reception

Wrong Turn 2: Dead End received positive reviews. It currently holds a 78% fresh rating from review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews.[6]

Uncle Creepy of DreadCentral gave the film 8 out of 10 stars, stating that the film "is a hot ticket for some gore-soaked backwoods mayhem that gets even better with repeated viewings and lots of booze". Bloody-Disgusting stated that "what could have been a cheap and lazy cash-in turned out to be one of the year’s better genre offerings".

At the Gérardmer Film Festival it won the "Best Direct-to-Video Film" award.

Sequel

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

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