Film: Wrong Turn

aka: Wrong Turn 4 Bloody Beginnings

"It's the last one you'll ever take."

The Wrong Turn franchise is a series of horror films from mid 2000's.

The first three films center around a similar premise: A bunch of city people wander into backwoods of West Virginia and encounter inbred cannibal hillbillies.

The first film was released in 2003, which was followed by two Direct-to-DVD sequels: Wrong Turn 2: Dead End in 2007 and Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead in 2009. A winter-set fourth film, subtitled Bloody Beginnings, had been released in October 2011. It explores the origins of the hillbillies and is set primarily in an Abandoned Hospital (so expect Medical Horror). A fifth and sixth were also released.

The first film was produced by Stan Winston and the hillbilly makeup were provided by his team.

These movies contain examples of:

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  • Artistic License – Biology: Inbreed long enough and your family will have super powers.
  • Black Speech: The hillfolk in the series understand English, but most of them forgo speaking it in favor of a bizarre gibberish.
  • Breakout Villain: Three Finger is the only character to appear in all films. In the original, he and his brothers had about the same amount of screentime, and Saw Tooth appeared to be the leader of the group.
  • California Doubling: All films are set in West Virginia, but first two movies were shot in Canada and the third one was shot in Bulgaria.
  • Cannibal Clan: Initially, the Hilliker family started out with 10 members. By the third movie, they are reduced to two (or three). More members are introduced in the prequels.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: There be inbred hillbillies who'll torture, kill, and eat you. And not necessarily in that order.
  • Evil Laugh: Three Finger has a distinctive cackle that'll alert his victims-to-be about his presence.
  • Genre Blindness: Whenever someone makes a reference to Deliverance, that character gets only confused stares.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In the back-story of the films, all the animals have died due to industrial shenanigans and the villainous family of inbred hillbillies resorted to hunt people for food.
  • Negative Continuity: Most of the sequels pretty much ignore everything established in the previous movies, most notably in regards to how the antagonists came to be or Three Fingers' multiple deaths.
  • Numbered Sequels: Each sequel is numbered, and each have their own subtitle.
  • Sequel Escalation: The sequels have more gore, sadism and nudity in them than the original film.
  • Villain-Based Franchise: By the third movie, series revolved around Three Finger, the remaining cannibal killer. Subsequent prequels brought back his brothers, and the series revolve all three of them.

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  • Terrible Trio: The main villains: Three Finger, One Eye and Saw Tooth.
  • Underside Ride: Chris hitches a ride under one of the cars stolen by the hillbillies.

    Wrong Turn 2: Dead End 
  • Eat That: Jonesy ate feces on the previous reality show he was on, and almost choked.
  • Epic Flail: Ma's weapon of choice.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: They're remorseless killers, but Ma and Pa are anguished about their children's deaths .
  • Fanservice: Elena undressing for a staged sex scene between her and Jake. Jake isn't really keen on this, however.
  • I Ate WHAT?: Jonesy and Amber steal some of the hillbillies meat, and only after eating it find out that it was human meat.

    Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead 
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Three Finger's knife can easily cut through bone.
  • Anti-Villain: Brandon is Type I. He constantly avoids doing anything unpleasant to the protagonists unlike other prisoners and even helps them in the end to get away. Subverted towards the very end though where he kills The Hero to steal the money and swiftly meets his Karmic Death.
  • Big Bad: Three Finger, as he is the sole remaining member of his evil sibling trio from the previous two movies.
  • Brain Food: After defeating Chavez in a fight, Three Finger hoists him up a tree, opens his skull and starts eating his brains.
  • Chained Heat: The prisoners spend most of the film shackled together.
  • Clean Cut: Three Finger's traps inflict these, one example being a trap that triggers two blades from underground which leaves its victim looking like he was put through an egg slicer.
  • Continuity Nod: The cast come across the remains of the watchtower which got burned in the first movie.
  • Creepy Child: Three Toes, Three Finger's mutant hillbilly protége who helps him with his traps.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Three Finger's reaction to finding Three Toes' head on a spike is an anguished scream to the skies.
  • Eye Scream: Three Finger kills Sophie by shooting an arrow through the back of her head, which pops one of her eyes out in the process.
  • Fight Scene: There's a scene of Carlo and Three Finger beating the shit out of each other, which goes on for several minutes.
  • Retirony: Nate is about to retire from prison guarding when he is sent to accompany an important prisoner transfer, which inevitably goes wrong.
  • Stock Scream: Three Finger lets out a Wilhelm Scream when his Outside Ride in the climax comes to a sudden stop.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Underover officer Willy finally makes his move against Chavez by pushing him, but then sets off a trap, which triggers a swinging scythe that slashes his face clean off.
  • Trap Master: While he still gets his hands dirty, Three Finger now puts more emphasis on setting deadly traps.

    Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings 
  • Fanservice: The film introduces its cast by having straight and lesbian sex scenes at the same time.
  • Feel Nop Ain: Three Finger, One Eye and Saw Tooth are stated to have a severe case of congenital analgesia (meaning they feel little or no pain). This led to a period of presumably exploratory Self-Harm in their youths; Three Finger bit off and ate his missing two digits, One Eye gouged out and ate one of his eyes with a fork, and Saw Tooth began grinding his teeth against walls.
  • Final Girl: Averted. Kenia and Sara last to the end, but are killed.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Vincent has no problem about watching Sara and Bridget have sex
  • Made of Iron: The hillbillies' seeming invulnerability in the series is justified by medical reports which state that they have a disorder that makes them Feel No Pain.
  • Nose Shove: A character has a spike shoved up his nose.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's mentioned that the sanitarium staff, because they had nothing else to go by, named the hillbillies the Hillikers.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: "The Blue Danube" plays over the scene of the escaped patients wreaking havoc throughout the sanitarium.
  • Stewed Alive: A character is tied up by the cannibals, and slowly dies watching them hack off chunks of his flesh, which they dip (along with lots of veggies) in a big pot of boiling oil, for a "fucked up fondue".
  • Torture Porn: The "fucked up fondue" scene, along with a few other instances, like death via electroshock, and dismemberment on a makeshift barbed wire rack.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Sara begs others not to kill the inbreed cannibals. Cannibals' lives are spared, but in return this decision is responsible for nearly every single death in the subsequent films.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Sara inverts this. Having escape the cannibals with Kenia, it seems like she's going to make it until both die at the last possible moment.

    Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines 
  • Bad Samaritan: Maynard is introduced by having him hide a woman hunted by the cannibal brothers, only to kill her himself.
  • Big Blackout: When the hillbillies invade the town, the first thing they do is take out the phone tower and sabotage the power plant.
  • Continuity Nod: While berating the brothers, Maynard reminds them that they don't live in an abandoned hospital anymore.
  • Demoted to Dragon: The hillbilly brothers, who take orders from their kin Maynard, who's the Big Bad (albeit a Non-Action Big Bad).
  • Death by Sex:
    • Averted by the cop and random girl, who have sex in a car but survive.
    • Subverted with Lita, who has a pulse when the movie ends... but probably won't live much loner.
  • Eye Scream: Maynard convinces Lita to let him out of his cell by promising that she'll be left alone. Once out, he immediately turns on his promise and stabs her eyes out.
  • Fanservice: The film features three sex scenes, one of which involves two random characters we never see again.
  • Final Girl: Lita. She had a pulse when the movie ended at least...
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The film happens during a music festival which is held during Halloween.
  • Title Drop: One of the girls asks an officer for help, saying she made a wrong turn. Then they have sex.

    Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort 
  • An Arm and a Leg: The cannibal trio knock out Jillian's boyfriend when she's having sex with him, and then twist and tear off her legs.
  • An Axe to Grind: The cannibal trio are repeatedly told to by their kin to not to kill anyone, but they can't control themselves and kill one hotel visitor by throwing an axe at her.
  • Death by Sex: Played straight with Toni and Jillian, both of whom have sex.
    • Also literally played straight with Brian, who's suffocated by Sally with her vagina mid-sex.
    • Nymphomaniac Sally and Danny survive the film, though they are villains.
  • Demoted to Dragon: Happens to the hillbilly brothers again, as they take commands from the hotel's staff.
  • Eye Scream: A bicyclist loses both of her eyes when she pedals right into the Hillikers' barbed wire trap.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Danny is convinced to join the hilbillies and turn against his friends.
  • Outdoor Bath Peeping: The film opens with two bicyclist who get naked to have sex in a hotspring. While this happens Three Finger spies on them.

Alternative Title(s):

Wrong Turn 2 Dead End, Wrong Turn 3 Left For Dead, Wrong Turn 4 Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5 Bloodlines