Wrong Turn

Crimes

  • Besmirching West Virginia's good name by depicting it as a land overrun with inbred, murderous hillbillies
  • Pretending Scream never happened and adhering to every possible horror-film cliché
  • Resembling the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Deliverance, and The Hills Have Eyes, but still pretty much blowing

    Defender
    Director Rob Schmidt and actors Eliza Dushku and Desmond Harrington

    Tone Of Commentary
    Jovial, admiring, repetitive, and unafraid of long silences. Schmidt makes frequent reference to trying to create a "'70s-style horror movie," and no one seems to notice that he failed in all but the most superficial respects. Instead, Dushku and Harrington comment on the film's effectiveness when they aren't discussing how much fun they had making the movie, apart from the hellishness of filming certain sequences.

    What Went Wrong
    Officially, nothing. The toeing-the-party-line commentary talks about how well audiences responded to the film. There are hints of dissent, however. Commenting on seeing the first cut of Wrong Turn, Harrington notes, "I remember wanting to see more, which Brian Gilbert and Stan Winston, the producers, kindly... they made more for us. Ha!" Later, Schmidt mentions that the film had fewer production problems "once we cut the necrophilia out of the script."

    Comments On The Cast
    Everyone gets some love from Schmidt, but he singles out Dushku. "A thing that I really admire about Eliza," he says, "is that she wants to represent young women as able and together and focused and powerful." Schmidt makes this observation shortly before a scene in which Dushku is bound, gagged, and threatened by a mutant backwoodsman.

    Inevitable Dash Of Pretension
    Explaining her wardrobe, Dushku says, "Guys, can I give a shout-out to my Albanian people? The flag on my shirt there is the double-headed eagle from me and my Albanian peoples." Offscreen, the chests of Albanian peoples everywhere swell with pride.

    Commentary In A Nutshell
    Dushku, on the sound effects accompanying a killing: "Did you hear that noise? That was like 'Squirt, squirt, squish!'"

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