First things first. This movie should not have been titled WRONG TURN. It should have been called THE FOUNDATION. I get that the same guy who wrote the original WRONG TURN wrote this one and they wanted to keep the continuity, but the title scarcely applies to this new film. The characters do take a “wrong turn” (while hiking instead of driving) but this one skews much closer to MIDSOMMAR or THE WICKER MAN than it does to THE HILLS HAVE EYES, like its predecessor.
I read in one review somewhere that the first great Horror film of 2021 is here, and I concur. Why are several of the geek sites, then, not sharing the love for this one? I think, if you go into it expecting the wrong thing—something remotely like the original WRONG TURN or any of its 99 straight-to-video sequels, for example—you might be disappointed. This one is far headier, smarter and more nuanced, less visceral. Not that things don’t get nasty. They do, big time. And if you are someone aware, as readers of this site will tend to be, of the real-life instances of strange disappearances in the woods, the Missing411-type cases, you’re more primed to appreciate this new movie.
Right at the end, I thought they’d lost me. It had been so great up till then, and then I thought they’d fumbled. But nope, they got it back. Won me back over. I left the theater with a big smile. You’ll see what I mean when you see it.