Wrong Turn [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 5912523
  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Rating: R
Despite the fact that horror fans likely missed it during its "blink-and-you-miss-it" theatrical run, director Rob Schmidt's grim, throwback chiller Wrong Turn gets a commendable DVD release thanks to 20th Century Fox. Presented in both 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 pan-and-scan, the transfer of the film is virtually flawless. With solid blacks in the frequent night scenes and spot-on skin tones as the sweaty teens elude their inbred pursuers, the image is clean and free of virtually any and all distortion and grain. One of the aspects of Wrong Turn that makes it as effective as it is in providing scares is the sound, and the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track certainly doesn't hold back when it comes to surrounding the viewer with terror. As twigs snap in the distance and various piercing objects burrow into human flesh, viewers will no doubt cringe at the remarkably vivid soundscape of this brutal film. Though at first fans may be enticed by the apparent wealth of extra features included on this disc, upon closer inspection there are really only a few truly valuable and entertaining bonuses here. A commentary track featuring director Schmidt and stars Eliza Dushku and Desmond Harrington is indeed fun in parts, and it's obvious that the trio is having a great time revisiting the film, but there are also extended stretches of silence that really grind things to a halt. In addition to citing the aforementioned use of sound and their desire to recreate that childhood rush of fear that only horror films can provide, the only other real reason to listen is to hear about the varied and numerous injuries sustained by the cast and crew during filming. Likewise, many of the extra features offer little insight into the production at all, with "The Making of Wrong Turn," and "Eliza Dushku: A Babe in the Woods" both clocking in at under five minutes -- hardly enough time to truly delve into the film's many impressive effects. The two featurettes that do stand out, however, are "Fresh Meat: The Wounds of Wrong Turn" and the one on Stan Winston, the former offering a neat look at the film's effects and the latter offering a nice retrospective in Winston's own words. Deleted scenes offer a romantic interlude under a waterfall that was likely cut for pacing, an "alternate" view of a kill that doesn't seem to differ from the onscreen version at all, and dailies of Emmanuelle Chriqui getting a mouthful of barbed wire. Rounding things out is a series of fun poster concept designs and the impressive and intense trailer.

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    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (45 out of 50)

    Special Features

    • Commentary by director Rob Schmidt and stars Desmond Harrington & Eliza Dushku
    • Deleted scenes
    • "Making of Wrong Turn" featurette
    • "Eliza Dushku: Babe in the Woods" featurette
    • "Stan Winston" featurette
    • "Fresh Meat: The Wounds of Wrong Turn" featurette
    • Poster
    • Concept gallery
    • Closed Captioned


    Wrong Turn
    A turn down an uncharted dirt road leads six young people into a night of pure terror in this horror story. Chris (Desmond Harrington) is driving through West Virginia on his way to a job interview when an auto accident slows highway traffic to a near standstill. Afraid he'll be late, Chris takes a detour down an old dirt road; a distracted Chris doesn't see an SUV stuck in the middle of the road before it's too late, and he plows into the back after his tires suddenly blow. The driver of the SUV, Jessie (Eliza Dushku), was out on a camping trip with four of her friends -- Evan (Kevin Zegers), Francine (Lindy Booth), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Scott (Jeremy Sisto) -- when their tires went out, and as Jessie and Chris compare notes on their accidents, they discover that the road has been sabotaged with barbed wire. With both parties in need of a telephone, Evan and Francine are left to look after the cars while the other four set out to find help. However, Evan and Francine soon discover they've been led into a horrible trap, and as Chris, Jessie, and their friends search for help, they find that they've fallen victim not to local pranksters, but a gang of inbred backwoods killers with a taste for blood. Wrong Turn was produced in part by Stan Winston, a legendary special-effects artist whose work has appeared in such films as Jurassic Park, Aliens, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Desmond Harrington
      Desmond Harrington - Chris Finn
    • Eliza Dushku
      Eliza Dushku - Jessie
    • Emmanuelle Chriqui
      Emmanuelle Chriqui - Carly
    • Jeremy Sisto
      Jeremy Sisto - Thomas Avon
    • Kevin Zegers
      Kevin Zegers - Evan

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best of the old school horror throwbacks


      I can't believe it took me so long to see this movie. Out of all the recent horror throwbacks/remakes such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Cabin Fever, and House of 1000 Corpses, Wrong Turn is easily my favorite of the bunch. In fact, I would argue that Wrong Turn is much more akin to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre than the remake actually was. The film runs at a brisk 82 minutes, with no downtime whatsoever. Although the plot is lacking in originality, there were many things that caught me by surprise in this film. For one, the characters in this film are actually somewhat endearing and not walking cliches. Well, two of the characters are pretty cliche, but they're the first two killed off, so they don't make much of an impression. But the rest of the ensemble are actually smart and intelligent people proactively trying to escape the horrible situation they find themselves in, rather than doing stupid things that cause the audience to yell at the screen. There are very few "don't go in there stupid!" moments in this film, and as much as those genre conventions can be fun, it provided a nice change of pace. Also, the film sets up many suspenseful setpieces that put the audienceon the edge of their seats. For the first time in a long time, I actually felt tense watching a horror movie. As much as I love horror films, they so often entail waiting for the bad guy to jump out. You know it's a going to happen, but rather it's just a question of when. In Wrong Turn there is a lot more variety when it comes to the suspense, and I always found myself in some new tense situation, rather than retreading the same familiar ground. Another fun element was the use of location in this film. It takes place in the forests of West Virginia, where the characters are surrounded by lush greens and gorgeous scenery. It provided a nice contrast to the horror, and a good change of pace to the usual dark and sand locations that often permeate horror films. Lastly, Wrong Turn was a horror movie in the way they used to make them back in the day. The film thankfully steared clear of two elements: it wasn't ironic, and it wasn't completely devoid of any light. The current trend in horror films seems to either be ironic and wink at the audience every fifteen seconds self referrentially, or to be so dark and depressing that you want to take a shower when the film is over. Wrong Turj isn't either of these things. It's simply a good old fashioned horror flick in the best way possible. Wrong Turn does a whole lot of things right, and the only glaring place I can think of where it faulters is that it's simply not an original film by any stretch of the imagination. We've seen this same story tons of times before, and although Wrong Turn has a unique execution to the storytelling, the barebones story itself is a carbon copy of all those we've already seen. All in all, Wrong Turn may not be the most original horror movie in the world, but it does what it does extremely well, and much better than we've seen it done in a really long time.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Modern hicksploitstion thrills!

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      Produced by creature-maker extraordinaire Stan Winston, WRONG TURN was among the vital horror flicks of the early 21st century that brought horror back to mainstream cinema. Alongside CABIN FEVER, SAW & HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, this film reminded audiences (and more importantly, Hollywood execs) how much fun it was to be scared at the movies (and not just "thrilled", as the 90s had folks believing). With a mutated, degenerate cannibal family laying traps & hunting human flesh as the premise, WT has great pacing, great effects & a true horror flick feel. A cheap & lovely addition to the hi-def collection!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great horror movie!


      Great horror movie, my wife and I love it! This is one of those 'it could happen to you' movies. We live in NC, but in the city. We have been to the Appalachian mountains at the NC and WV border, where movies like this and Deliverance were filmed. People think it's just a hokey story that makes good movies. It's not! There are things that go on there away from civilization that people don't know about, disturbing things! Maybe not to the extent in the film, but pretty close. That's what I think makes this movie more intriguing. If you haven't seen it, you should. This is a great horror movie that could pass for a true story. I highly recommend it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      wrong turn is a awesome horror film

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      wrong turn is one of the better horror films that have come out in a long time to bad none of the sequels wear no where near as good as the first one bc since it release it has become a classic when i first saw this film in theaters i was like wow this is a good horror film so if you want a really good scary horror film than check this one out and it is worth watching and owning so if you want a good horror film than get this movie and the blu-ray is worth owning

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Effective Horror Movie

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      The pace for which everything starts happening here is its biggest asset. This has little down time, and gets to the slashing quickly. The bond between the family of killers is well illustrated, the acting is good- especially from lead Eliza Dushku- and director Rob Schmidt gives the proceedings a very down n dirty 1970s horror movie feel- in the best possible way.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Horror is the way to go!


      This movie is just great! It's sort of like the dawn of the dead meets hannibal. I just love this movie because it has a great plot. I love horror movies so I just loved this movie naturally. Those who love horror movies should definitely wath this movie; pop in the popcorn and have a scare! There's cannibalism and disgusting looking aliens-you will so love this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      It's Ok!

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      I could of expected better from this flic but did not meet my expectations! It was to noticeable on what was coming next! I'm a big fan on these type of movies but this one was a little of copying other horror movies too much! Sorry that's just my opinion. Thanks guys Movie was $10 bucks! too much for this flic I think!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Movie Ever!!!

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      Wrong Turn is my favorite movie of all time. Sure the sequels wrecked its good name, but I cannot stray away from the fact that I love this film to death, no pun intended. Some people might say that horror movies like this one are too simplistic, but simplicity, in its finest form, is brilliance.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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