Movie review: Wrong Turn 5 – Bloodlines (2012)

Another ‘Wrong Turn’ film? Okay…cool. I’m not going to miss it. For those of you who have not heard about it, it’s a franchise of films started out in 2003 based on story involving a group of deformed cannibals killing people (usually a group of youngsters) in gruesome ways, but that’s not the most horrifying part yet, as they would eat their prey’s flesh too. Disgusting! Well, this is the main selling point of the franchise which had been quite popular since then, and leads to a number of sequels and prequels to it. I like to watch films with this kind of horror, and ‘Wrong Turn 5’ would not be left out of course.

This is how the story goes basically on this 5th instalment; a small West Virginia town is hosting the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween, where throngs of costumed party goers gather for a wild night of music and mischief. But an inbred family of  cannibals kill the fun when they trick and treat themselves to a group of visiting college students. I expected that the victims (main characters) would be always those young adults hanging out with themselves and get involved to either alcohol, sex or drug as usual, and this latest film is not an exception. However, the setting now goes beyond the woods (seen in Wrong Turn 1,2 and 3) and hospital (Wrong Turn 4). Now, the murder spree is in town. However, I find the story isn’t that outstanding either as the town is all quiet and the target is still over only a small group of people.

Actually, it can be quite interesting if the story really engages well to the setting of a town which would contributes a lot of potential, no matter how small it is. Their presence should have been known to more people in the town, so that it could trigger a much larger scale of panic and involves more number of people. Then, the film has the capability to go beyond another level compared to its predecessors. Add in more hide and seek tricks, then it would be much more exciting. There goes some of my suggestions. I’m quite bored of scenes of only running away but still being ambushed ahead. This had been portrayed too many times in previous films.

Then, the amount of gore or level of gruesomeness presented isn’t appealing too. Well, I have to say some murder tactics are quite brilliant which is sort of never-thought-before and I see quite a number of bloody things out of human body too, but in the end, it just lacks some sort of ‘scare value’ to audiences. Last time, I would find myself quite terrified after watching any ‘Wrong Turn’ films. But for this one, I don’t feel any. I don’t feel disgusting, I don’t feel things getting horrible anymore. This film just didn’t do well, and another bad thing is that the story development goes downfall with some very dumb or illogical decisions made by stupidly made characters in the middle so that they would die as expected.

Ahh…anyway, it’s not really that bad. If you are a fans of this franchise, then you shouldn’t miss this instalment too. Worth watching especially for those who like brutal story like this. It just lacks excitement and gore, and some other things else. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Wrong Turn 5’ a total of 6.0. If there is next instalment, then I would still look forward to it, but please adds in more creativity to this kind of story so that it works brilliantly and not just plainly as seen from this fifth instalment.

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