|Wrong Turn 2: Dead End|
|Directed by||Joe Lynch|
|Produced by||Jeff Freilich|
by Alan B. McElroy
|Music by||Bear McCreary|
|Edited by||Ed Marx|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End is a 2007 American slasher film directed by Joe Lynch and starring Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins and Texas Battle. A sequel to Wrong Turn (2003) and the second installment in the Wrong Turn franchise. It was released on DVD on October 9, 2007. The film received a positive response from critics making it the best-reviewed film in the franchise.
It is followed by Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009).
Reality show contestant Kimberly Caldwell is driving through the West Virginia back country searching for the location of her next project. While driving, she accidentally hits a teenager. She stops to help him, but he turns out to be an inbred cannibal who bites her lips off. She attempts to escape but runs into Three Finger who splits her in half with his axe before he and the cannibal Brother drag her body halves away.
Former U.S. Marine Colonel Dale Murphy is hosting a survival reality game show The Apocalypse: Ultimate Survivalist, in production at the West Virginia forest. With Kimberly's unknown absence, the show's producer Mara reluctantly takes her place to participate in the show with the other contestants: Iraq veteran Amber, lingerie model Elena, former football player Jake, skateboarder Jonesy, and graphic artist Nina. As the game starts, Three Finger and another mutant cannibal Pa murder the television crew and abduct Dale. Mara enters a cabin to find a telephone as Nina follows her. While looking around the cabin, they hear the occupants return and hide in a bedroom. Mara and Nina witness a female cannibal, Ma, giving birth to a deformed baby. Her daughter Sister spots them in the bedroom, forcing the two to escape through the toilet pit. They run into the woods, but Mara is hit in the head with a hatchet thrown by Pa. Nina searches for the others as the cannibals collect Mara's body. At the lake, Sister slashes Elena to death with a machete while Pa and Ma hijack the RV and capture cinematographer M.
Dale manages to escape and battles Three Finger, ending the fight after Dale shoots the cannibal to the lake with a shotgun. He then enters the mutant family's cabin and finds the old gas station attendant, who reveals how the cannibals' mutations were caused by inbreeding and effluent dumped in the river from an abandoned paper mill 30 years ago. The man, who is revealed to be the guardian of Three Finger and the two other inbred mountain men who have been killed, attacks Dale to avenge their deaths. After a brief skirmish, Dale kills the old man by blowing him up with a stick of dynamite. Meanwhile, the three other contestants are eating some meat found by Amber and Jonesy when Nina returns to explain her story. They then realize that they have been eating Kimberly's leg and attempt to escape but Nina separates from the group while they're fighting Brother and Sister. Jake rescues Nina from a pit and they jump into the river to escape Sister.
After Amber and Jonesy were killed while searching for help, Nina and Jake enter the mill and find a garage with vehicles stolen from prior victims. They find the RV, and Jake enters it only to witness M being decapitated by Ma on a live feed monitor inside. Nina and Jake attempt to leave but the cannibals capture them. The next day, while the two are held hostage, Dale sneaks into the compound to distract the cannibal family who were eating their dinner and manages to kill Brother and Sister with a dynamite attached to an arrow. He frees Nina and Jake, but is killed by Ma and Pa who were incensed by the deaths of their children. Nina successfully escapes, but Jake wanders into a room fitted with a tree debarker where he is attacked by Ma and Pa. Nina returns to the mill and kills Ma and Pa with the debarker. Nina and Jake find Kimberly's abandoned sportscar and drive away.
Meanwhile, Three Finger has survived and is seen raising the mutant family's baby, feeding it with a bottle of effluent and a human finger.
- Erica Leerhsen as Nina Papas
- Henry Rollins as Dale Murphy
- Texas Battle as Jake Washington
- Aleksa Palladino as Mara Stone
- Daniella Alonso as Amber Williams
- Steve Braun as Matt "Jonesy" Jones
- Matthew Currie Holmes as Michael "M" Epstein
- Crystal Lowe as Elena Garcia
- Kimberly Caldwell as Kimberly
- Wayne Robson as Old Timer
- Ken Kirzinger as Pa
- Ashlea Earl as Ma
- Clint Carleton as Brother
- Rorelee Tio as Sister
- Jeff Scrutton as Three Finger
- Cedric De Souza as Neil
- John Stewart as Wojo
- Bro Gilbert as Chris
- Patton Oswalt as Tommy (voice)
|Wrong Turn 2: Dead End|
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|Released||September 18, 2007|
|Wrong Turn soundtrack chronology|
- "Main Title" (3:39)
- "Ultimate Survivalist Theme Song" (3:20) by Captain Ahab
- "Dale for Dinner" (2:33)
- "Birth of Baby Splooge" (3:04)
- "Nina's Theme" (2:43)
- "Mutant Cannibal Incest" (3:01)
- "Into the Mill" (2:49)
- "Arrow Through Two Heads" (3:18)
- "Dale Vigilante" (3:19)
- "Hunting Dale" (3:40)
- "Rescuing Nina" (3:04)
- "Dale to the Rescue" (3:18)
- "The Meat Grinder" (2:15)
- "Baby Splooge Lives" (2:36)
- "End Credits (Theme from Wrong Turn 2)" (3:39)
- "Under Your Bones" (5:25) by Captain Ahab featuring Ivor
Wrong Turn 2: Dead End was screened both at the London FrightFest Film Festival on August 25 in the United Kingdom and Austin's Fantastic Fest on September 21, 2007, in the United States, respectively.
The film was released on DVD on October 9, 2007, in an unrated version with extras include commentary by director Joe Lynch and actors Erica Leerhsen and Henry Rollins, a second commentary by writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien, a featurette on the making of the film and the trailer. The film later released on Blu-ray on September 15, 2009. It grossed $9 million in home video sales in the US.
Steve Barton of Dread Central gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, stating that the film "is a hot ticket for some gore-soaked backwoods mayhem that gets even better with repeated viewings and lots of booze." Brian Collins of Bloody Disgusting stated that "what could have been a cheap and lazy cash-in turned out to be one of the year's better genre offerings". David Johnson of DVD Verdict said the film is "a derivative and stupid outing" but very entertaining. David Walker of DVD Talk rated the film 3.5/5 stars and called it "a consistently entertaining film" that effectively parodies and homages genre films that have come before it.
At the Gérardmer Film Festival, the film won the "Best Direct-to-Video Film" award.
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