Wrong Turn

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Wrong Turn
Wrong Turn movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Schmidt
Produced by
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Music by Elia Cmiral
Cinematography John S. Bartley
Edited by Michael Ross
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • May 30, 2003 (2003-05-30)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12.6 million[1]
Box office $28.7 million[1]

Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film was shot in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada[2] and stars Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Jeremy Sisto. It is the first installment in the Wrong Turn film series, which includes six films.


The film opens with a young couple rock climbing deep in a remote forest of West Virginia. When Rich reaches the top, he prepares to help Halley up, but is suddenly murdered. A mysterious someone then begins to yank Halley up the cliff so she cuts the rope and falls to the ground before attempting to escape. As she rushes to the car, she trips over a piece of barbed wire and then gets pulled back into the woods.

Weeks later, medical student Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington) drives through the mountains of West Virginia on his way to a business meeting, but a chemical spill in the road ahead forces him to take a different route. After being distracted for a moment, he collides with another car that is stopped in the middle of the road since its tires have been punctured by a piece of barbed wire. The car belongs to a group of friends on a camping trip: Jessie (Eliza Dushku), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), her fiancé Scott (Jeremy Sisto), and another couple, Evan (Kevin Zegers and Francine Lindy Booth).

Evan and Francine stay to watch the cars as the others go to find help. Soon after, Evan goes to the woods to investigate a strange noise, followed by Francine who goes to look for him. She finds only his sneaker and his severed ear before she is killed with a strip of barbed wire around the throat by Saw Tooth (Garry Robbins), the oldest of the cannibals living in the woods. Meanwhile, the others find an isolated cabin and go inside to use a phone. After looking around for a moment, they are horrified to find human body parts. They quickly attempt to escape but are instead forced to hide inside when they see the family returning home. Three disfigured cannibalistic mountain men ("Three Finger", "Saw Tooth" and "One Eye") enter the cabin, bringing Francine's dead body. The four silently watch in horror as her body is messily amputated and then eaten.

Hours later after the cannibals fall asleep, they quietly attempt to escape. However, Saw Tooth awakens, alerts the other cannibals, and begins to chase them through the forest. The group climb up to a nearby clearing where they find hundreds of cars that belonged to the family's previous victims. When the cannibals arive, Chris distracts their attention so the others can run for help, but he is shot in the leg by Saw Tooth, leaving Scott to distract them instead, and he gets away. The girls help Chris into their truck and quickly drive down a nearby path to pick up Scott. They find him, but as he runs to the car, Saw Tooth kills him with arrows and takes his body back to their cabin.

Chris, Jessie and Carly reach a dead end and have to continue on foot. They stumble upon an old watchtower and find a radio inside, which they use to call for help, but do not get a response. Later, they see the cannibals armed with torches searching at the foot of the watchtower. The radio starts responding to their call, alerting the cannibals. Unable to get inside, the cannibals set the tower on fire to try and burn the group alive, but they escape by jumping out of the window into a nearby tree. As they hide, Three Finger (Julian Richings) catches Carly and decapitates her.

After escaping, Chris and Jessie hide in a cave near a waterfall until the next morning. Just as they find a road out of the woods, the mountain men find them, pushing Chris down the hill and taking Jessie back to their cabin. Chris survives the fall and meets a police officer, but before Chris is able to convince the police officer of what is happening, the man is shot in the eye with an arrow. Chris attempts to drive away in the police truck, but cannot find the key, so he instead hitches a ride underneath the truck as it is driven back to the cabin by Saw Tooth, where Jessie is tied to a bed and gagged. As she is about to be killed, Chris drives through the building and runs into One Eye. He then unties Jessie and they fight the cannibals together. They escape and Chris manages to kill all of the cannibals by blowing up their cabin.

The credits are interrupted by a scene showing a deputy sheriff investigating and picking over the remains of the destroyed cabin. Three Finger, who survived the explosion, kills the deputy. His insane laughter is heard, as the credits continue to roll.



Wrong Turn
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Commercial Releases cover
Film score by Elia Cmiral
Released June 3, 2003 (Score)
July 1, 2003 (Commercial)
Genre Soundtracks
Film scores
Length 45:43 (Score)
47:01 (Commercial)
Label Lakeshore Records
20th Century Fox

Two soundtracks were released; one contains the original film score, and the other contains popular music.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In Stance" - Eris
  2. "Bloody Fingers" - Jet Black Summer
  3. "Every Famous Last Word" - Miracle of 86
  4. "Never Said Anything" - The Belles
  5. "Why Would I Want to Die?" - Grandaddy
  6. "Haunted" - King Black Acid
  7. "Three Murders" - Deadman
  8. "Ex" - Tara King Theory
  9. "Birthday" - Simple
  10. "Even the Scars Forget the Wound" - Gruvis Malt
  11. "He's a Killer" - DJ Swamp
  12. "Bring the Pain"/"Multiple Incisions" - Candiria
  13. "If Only" - Queens of The Stone Age
  14. "Wish I May" - Breaking Benjamin


Wrong Turn received mostly mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 41% of 78 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 4.3/10. The consensus is: "An unremarkable slasher flick that fails to distinguish itself from others of its ilk".[3]


After the commercial success of the DVD release,[citation needed] the film was followed by the direct-to-DVD sequel Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007), starring Erica Leerhsen, Henry Rollins, and Texas Battle and directed by Joe Lynch. The sequel was also very successful on DVD and received positive response from film critics.[4] The film was retitled Dead Camp when shown on South Korean television.[citation needed]

The sequel was followed by Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009), directed by Declan O'Brien, who later returned to write and direct Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011) and Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012) and followed by Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) was directed by Valeri Milev.

The fourth and fifth films serve as prequel films and set both films in a alternative timeline taking place before the events of the first three films. The sixth film however completely ignores from the films but in a non-canon film, despite the appearances of Three Finger, Saw Tooth, and One Eye.


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