Wrong Turn

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Wrong Turn
Wrong Turn movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRob Schmidt
Produced by
Written byAlan B. McElroy
Music byElia Cmiral
CinematographyJohn S. Bartley
Edited byMichael Ross
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • May 30, 2003 (2003-05-30)
Running time
84 minutes
Budget$12.6 million[2]
Box office$28.7 million[2]

Wrong Turn is a 2003 horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B. McElroy. The film stars Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Sisto, and Kevin Zegers. It had a $12.6 million budget and grossed $28.7 million. It is the first installment in a film series that has spawned two sequels and three prequels.

It is followed by Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007).


College students Rich Stoker and Halley Smith are rock climbing in a remote forest of West Virginia. When Rich reaches the top, he is suddenly murdered before he can help Halley up. Someone then begins to yank her up the cliff so she cuts the rope and falls. She attempts to escape but gets pulled back into the woods, screaming.

Medical student Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington) drives through the mountains of West Virginia on his way to a business meeting. He stops at a gas station to ask directions and the elderly man, named Maynard tells Chris to go down Bear Mountain Road. He collides with a stopped car whose tires have been punctured. The car belongs to a group of college students on a camping trip: Jessie (Eliza Dushku), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), Scott (Jeremy Sisto), Evan (Kevin Zegers) and Francine (Lindy Booth).

Francine and Evan stay to watch the cars as the others go to find help, but both of them are later murdered by a huge mutant figure. The others find an isolated cabin and go inside to use the phone, but are horrified to find human body parts in the house and attempt to escape. However, they are forced to hide inside when the occupants return home. Three horribly disfigured cannibalistic mutant men, "Three Finger" (Julian Richings), "Saw Tooth" (Garry Robbins) and "One Eye" enter the cabin with Francine's dead body, and the hiding students watch in horror as her body is dismembered and eaten.

After the cannibals fall asleep after a long meal, the group attempts to escape. However, the cannibals awaken and proceed chasing them through the forest. The group runs into a clearing where they find hundreds of cars that belonged to previous victims, and Chris gets shot in the leg by Saw Tooth but survives. Scott creates a diversion for the other three to escape but gets killed with arrows.

Jessie, Carly, and Chris stumble upon an old watchtower and find a radio inside, which they use to call for help but get no response. Later, the cannibals arrive and are alerted when the radio starts responding to the students' call. Unable to get inside, they set the tower on fire to burn the group alive, but they escape by jumping out of the window. In the subsequent chase, Three Finger catches Carly and decapitates her with an ax. Jessie and Chris manage to escape and hide in a cave until morning. The cannibals then find them, pushing Chris down the hill and taking Jessie back to their cabin. Chris survives the fall and meets a police officer, but the officer is shot in the eye with an arrow and falls dead.

Chris hitches a ride underneath the truck as it is driven back to the cabin by Saw Tooth, and Jessie is tied to a bed and gagged. Chris drives through the building and runs into One Eye, untying Jessie and proceeding to fight the cannibals together. They escape and Chris kills the cannibals by blowing up their cabin. The pair then drives out of the forest with the cannibals' pickup truck and stumble upon Maynard to take the map nearby.

In a post-credits scene, a deputy sheriff investigating the remains of the destroyed cabin. Three Finger, who survived the explosion, rises to attack the deputy along with his infamous insane laugh.



Wrong Turn
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Commercial Releases cover
Film score by Elia Cmiral
ReleasedJune 3, 2003 (Score)
July 1, 2003 (Commercial)
Film scores
Length45:43 (Score)
47:01 (Commercial)
LabelLakeshore Records
20th Century Fox

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

Track listing (Commercial)[edit]

  1. "In Stancee" – 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?" – Grandady
  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

Track listing (Score)[edit]

  1. "Dark Forest"
  2. "Wrong Turn Title"
  3. "Mountain Men"
  4. "Cabin In The Woods"
  5. "Adventure Begins"
  6. "Mountain Men At Home"
  7. "Francine Dies"
  8. "Jessie"
  9. "Scott Becomes Prey"
  10. "Bear Trap"
  11. "Escape From Cabin"
  12. "Jessie Taken Hostage"
  13. "Fire In The Watchtower"
  14. "Grim Discovery"
  15. "Are We Safe?"
  16. "They Got Carly"
  17. "Killing Mountain Men"
  18. "We Are Alive"
  19. "Three Finger is Back"


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 41% of 80 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]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Wrong Turn (2003)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  2. ^ a b "Wrong Turn (2003)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-10-21.
  3. ^ "Wrong Turn". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 18 June 2018.

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