Wrong Turn

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Wrong Turn
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rob Schmidt
Produced by Stan Winston
Brian Gilbert
Erik Feig
Robert Kulzer
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Starring Desmond Harrington
Eliza Dushku
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Jeremy Sisto
Kevin Zegers
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 $28,650,575[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 starred Desmond Harrington, Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jeremy Sisto. It is the first film in the series which has since grown to include five direct-to-DVD films.


In the remote forest of West Virginia, Halley Smith (Yvonne Gaudry) and Rich Stoker (Joel Harris) are rock climbing on a cliff. As Rich prepares to help Halley, she witnesses his sudden murder. Someone begins to pull Halley up the cliff so she cuts the rope and falls to the ground. Halley then attempts to escape to her car but trips over a piece of barbed wire before being pulled back into the woods, screaming, by one of the three cannibalistic mutant mountain men.

Medical student Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington) drives through the mountains of West Virginia. A chemical spill in the road ahead forces him to take a different route. He stops at a rundown gas station and meets an old man (Wayne Robson). The old man is not helpful, but Chris sees a map detailing another route heading to his destination. Chris decides to take the road, but on his way, he collides with a Range Rover stopped in the middle of the road. The car belongs to a group of friends on a hiking trip: Jessie Burlingame (Eliza Dushku), Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), her fiancé Scott (Jeremy Sisto), and a couple, Evan and Francine (Kevin Zegers and Lindy Booth). Their tires have been punctured by a piece of barbed wire.

Evan and Francine stay to watch the cars as the others go to find help. Evan goes to the woods to investigate a strange noise. After a while, Francine goes into the woods to look for him. She finds only his sneaker and his severed ear before she is killed with a strip of barbed wire by Saw-Tooth (Garry Robbins), the oldest of the cannibals.

Chris, Jessie, Carly, and Scott find an isolated cabin. After entering, they are surprised to find human body parts. Horrified, they attempt to escape, but they are forced to hide when they hear the occupants coming back. Three disfigured, cannibalistic mountain men ("Three Finger", "Saw-Tooth", and "One-Eye") enter the cabin, bringing Francine's dead body. The four silently watch as her body is messily eaten.

The four quietly escape after the cannibals fall asleep. However, Saw-Tooth awakens, alerts the other cannibals, and begins to chase them through the forest. The group climbs up to a nearby clearing with many cars of the cannibals' victims. Chris is shot in the leg by Saw-Tooth, and Scott saves him by distracting the cannibals, allowing Jessie and Carly to steal one of the trucks. Chris gets into the truck, and they drive down a nearby path in search of Scott. Scott starts to make his way to the truck, but 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 find a radio in an old watchtower and use it 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. The cannibals set the tower on fire. Chris, Carly, and Jessie escape by jumping out of the window into a nearby tree. As they escape from the tower, 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 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.

At the cabin, Jessie is tied to a bed and gagged. As Jessie is about to be killed, Chris, now driving the police truck, breaks through the cabin and runs into One-Eye. Chris unties Jessie and they fight the cannibals. They escape as Chris manages to kill the cannibals by blowing up their cabin with a shotgun. Chris and Jessie, driving the cannibals' truck, stop back at the gas station. Chris, badly injured, gets out of the truck and takes the map from the gas station while the old man hides in the store.

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 containing the original film score and the other containing popular music.

Track listings[edit]

The Score
  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 Discoveries"
  15. "Are We Safe?"
  16. "They Got Carly"
  17. "Killing Mountain Men"
  18. "We Are Alive"
  19. "Three-Finger Is Back"
Commercial Release Edition
  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]

Sequels and prequels[edit]

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 later films was served as prequels to the first three films.


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