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Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
Decent Friday night entertainment
First off we're talking about a slasher film here, so any discussion of originality is irrelevant. For its genre, this is a decent enough film.
The cast of characters ticks all the requisite boxes. We've got the lovable wise-cracking joker, we've got the slut who provides the nubile young flesh on tap, we've got the cold and beautiful blonde with the troubled past, we've got the jock (who's also the token black guy, thus ticking 2 boxes in the demographic charts), and finally we've got the impossibly gorgeous lesbian (who's also the token Hispanic, thus again killing 2 birds with one stone). This kind of stuff must take all of 15 seconds to pitch to a studio before they start writing the blank cheques. All the same, it's a formula that works, so why mess with it? There's plenty of blood and gore for those keen on it (myself being one), and there are breasts, bikinis, deformed babies, some racy mutant sex, you name it. Some questionable effects, it has to be said (the intestines - of which there are many - look like bright red balloon animals) but those are minor quibbles. This is a film which, despite being so gruesome in places, is supposed to be good late-night fun, to be enjoyed with a pizza, a few beers, and your mates. It probably drives aspiring film-makers - sweating their souls out onto the page to try to get their intensely personal visions made - insane that stuff like this gets made, but hey, it's popular, and has no pretensions to be a work of art.
To sum up, it's good fun. You'll find more original things between the pages of a Mills and Boon romance novel, for sure, but not so much bare flesh and splattering blood. Needless to say the ending is nicely set up for the inevitable 3rd part (these mutants seem pretty much indestructible), and I for one will rent it when it comes out, crack open a beer, invite a few friends round, and enjoy the sillier side of life :)