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Monday, 14 September 2015

Horror DVD Of The Week: Wrong Turn 6 - Last Resort (2014)


Troubled twenty-something Danny (Anthony Ilott), a former city trader from New York who suffered a mental breakdown from the stresses of his job, finds out he has inherited a hotel and spa in the Appalachian Mountains from previously unknown family.

Rolling up with his girlfriend, Toni (Aqueela Zoll), and a group of friends whose names you don't need to bother getting to know, Danny discovers his new property, Hobbs Springs, is a massive estate - part Overlook Hotel, part Bates Motel, part Hostel - being run by the wonderfully freaky, incestuous brother/sister combo of Jackson (Chris Jarvis) and Sally (Sadie Katz).

As the caretakers take Danny under their wing, he slowly learns more about his extended family... which includes the three, inbred, mutants from those other Wrong Turn movies.

He also discovers exactly why he was brought to Hobbs Springs.

Straight off the bat, I have to applaud writer Frank Woodward and director Valeri Milev for trying to do something a bit different with this franchise.

Sadie Katz
I'm not entirely sure where Last Resort is supposed to fit in the Wrong Turn chronology, but, to be honest, except for the presence of recurring cannibal hillbillies Three Finger (Radoslav Parvanov), Saw Tooth (Danko Jordanov) and One Eye (Asen Asenov), this pretty much works as a standalone horror movie.

Which isn't to say it doesn't go old school in a lot of areas. For instance, there isn't a young member of the main female cast who doesn't go topless at least once. The film even opens with a totally gratuitous scene of a hot cyclist getting naked in a hot spring. Spoilers: she and her boyfriend have nothing to do with the story and don't make it past the titles.

And, of course, there's a great deal of gore, but also there's a smidgen of an interesting plot in there, with hints of a strange cult and xenophobic hillfolk who could have stepped off the pages of a number of HP Lovecraft tales.

Again, how this cult - which isn't really explained (if it is a cult at all) - fits in the rest of the Wrong Turn Universe is never tackled.

Danny's character journey - descent - is particularly fascinating as this too is quite Lovecraftian and not a twist usually associated with by-the-numbers franchise splatter pics.

Chris Jarvis
It's a year since I promised myself that Wrong Turn 6 would be mine, as I'm a total sucker for these protracted horror franchises, but this one was a bit harder to track down than usual.

So happens the filmmakers used pictures of a real missing person on a prop missing persons' board seen at one point, which ended up with the DVDs and Blu-Rays being withdrawn, with no plans for a re-issue (according to Wikipedia).

If you get to see Wrong Turn 6 - and it really isn't that bad - this explains the blurred images on the missing person posters, but I think they got a bit carried away by also blurring out all the antique photographs of "Danny's family" in the hotel!

The titillation in the film may be a bit over the top for some, but then at other times it's possibly a bit dialogue heavy for those who're only watching it for the titillation and gore.

However, there are several really good sequences (such as Jackson taking Danny hunting, and then when Jackson and Sally introduce Danny to his family) that show an intelligence I'm not accustomed to finding this far into long-running franchises.

The stand-out performances come from Chris Jarvis and, particularly, Sadie Katz who does 'disturbed' like nobody's business. It's almost worth watching Wrong Turn 6: The Last Resort for these two alone.

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