So, I’ve had a rather Stranger Things centric few day, with quite a few movies that I’ve watched recently having at least one actor that had been in the series. It only dawned on me while I was watching Wrong Turn 2021 which stars Matthew Modine. I didn’t hate the movie, but it really wasn’t what I expected with what the Wrong Turn series had turned into or hell what the first movie was. This series reboot is honestly kind of boring to me, not a bad movie just kind of boring.
I was really surprised that Wrong Turn 2021 was written by Alan McElroy, who wrote the original movie. It had a different feel from the original movie. That could be also because of Mike Nelson, the director. I’ve never seen any of his other movies but I might try at least one of them out to see if he has a style. It was released in January of 2021, with a very limited theatrical release then digitally.
The plot is about a group of six, three couple, while they hike the Appalachian Trail. They stop in a small town in Virginia. After being warned to stay on only marked trails, which they don’t listen to, they found by mountain people from The Foundation. The father of one of the six people comes to the town to find his daughter. He runs into some trouble with the townsfolk, who are kind of shady in how they respond to his search. I’m leaving things incomplete and vague just in case you want to see the movie as I don’t want to put a spoiler warning that can be ignored.
It stars Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Bill Sage, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Daisy Head, Matthew Modine, Vardaan Arora, Adrian Favela, and Tim DeZarn. I want to point out Tim DeZarn first, who will always be Mordecai The Harbinger from Cabin in the Woods. The only other person in the cast that I recognized aside from Matthew Modine was Bill Sage. I recognized him from The Pale Door but he also starred in We Are What We Are, that was a remake of a movie of the same name.
The production design is really good. I want to point out what is in The Foundation, that has a very distinct look. The costumes are great, especially when in The Foundation. The masks that The Foundation have are haunting and incredibly creepy. The special effects are really good. The practical gore effects look fantastic and rough, which I mean in the most positive manner possible. The CG effects look pretty good too.
The stunt team knock it out of the park with what they did in this movie. The hits and rolls that they did in the first two quarters of the movie look pretty rough. I also could be dividing the time up incorrectly, but the stunts are great. The huge roll down the mountain side is amazing and should be praised since it looks great.
Even with me saying that it’s boring I would say you should give it a shot. If you can push through the slow start, kinda shitty characters, and awkward interactions you’ll probably enjoy it. If you go in expecting something like the other Wrong Turn movies you’ll be disappointed. I watched it on Showtime Anytime but you can also watch it through your digital storefront of choice.