Wrong Turn has been an interesting horror series. Not as stunning as The Hills Have Eyes, but more interesting than the dozens of generic slasher flicks made every year. With Wrong Turn 4 the series goes back to its roots with a film subtitled Bloody Beginnings. In a film series that should have never went beyond its first initial release, the fourth installment is actually a bit more thrilling and original that its previous two sequels and worthy of being a sequel to the original.
In 1974, Glenville Sanatorium was the site of a brutal and horrific crime, as three hideously deformed cannibals went on a merciless killing spree. Now, years later, a group of college kids having the time of their life make a fateful wrong turn, giving this family of blood-thirsty cannibals new prey to stalk. The abandoned medical wards within the sanatorium soon become killing fields as the panicked victims come face to face with the cannibals.
You can’t go wrong with the film being set in the abandoned sanatorium – there’s always something creepy about old mental institutions. While the cannibals are a bit smarter than one would expect for a family locked in the institution, they still have a sense of raw violence. In the supper preparation scene with one of the kids, for example, there is an extreme primitive flow between the characters as they slice off pieces of their victim’s flesh and cook it in a pot of oil.
With bonus footage advertised as too graphic for theaters including behind-the-scenes featurettes and commentary from director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 3, Sharktopus), Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is a worthy successor to the original Wrong Turn, leaving the second and third films in the dust.