Here is my ranking (from least favourite to most favourite) of the films within the Wrong Turn franchise (excluding 6 because I didn’t know it existed), with a short explanation accompanying each:
#5 – Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
Though it’s commendable for not being a rehash of the first film, it lacks atmosphere and tension.
#4 – Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead
Though it recaptures some of the tension and atmosphere of the first film and has an interesting premise, the overall quality and ending detract from it’s effectiveness.
#3 – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
Continuing to focus on the original antagonists works in it’s favour and I particularly like the harrowing ending. However it left me wondering how it fits into the timeline of the franchise.
#2 – Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
Another prequel (though once again I’m not sure on the timeline) which works by focusing on the original protagonists. As an origin story it works and it perfectly recaptures the despair and isolation of the original, whilst too having a grim ending like 5.
#1 – Wrong Turn
It’s a film that didn’t need sequels. It stands best as a stand alone horror film. It is tense, original and thrilling. The protagonists were more than just fodder for the hillbillies/inbreds – you rooted for them and each kill hit you, unlike in the sequels. The mid-credit scene is also a brilliant jump scare!
Agree or disagree? Let me know.
(I cant’t believe they’re still milking this franchise)
Please note that these posts are likely to evolve over time as I get a feel for them, so any feedback about style would be greatly appreciated!