Monday, February 9, 2015

Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort - Review

Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) **
D: Valeri Milev
C: Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Aqueela Zoll, Sadie Katz, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Harry Belcher, Joe Gaminara, Roxanne Pallett

Plot Synopsis: A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. However, the trip transforms into a blood-soaked killing spree when Three Finger and his clan of hillbilly cannibals begin brutally murdering the young friends one by one.

Review: Wrong Turn 6 opens up with a trashy opening sequence in which some campers engage in T&A before becoming lunch meat for the cannibalistic tribe we were introduced to, in prior entries, in the Wrong Turn franchise. Not a particularly creative way to open the film, but an OK start. 

From there, we meet Danny, a young man who's at a crossroad in his life. He's broke and not exactly sure where life is going to take him. Luckily for him, he's just inherited a grand old hotel. Unfortunately, this hotel comes complete with the aforementioned cannibalistic tribe. Scenes involving this cannibalistic tribe are treated comedically just with lots of blood & gore thrown in. To help pad out the body count, Danny has brought along some friends. They roam around the hotel. They drink, do drugs, have sex and then are dispatched of one by one. Is this sixth entry in the Wrong Turn franchise trying to ape the teen slasher formula or is it a backwoods thriller more in the vein of The Hills Have Eyes and previous entries in this series? 

While at the hotel, while his friends are being dispatched of, Danny begins to learn about his identity and his own personal connection to this cannibalistic tribe. In one scene, Danny hunts for a deer. This scene is supposed to help the film transition, story wise, as it shows Danny going from being a potential victim to the hunter. This scene is played straight forward and generates some palpable suspense. However, the majority of the scenes that deal with Danny's changing demeanor and his own personal interactions with the cannibals that roam around the hotel are treated as broadly as possible. 

Also figuring into the story is an incest themed sub-plot involving Danny getting it on with the sister he never knew he had. Scenes between Danny and this sister are treated carnally (at first), but as the film progresses, the film gives into the ridiculousness of this sub-plot and plays it for laughs. This all leads me to my overall dilemma with Wrong Turn 6. What exactly is it that the film is trying to accomplish? The film shifts gears, not only in terms of tone, but in story as well, that nothing really gels. Since the film lacks a guiding principal, the film feels scatter shot. What's left is a mess, a watchable mess of gore, sex & comedy, but a mess none the less. [R] 91 minutes. 

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