It’s a ‘Wrong Turn’ movie so you know what’s up. Inbred, cannibalistic hillbilly’s making a bloody mess of things. But where ‘Wrong Turn 2’ had a ‘Survivor’ theme going on and ‘Wrong Turn 3’ lost its way a bit in the sense it was a bastardized version of ‘The Defiant Ones’ with a cannibalistic hillbilly thrown in as an accessory… ‘Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings’ dials it all the way back to horror movie 101. Sexually charged young adults on holiday with bad cell phone service getting messed up real bad. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.
In case you were curious about were the erstwhile cannibalistic hillbilly Three Finger came from, this film starts out with a little vignette in an 1980 West Virginia sanitorium… not a sanitarium, learned something from this movie… and this is where Three Finger and his two brothers resided, until they broke out and did what they do, that being unnecessary torture, violence, mayhem and eating people.
Fast forward a couple of decades to this nearby University in West Virginia, a university where nobody actually goes to class, but instead the student body engages in all sorts of sexual activity. What these kids should be doing is getting ready for their little snow trip, but first things first. Particularly Sara (Tenika Davis) and Bridget (Kaitlyn Wong) who can’t seem to get enough of each other. I hope Tenika and Kaitlyn got along on set, considering what they had to do to each other for the majority of this movie. Anyway, after everybody finally gets their clothes on, our team of interchangeable attractive young adults jump on some snowmobiles and head for the cabin. But wait, do we turn right at hill or left at the mountain? I don’t want to spoil it for you, but these kids are about to make a wrong turn.
Since they made a wrong turn and since there’s a blizzard going on all around them, they need a place to hide out for the evening before heading to the cabin to meet up with Porter (Dave Harms), the boyfriend of final girl material Kenia (Jennifer Pudavick) who headed out earlier. Oh would you look there, an abandoned sanitorium. Let’s hole up for the evening.
So the usual stuff happens featuring the usual suspects. Our kids want to ‘explore’ this joint for some reason, Kyle (Victor Zinck Jr.) is the practical joker doing stupid stuff, Daniel (Dean Armstrong) is the smarter than average guy hanging around to fill us in on critical info, his girl Lauren (Ali Tataryn) is the WVA native with the Inbred Hillbilly Knowledge gene, Kenia the final girl does final girl type stuff… like survive… and Sara and Bridgette just stick their tongues down each other’s throats while buck-ass naked. Again.
Eventually three finger and his brothers make their presence known, I mean this sanitorium is their home and the cannibal gods were kind of enough to give them fresh meat door service, which was very nice of the cannibal gods, and it’s not pleasant. Dismemberment, bloody goo, and lots of barbed wire will ensue.
Director Declan O’Brien’s movie ‘Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings’… in the grand scheme of things… is not a very good movie. The scheme of things that we are talking about concern movie basics such as character development, since these horny young adults are all interchangeable and we will know next to nothing about them in the course of this movie other than their sexual preference and that they bleed out real good. And while our cast is super attractive, especially Tenika and Kaitlyn further perpetuating the male fantasy myth of lesbianism… and doing a great job of it… but with sketchy characters to work with, the acting ability of our cast was almost completely suppressed, even those who actually have acting ability. Also Mr. O’Brien didn’t generate a lot of horror out of his horror movie, but he did generate a lot of gore. Not the same thing.
So in the grand scheme of things ‘Wrong Turn 4’ isn’t a good movie. That being said, once you come to terms with the fact that this movie is a creatively bankrupt collection of suspect acting by great looking people, and you will come to this realization almost from the first scene, I think you might like this movie a little bit. I know I did.
Why was I entertained by this movie? Heck, I don’t know. Inbred Cannibalistic Hillbilly’s are endlessly entertaining? Nudity? Tenika and Katilyn? The simple fact that when characters are underdeveloped, you don’t have to actively root for them and you can actually pull for the cannibalistic hillbilly? The axiom that Creative Bankruptcy doesn’t always equal boredom? A scene where our defacto final girl, after seeing the villains eat her friends alive, chose not to kill the cannibals when she had the chance? Liberals… I tell you. Who knows why I watch and tend to enjoy these ‘Wrong Turn’ movies? Oh, it might have a little something to do with the fact that I’m also part hillbilly, but I don’t think that’s it.