It was way back in 2003 when Wrong Turn was first released. Can’t believe that it’s been 13 years! Nonetheless, this remarkable horror-slasher has still retained its position as a popular cult film amongst its followers. (No wonder it feels like I’ve watched it just the last week) Despite tons of mixed reviews, Wrong turn has spun off several sequels- Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Wrong Turn 3 -Left for Dead, Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines and Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort with the last four films going straight to video, also a new film titled Wrong Turn: The Foundation (2020) was announced in 2018.
In a new movie, hikers meet a very strange group of people known as The Foundation near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. It is thought that this group has been living there for hundreds of years… Since this film will be a reboot, The Foundation is not following the main theme.
However, the original plot follows a bunch of college students lead by Chris Flynn (Desmond Harrington) and Jessie Burlingame (Eliza Dushku) trying to escape the family.
There is archaeological and genetic evidence of the main topic of this franchise since the Paleolithic age. That did not stop there, and it continued till World War II. In some cultures, it is part and parcel of their lives, and it is STILL practised in many nooks and corners of the world. It’s their norm after all.
Hmm there is a smell of curiosity is already brewing in your minds: Did Wrong Turn take place or not?
Having flirted with your curiosity, let’s go back to the beginning of the film. The location was a remote forest in West Virginia Hills where college-goers Halley Smith and Rich Stoker were captured and killed by unknown assailants shortly revealed to be Three Finger, Saw Tooth, and Eye. Speaking of the Hills, West Virginia has traditionally been seen as a lesser developed area. Although cases of missing people have been reported, it is very less likely that the region is inhabited by the main theme of these movies. There has been no sufficient evidence to back the urban legend that has been created for a long time now.
It was also rumoured that serial killer of The Rainbow Murders provided the story for the Fifth Wrong Turn instalment. The story goes that Joseph Franklin murdered two women when he was in West Virginia. Similarly in the movie, Maynard a serial killer is introduced in Bloodlines who teams up with a similar to Wrong Turn family…
The question soliciting opinions if the Wrong Turn was inspired by the real-life story, unfortunately, has no straight answers.
As director Rob Schmidt Barraccano, himself puts it, that the conflicting cultures of left-wing urban Bohemia and unschooled rural poverty were the inspiration for Wrong Turn. …I grew up surrounded by strange people and things: hobos that would leave apples on the corral fence in exchange for meals, a best friend, a tenant farmer’s son who had no tongue and only babbled gibberish. There’s a lot of death in the country, cows and pigs slaughtered for food, dogs and cats hit by speeding cars and deer and rabbits brought down by hunters, their corpses hung from trees to drain. There were switchblades and old shotguns among all the tools in the barns and city folks, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn and political radicals from Chicago would come out to a place populated by the impoverished Appalachians driving ancient pickups and Amish riding in their horse-drawn buggies through miles of empty forest. It was a great place to grow up in…
The end result: Wrong Turn is pure creativity. Fact mixed with Fiction. Nothing less. Nothing more.