The fifth film in the Wrong Turn series changes setting again, moving from a mental hospital in the Bloody Beginnings to a small town in the middle of a music festival. Bloodlines introduces a genuine antagonist –named Maynard – with substantially more intelligence than the gibbering inbred psychopaths rampaging through the earlier films (though they’re here too). Maynard’s trapped behind bars for the majority of the film, but carries a quiet sense of menace much scarier than the cackling hillbillies – no surprise, given he’s played by Doug Bradley, best known for playing Pinhead in Hellraiser.
It also feels more like an exploitation film – earlier sequels had some token nudity to satisfy teenage boys, whereas this film has difficulty going twenty minutes before busting out some (totally gratuitous) boobs. There’s a continued drive to find new ways to portray violence, torture and mutilation – I guess everyone needs a creative outlet! All that aside, there’s a return to the intelligent protagonists of Wrong Turn, with characters acting logically in trying circumstances …at least for a while.
Bloodlines turns out to be the strongest film in the franchise since Dead End, purely thanks to Bradley’s commanding, creepily charismatic performance and a remarkably grim ending.
4 thoughts on “Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012)”
See we just about agree!! 🙂
Yeah, I looked at your review and we do seem to! It’s hardly a great film, but it’s better than number 5 in a horror series needs to be. I still wish that the later sequels had been on par with the irreverent/fun take of Dead End; numbers 3-5 feel mean-spirited in parts, like the makers of the film have spent a littttle too much time thinking up clever ways to mutilate people. But it works at times; I was surprised at how chilling the end of this film was!
Oh yeah, I mean the main differences are tricky to say as I don’t want to spoil anything fro your readers, but definitely mean spirited sums it up well! Very dark ending to 5, think thats why I liked it and it surprised me so much!
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