Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009) - Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Fox || R - 92 minutes - $29.99 || October 20, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-10-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Declan O'Brien
Writer(s): Alan McElroy (characters); Connor James Delaney (screenplay)
Cast: Tom Frederic, Janet Montgomery, Tamer Hassan


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean

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.::THE FILM::.

Who’d thunk that a horror movie that made $15.4m domestically would spawn two direct-to-video sequels? Well, personally once Eliza Dushku was out of the picture for them, it easily lost a star before the movies began...

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead finds some more victims for our inbred mutant friends in the remote West Virginia woodlands. It opens with four friends doing some fun river rafting and one female giving us the only nudity as she removes her top and bra. However, before she can get really comfortable, the mo-fo Three Finger (at least I think that’s who it was) intervenes and now it is on like Donkey Kong as he picks off the two others with one gal, Alex (JANET MONTGOMERY), surviving. What are the odds of her popping up down the road?

Anyway, we then move to a state prison where a big baddie named Chavez (TAMER HASSAN) is being transferred along with a few other prisoners including a rival skinhead (GIL KOLIRIN), though the two made a deal in which the skinhead would help Chavez to escape. Helping transferring these lowlifes, and an undercover U.S. Marshall, is Nate (TOM FREDERIC) who is on his last day of duty before heading off for greener pa$ture$. Of course, before the murder and mayhem starts for this sorry lot, we get some lame-ass and so-called character development. Nate wants to make more money; his guard buddy, Walter, pontificates about the down economy just when he wanted to buy a house; Nate’s friendship with the area’s sheriff since he grew up around there (how convenient); etc, etc, etc.

When the rusty old tow truck runs and crashes the prison bus off the road, the prisoners and guards begin to run for their lives and let the killings begin. The group sloshes through the dark forest as they are being hunted by the deranged inbred mutants while also fighting amongst each other for control.

Wrong Turn 3 actually wasn’t as bad as I feared, but it sure as hell isn’t very good. As many issues as the original had with its ho-hum horror elements, it at least had an attractive and semi-talented cast whereas this go around you got some no-namers (even WT2 had Henry Rollins) who are laughably bad with their line deliveries and characters that are given background that is so uninteresting.

The back of the case proudly states that Wrong Turn 3 was directed by “Sci-Fi Channel movie veteran Declan O’Brien” whose work includes such TV classics like Cyclops and Rock Monster, the latter of which I actually watched. The movie was written by Connor James Delaney making his debut.

I will admit the female lead played by Janet Montgomery is cute enough for the limited role while carving out a niche in the low-budget horror scene after appearing in Warner Premiere’s The Hills Run Red and has a few others in the pipeline over the next year or so. But other than her, I could barely stand any of them and really could’ve cared less whether they lived or died.

I don’t deplore Fox continuing with these needless horror sequels especially since Lions Gate recently greenlit Saw VIII, though that franchise is quickly looking at direct-to-video land fairly soon if the latest entry’s box office tally is any indication. And then you have the classic endless sequels with the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises.

That being said, the killings, while somewhat cool, aren’t interesting enough to carry the viewer until the end. But since these are cheap to make and the money the studio makes on DVD and Blu-ray sales are icing on the cake, I’m sure they’ll keep churning ‘em out.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Wrong Turn 3 In 3 Fingers... I Mean, Parts (18:08) – As the title suggests, this featurette is split into 3 parts: “Action, Gore and Chaos!”, “Brothers in Blood” and Three Finger’s Fight Night”. This is standard ‘making-of’ featurette with cast/crew interviews intertwined with footage from the movie. For some reason, this is presented in non-anamorphic widescreen...

Deleted Scenes (1:24) – Two very ho-hum scenes



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Wrong Turn 3 is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio and in 1080p high-definition. Honestly, this is kind of an average looking picture, probably thanks to the film’s low budget. It’s not that the picture isn’t clean of artifacts or isn’t clear, but since a good portion takes place at night in the middle of the woods, you’re not going to get much of a pop. There was some noticeable amount of noise throughout but as I said, it’s probably due to the budget.

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is acceptable but a little low key for my taste. You do get a little bang like an exploding bus or spears whipping by or just striking its target with a splash. Dialogue levels sound pretty good and the rear channels get a little use, but it’s not entirely noticeable.



.::OVERALL::.

Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead is just another low-budget horror movie with an unoriginal story, lame characters and killers that quite frankly aren’t that scary anymore. For all the problems the original had, this just compounded things. Skip this release... PLEASE.