Wrong Turn 5

Wrong Turn 5

Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines is a 2012 American horror film and the fifth installment in the Wrong Turn film series that began with Wrong Turn and was followed by Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead and Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings.
Release date: October 18, 2012 (initial release)
Director: Declan O’Brien
DVD release date: October 23, 2012rogersblood
Running time: 87 minutes
Screenplay: Declan O’Brien
Cast: Doug Bradley, Roxanne McKee, Camilla Arfwedson, Oliver Hoare, Borislav Iliev, Peter Brooke

Honestly the last few flicks in the Wrong Turn franchise have been going down hill fast; the lesbians in #4 were pretty much the only saving grace in the last flick. Needless to say I wasn’t to enthusiastic about the release of Wrong Turn 5 having given up hope on the series. I rented it anyway not hoping for much. Wrong Turn 5 was a bit of a reversal in the downward trend of the last 3 films; now it isn’t going to be up for an Oscar anytime soon but the flick does have its decent moments. Wrong Turn 5 starts off in West Virginia where a group of hapless teens (of-course) are on their way to a music festival near a small backwoods town. As is the case in almost every slasher/inbred/cannibal/hillbilly flick, the teens stray off the course and stumble across said maniacs and bloody mayhem ensues. Ya! The acting was slasher-film grade (mediocre to uninteresting) with the exception of Doug Bradley aka PINHEAD of Hellraiser fame; one of my favorite all-time bad-ass villains. Bradley actually calls the inbred brothers, Pinheads in one scene, nice nod. The hillbillies themselves were alright but there is something not to menacing about an awkward looking laughing maniac; annoying really. The set was the one thing that bothered the shit outta me; the small rural town setting was so obviously a studio back-lot that you could almost see the paint drying on the overly small, glossy looking buildings; the entire town consisted of about four buildings and if one looked hard enough one could probably see the edges of the studio in the background. That being said, the kills were pretty solid; good standard slasher gore, so I’ll highlight the deaths here in chronological order. If you want to catch the review check it out over here at Head in a Vice.


  • A reporter goes for a jog in the woods (yep) and runs across the inbreds. She gets her finger chopped of f(fairly cheesy), an axe to the stomach and an axe to the hand. She is subsequently strung up and slashed across the neck post mortem; though her body and head were horribly fake looking during this scene, it was a decent kill.
Strung up.

Strung up.

  • A cop gets an arrow to the knee (Skyrim anyone!) by the laughing hillbilly. He has his ears cuts off before being stabbed in the top of the head. Not a bad kill.
Can you hear me now.

Can you hear me now.

  • Power plant security guard is attacked and strung up on rope by the inbreds. He is pulled up into some powerlines and electrocuted. Lame kill.
  • Billy’s girlfriend heads out into the deserted town (cheesy looking backlot) and runs into laughy (the laughing inbred). He sticks a knife into her gut and gashes it open. He pulls out some intestines and chews a bit. Standard gore in this kill nuthin crazy.
  • Gus (a generic teen victim) is strung up between a tow truck and a tree by his arms and legs (I know what your thinking). The hillbilly brothers then take a few sledgehammers to his legs in a rather vicious beating. His legs are graphically broken. He is then run over in a bone crunching manner. Best Kill of the film.
Gus getting the stretch.

Gus getting the stretch.

  • A teen is buried up to his head in a soccer field while his friend was chained to the soccer post. Laughy the annoying inbred proceeds to drive what is supposed to be a lawnmower (actually it’s a snowblower attached to a skidsteer) over the kids head and then over his friends body. A standard decapitation and blood splat concludes a standard slasher kill.
  • An alcoholic gets thrown in a steel drum and is roasted alive over a fire. A propane tank under the fire explodes and kills him. No gore in this one. Pretty lame kill actually.


  • The husband of the sheriff is tied, in a very complicated fashion for a bunch of inbred hillbillies, and gagged in a car. Once the door is opened a knife gashes his stomach wide open. Pretty bad gash some guts.
  • The sheriff is bound in a cell and doused with gasoline another complicated trap has a shotgun pointed at her head and wired to her foot. Her choice, burn alive or suicide. She goes for the shotgun to the head. Nothing is shown. Spray of blood on the wall.

Wrong Turn 5 is better than the previous installment but it is still lacking that backwoods cannibal horror of the original and if you watch the film for any reason other than the creative killing and gore (you shouldn’t be anyway) you’ll be disappointed. The kills are there but the horror isn’t.

  1. Tyson Carter says:

    Excellent write up, and thanks for the link back! 🙂

  2. thecorngoblin says:

    I can’t imagine an “anything” 5 being decent, except for Starwars IV of course.

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