Wrong Turn 2: Dead End

Retired military commander Colonel Dale Murphy hosts the simulated post-apocalyptic reality show where participants are challenged to survive a remote West Virginia wasteland. But the show turns into a nightmarish showdown when each realizes they are being hunted by an inbred family of cannibals determined to make them all dinner!

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Film Cast:

  • Nina Papas: Erica Leerhsen
  • Dale Murphy: Henry Rollins
  • Jake Washington: Texas Battle
  • Elena: Crystal Lowe
  • Amber: Daniella Alonso
  • Kimberly: Kimberly Caldwell
  • Jonesy: Steve Braun
  • Pa: Ken Kirzinger
  • Sister: Rorelee Tio
  • Tommy: Patton Oswalt
  • Mara: Aleksa Palladino
  • Michael: Matthew Currie Holmes
  • Old Man: Wayne Robson
  • Three Finger: Jeff Scrutton
  • Ma: Ashlea Earl
  • Brother: Clint Carleton
  • Neil: Cedric De Souza
  • Wojo: John Stewart
  • Chris: Bro Gilbert
  • Guy on TV Screen (uncredited): Joe Lynch

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Nancy Nayor
  • Casting: Kelly Wagner
  • Stunts: Marny Eng
  • Editor: Ed Marx
  • Characters: Alan B. McElroy
  • Music: Bear McCreary
  • Production Design: Brentan Harron
  • Author: Turi Meyer
  • Author: Alfredo Septién
  • Director: Joe Lynch
  • Producer: Jeff Freilich
  • Stunts: Rikki Gagne
  • Stunt Coordinator: Jacob Rupp
  • Dialogue Editor: Stephen Cheung
  • Stunt Double: Dan Rizzuto
  • Stunts: Larissa Stadnichuk
  • Makeup Designer: Stan Edmonds
  • Casting: Corinne Clark
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Andrew Karr
  • Casting: Jennifer Page
  • Dolly Grip: J. B. Bivens
  • Art Direction: Kirsten Franson
  • Director of Photography: Robin Loewen
  • Set Decoration: George Neuman
  • Costume Design: Hisami Yamamoto
  • Assistant Art Director: Tyler Bishop Harron
  • Construction Coordinator: Dean McQuillen
  • Sound Effects Editor: Clive Turner
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Greg Stewart
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Pauline Burns
  • Gaffer: Darren McLean
  • Key Hair Stylist: Angelina P. Cameron
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Bob Comer
  • Makeup Effects: Vicki Syskakis
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Ian Emberton
  • Steadicam Operator: Junichi Hosoi
  • Animation: Eric Bates
  • Stunts: Angela Uyeda
  • Camera Operator: Bradley S. Creasser
  • Rigging Gaffer: Keith Woods
  • Stunts: Laura Lee Connery
  • Rigging Grip: Herb DeWaal
  • Boom Operator: Charles O’Shea
  • Best Boy Electric: Jesse Deacon
  • Foley: Don Harrison
  • Foley: Ian Mackie
  • Casting Associate: Celeste Leger
  • Script Supervisor: Jen Oberem
  • Still Photographer: Satu Bell
  • Property Master: David Sinclair
  • Visual Effects Coordinator: Kirsten Meekison
  • Rigging Grip: Steve McGuire
  • Dolly Grip: Geoff Brown
  • Key Grip: Brian Smith
  • Stunts: Caroline Field

Movie Reviews:

  • Wuchak: _**One of the goriest films ever made**_

    A Survivor-like reality show meets in the backwoods of West Virginia where the contestants & crew find themselves assaulted by a family of mutant yokels. Henry Rollins plays the Drill Instructor-like host of the show.

    “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End” (2007) is the first of many sequels in the franchise about cannibalistic hillbillies in Appalachia. The reason “Deliverance” (1972) is so iconic and unsettling is because the story actually COULD happen. The first “Wrong Turn” film from 2003 started out this way but became increasingly unbelievable as the story progressed. As such, it was entertaining and compelling but not genuinely scary.

    This one adds some overt camp and goofiness while increasing the gore factor. It may well be the goriest film ever made at the time of its release. And it is entertaining to a point, despite the disgusting elements (not just gore, but sleaze as well), yet it’s not truly chilling because it’s so over-the-top it’s cartoonish.

    Still, Rollins does well as the gung-ho host and a few of the protagonists emerge as likable people worthy of surviving. Unfortunately, the most agreeable character is one of the first to buy the farm. I’m of course not taking about the annoying Kimberly Caldwell in the opening, although what happens to her is amusing in a “shocking” black humor kind of way.

    Petite Aleksa Palladino (Mara) stands out on the feminine front. Crystal Lowe (Elena) is alluring but her character is a loathsome skank. Erica Leerhsen (Nina), who was a highlight as the Wiccan lass in “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” (2000), still looks good, but has unfortunately lost weight and looks stick-like.

    The mutant hicks are well done, but most of them look like Klingons from Star Trek from back in the day, just uglier.

    While “Wrong Turn 2” has some entertainment value, it’s so excessive in its attempt to be revolting & amusing it loses impact. Less is more.

    The film runs 1 hour, 33 minutes, and was shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    GRADE: C

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