This movie is such an over the top, heavy handed attempt at PC box ticking it's almost insulting.The group of (cough cough) teens in this movie are so PC it's hard not to be distracted by it. Heroic black guy with dreams of making a small utopia where racism and classism is not a thing, oh and he has a strong, intelligent, white girlfriend, an Asian guy (Indian I think) with a gay mixed race boyfriend because, you've gotta tick that box, a cocky, arrogant, downright rude and cowardly white guy, because white men are nasty, horrible and cowardly these days, most of Twitter says so and that makes it true.Then they bump into a bunch of racist, homophobic hillbillies, because, all hillbillies are racist white homophobic people right.It's insulting to just about every demographic out there.
The film itself, if you can get past what I've just mentioned, isn't actually that bad, it's well made, quite un-nerving at times, well acted and has some decent horror tropes in there. But calling this Wrong turn and saying it's a "Remake" or "Reimagining" is absolutely ridiculous. to remake/reimagine a movie, you have to have some form of semblance to the movie you're remaking. There has to be the skeleton of the original to build something on. There just isn't that here, it's a COMPLETELY different movie. The only connection it has to any of the Wrong turn movies is that it's set in a forest, that's it.There's even a scene where it pokes fun at the original movies, where some guy asks his daughter if they're having a family movie night and she replies with, "Yes my brothers have chosen a film about murderous inbred deformed hillbillies" and the dad replies "What, again?" So I'm guessing the original movies only exist in this universe as "Movies" now.
I was also disappointed with the kill scenes and the gore, it's no where near as bloodthirsty as the wrong turn movies, most of the kills take place off screen and then cut to a mangled corpse, you rarely see any of the kills happen even though some of the after effect make up is well done. I don't know why they chose this angle because they clearly had the budget to show them but simply chose not to.
This film could so easily have been called anything else an no one would have had any idea it was supposed to be connected to the Wrong turn series.
If you can get past the blatant box ticking that literally hammers you over the head with forced inclusion/diversity and you enjoy movies set in the woods and movies with dangerous cults, then you might like this but don't go into this expecting anything like the wrong turn movies because you will be disappointed.
I sorely hope this isn't where all modern movies are going right now, there's being inclusive and diversive and then there's just pandering for the sake of pandering which is insulting to everyone with half a brain.