Director: Mike P Nelson
Writer: Alan B McElroy (Screenplay)
Starring: Matthew Modine, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Bill Sage, Valerie Jane Parker, Adrian Favela, Dylan McTee, Adain Bradley, Vardaan Arora
Plot: Friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by ‘The Foundation’, a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.
Tagline – This land is their land
Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes
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Story: Wrong Turn starts as a group of friends Jen (Vega), Milla (Dumont), Gary (Arora), Darius (Bradley), Adam (McTee), Luis (Favela) who are looking to hike the Appalachian Trail, with Jen keeping her father Scott (Modine) updated on her journey.
The friends decide to leave the trail in search of their own adventure, which will lead to disaster, leading to one in the group dying, but this is just the beginning of their nightmare, when they learn who is really living off the trail in the woodland area.
Thoughts on Wrong Turn
Characters & Performances – Scott is the father of Jen’s he hasn’t heard from her, which will see him heading into the woods in search of her. He knows his relationship with her has been strained, but like any father he will drop everything to search for when she goes missing. Matthew Modine does a give us a great look at a concerned father that might well be getting in over his head. Jen is one of the six friends, she is somebody who can think quick on her feet and uses this to help keep herself alive once she is captured. Jen is a very strong character, a fighter and one that will always be thinking fast. Charlotte Vega does a wonderful putting her name up there as a potential new horror lead for years to come. Jon Venable is the leader of the people living in the woods, he is judge, jury and executions if people break the laws, having everyone in his group doing whatever he says. Bill Sage brings this dominating, calm, controlling leader to life in what is a truly engaging and frightening villain. We do have a strong supporting set of characters even if most are here for disposable reason, which cover up the weaknesses in Jen’s friends, as well as the pure scale of the community.
Story – The story here follows a group of six friends that are taking a hike along the Appalachian Trail when they leave the trail and find themselves facing a group of people living in the woods, a group that won’t let people just walk away. When we go into this film we are going to be waiting for a certain storyline, one we have seen before. Wrong Turn takes a different direction, bringing us an original twist to going off the trail, it does bring a new level of horror to the story, one that will offer bigger questions, despite falling into the ‘they are evil’ group. We really had a chance to play along the fence here, where they could just be nice people living in the woods, but no, it is instantly evil. This is the longest movie in the Wrong Turn world, it uses the time well, giving us a more flushed out story, even get to poke a bit of fun of the original franchise.
Themes – Wrong Turn is a horror thriller that follows everything we would expect from a film titled Wrong Turn, taking us in the deep woods where the group meets a community that has strict rules. This will give us plenty of bloody, gory kills, they don’t hold back, they introduce a place known as ‘The Dark’ which is horrific and when we see what is in it, it is even worse. One big thing to watch out for is the end credits, which might well be the most engaging credits sequences you will have seen.
Signature Entertainment presents Wrong Turn (2021) UK Home Premiere on Digital Platforms 26th February and Blu-Ray & DVD 3rd May
Writer: Ian McLellan Hunter, John Dighton, Dalton Trumbo (Screenplay)
Starring: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert, Hartley Power, Harcourt Williams, Margaret Rawlings
Plot: A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
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Story: Roman Holiday starts as Princess Ann (Hepburn) is on her European tour to improve relationships between the countries, her schedule is hectic, finally getting to her, forcing her into needing a break from the visits, meetings and speeches, before she decides to escape the guardians.
Getting drunk, American newsman Joe Bradley (Peck) finds her needing someone to rest, unaware of her true identity, he offers her a new view on the city, while the royal officials go in search for Ann, while she finally gets to enjoy her life for the first time.
Thoughts on Roman Holiday
Characters – Joe Bradley is the newsman always looking for the next big story, he was meant to be involved in an interview with Princess Ann, before the events of her night out came to light, only he knows who she really is and spends time befriending her and showing her Rome, in hope of getting his own story. Princess Ann is getting tired of her press tour of Europe, she wants to escape the routine, which she believes she has, when it comes to meeting Joe, she enjoys the freedom and getting to know somebody who isn’t going to be doing everything for her.
Performances – We have two of the greatest actors in the history of film here Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, both get to show why they are considered two of the greatest, showing excellent screen presence through the film.
Story – The story here follows a Princess on a European tour, who wants to escape the busy schedule and finds an American, who just so happens to be looking to interview her and the two spend 24 hours exploring Rome. This is a story that does show how the pressure a royal member has when it comes to being in the spotlight, which Princess Ann wants to escape from. The story is clever enough to have everybody know the truth, without giving the truth to each other, while managing to show that spending time together, means they will be doing the right thing once they get to know each other.
Comedy/Romance – The comedy in the film comes from how the two as they get into different situations through the day together, with the romance being more of a what if, between people from very different worlds.
Settings – The film is set in Rome, which is a wonderful backdrop for the film, one that works and does look beautiful.
Scene of the Movie – The dance together.
Final Thoughts – This is a classic that should be essential watching for any film fan in the world, it shows two of the greatest, with one of the simplest and most enjoyable styles of film.
Overall: Truly Enjoyable.