The new Wrong turn reboot takes a lot of wrong turns and uses the prolific title as a signpost for what’s ahead. This is not the Wrong turn you know. And some will say it resembles the iconic horror franchise in name only. Be warned, director Mike P. Nelson is not interested in feeding bloodthirsty backwoods mutants with a taste for human flesh. His new revisionist take on the material is rooted in a pain-soaked reality and creates something unique within the slasher genre. We recently caught up with the filmmaker and members of his cast to review this completely stripped-down reimagining of a classic, built almost from scratch.
Backwood’s terror and never-ending suspense meet when Jen (Charlotte Vega) and a group of friends set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to keep to the trail, the hikers stray from their course and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life. Suddenly, Jen and her friends are under siege and appear to be on the verge of no return unless Jen’s father (Matthew Modine nominee for Golden Globe) can reach them in time.
We spoke with director Mike P. Nelson for the first of three interviews that will be the release of Wrong turn, coming to On Demand, Digital, Blu-ray and DVD this week and launching February 23. Though he goes deep into hilly cannibal land, Paulington James Christensen III does not wade too far into the spoiler area. Though they discuss the ending, with Nelson making some pretty daring choices during the credits.
Director Mike P. Nelson made his feature film debut with Summer school after making several well-received shorts. He would then go on to direct the 2018 action horror thriller The Domestics, before faced with the reboot of the Wrong turn franchise, which launched in 2003 and launched a prolific horror series with 5 more sequels. The last episode came in in 2014 with Wrong exit 6: last resort, seemingly bringing the end of three cannibal brothers who have been at the front of this series since the beginning.
You won’t find hillbilly killers in Mike P. Nelson’s Wrong turnBut actor Bill Sage makes up for that. He plays John Venable, leader of the Foundation, a group of mountain people who lead an isolated life deep in the Appalachian forest. Sage turns into a menacing performance as the main villain, creating a new kind of horror monster that will send you shivers. We spoke to Bill Sage to talk about his imposing role in the film and what it’s like to build an iconic franchise from scratch.
Rounding out our interviews for Wrong turn, we also spoke with actress Charlotte Vega, who plays Jen in the movie. She is the defacto leader of six friends who, despite several warnings, decide to hike outside of the Appalachian Trail. And what they find is nothing short of devastating and completely life-changing. But we’re not really aiming for Jen or her friends to survive the gruesome outcome that befalls their otherwise innocent journey. We discuss that fact and look deep into the psyche of a haunted soul, wondering what happened to Jen after the credits roll.
Wrong turn also plays the cast of Adain Bradley (Riverdale), Emma Dumont (The gifted), Dylan McTee (Rosewell, New Mexico) and Matthew Modine (Weird stuffThe movie is directed by Mike P. Nelson (The Domestics) from a script written by Alan B. McElroy (Wrong turnMike P. Nelson gives this warning to those who dare to accept it Wrong turn
“We wanted to make a film that reflects the state of mind of the world today. I think as humans we are all capable of being the most extreme versions of ourselves, so when those extremes collide, a person’s dream can become the nightmare tell the story of Jen and her group of friends who are all at critical crossroads in their young lives – relationships, careers, impending adulthood are all things at stake for them. give them this clarity for what to do with their lives … or at least they thought. “
“When we meet Venable and members of The Foundation, it is important to me that they are not your typical bad guys. They are not the rearguard. They are not white supremacists. This is a community of people who are very intelligent and very proud. on their way of life. They’ll do whatever it takes to defend it. Jen in particular is a character that I think will resonate long after the end credits – a wonderfully flawed, determined character who will do whatever it takes is to survive. “
Most importantly, we wanted to make a film that surprised the audience. They think the film is going one way and we are taking them in a completely different direction. This is a movie where the audience will think they know who these characters are and we will turn that prejudice completely upside down. These characters never cease to amaze us, which makes the film so special. “
Saban Films will release the new horror movie Wrong turn On Demand, digital, Blu-ray and DVD on February 23, 2021.
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