25 Jul 2013

'Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines' Review

Director: Declan O'Brien
Writers: Declan O'Brien, Alan B. McElroy
Stars: Doug Bradley, Roxanne McKee, Camilla Arfwedson,

A group of college kids head to the mountains for a Festival on Halloween in West Virginia, and there they encounter a nasty group of cannibals who's intent is to pick anyone off who gets in their way of saving their cousin in jail.

Having endured all 5 entries of this horrible franchise, I can now say that I am most definitely not a fan. Aside from the first entry, Wrong Turn has taken far too many wrong turn's for its own good, and the fact that it has lasted this long without having that inner voice of the makers telling them to stop for peoples health is startling. Cutting the first and possibly the second out of the picture, the Wrong Turn franchise has become a joke within the horror genre, loosing all of it's redeeming features with franchise progression and simply becoming one of those franchises were the only difference between each sequel is the body count and the fashion in which they die in; It's all the same recycled trash over and over.

Although Wrong Turn 4 was an improvement over the near unbearable third entry, it was still a mindlessly numbing flick, and without it's playful manner it would have easily bombed harder than the third entry; Bloodlines however, lacks nearly everything that made Bloody Beginnings an improvement, knocking 5 down beside 3 easily; though it's slightly better.

Bloodlines is only good for one thing, the grisly deaths, and other than that, it's as one dimensional as one could imagine. It's a horrible watch that doesn't deserve anyone's time, and aside from the amusing deaths that will surely make you squirm (sledge-hammers to both shins multiple times...ouch) you will realize that part 5 is about as effective as a wet sock. Completely scarce of scares or surprise, Bloodlines is quick to splatter the blood yet completely forgets about plot, characters and the soul horror purpose which is scares. A film filled with nothing but dumb characters can become annoying after a while, and despite caring for one character Lita (who if I stand corrected, was the name of a WWE Wrestler?) she even comes to blame for some of the most idiotic moments of Part 5. Having nothing but the worst of expectations may be the only way you could possibly get a kick out of watching this incredibly stale entry, and if you're planning to give this one a watch then I wish you the best of luck, as you will most likely come out of this wondering why you went into it in the first place. Garbage to say the least.

VERDICT: Bloodlines is adds to the endless pointlessness of the Wrong Turn Franchise, and continuing the stale, ineffective theme only makes you wish they had left the first one alone. Good on gore and not on anything else, Wrong Turn 5 is another mindlessly numbing entry into the drab and surprisingly durable franchise that should definitely come to a dead end after this entry.

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