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Booth's Blog: Wrong Turn is the Right Way on Horror!
By Emily Booth, Wednesday 22nd March 2017

One of the most talked about films to enter the 2017 horror radar is and will be Raw; the French/Belgian cannibal film directed by first timer Julia Ducournau, scooping out more awards than her leading lady scoops out eyeballs.

Raw is currently getting the critics' tongues wagging and the audiences' stomachs reeling. Reports are coming in that people have been vomiting during screenings; not something you hear much in this disaffected age. I feel there's an emerging wave of arthouse horror taking its cue from current society's ills, splashing it across the celluloid dripping with not just blood, but oodles of style. 2012's Antiviral (the disease of celebrity culture), It Follows (sexual disease) and The Babadook (motherhood) in 2014, and The Neon Demon (obsession with beauty) in 2016, are some of the most talked about horrors of recent years. Now Raw looks set to revive the cannibal film, bringing a whole new interpretation; feminism, youth culture and pleasures of the flesh, peppered with a bit of pro-vegetarianism. But the cannibal film was not always so highbrow. Mono-brow perhaps, but never highbrow! Until films such as We Are What We Are (2013), the cannibal has always been either a dreaded Amazonian in films such as Cannibal Holocaust by Italian Ruggero Deodato in 1980, or humpbacked, toothless, deformed, hillbillies of the American deep south AKA The Hills Have Eyes.

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With that in mind, I turn your attention to our network premiere on Saturday that fits more into the traditional formula, where a group of sexy teenagers gets lost in the wilderness where they are tracked, tormented, and finally eaten of course by a group of disgusting inbreds! Yeah - let the good times roll in the premiere of the original Wrong Turn. This fun teen scream cannibal flick from 2003 was incredibly popular and spawned 5 more sequels, due to its heady mix of memorable horror villains (get ready to meet the wonderfully named brothers 'Saw Tooth', 'Three Finger' and 'One Eye'), creepy backwoods setting, gross-out gore, and the sequel gimmick that each group of people make that titular Wrong Turn and end up on the dinner plate of a deformed cannibal. This first one enjoys all the clichés and stupid antics of the soon to be human steak, including sexual intercourse and exploring a creepy looking cabin. Duh. Starring Eliza Dushku who now has the enviable title of horror hottie, friends on a road trip are purposefully run off by barbed wire placed on the road - clearly someone wants to hurt them, but they still go looking for trouble. And boy, do they find it! Three of the most disturbing looking inbred men in horror, grunt, shuffle and sniff their way around their prey in some truly terrifying scenes with genuine jump moments.

After all, not everyone wants their horror filled with metaphor and arthouse ramblings, but rather prefer it balls-out genuinely scary. And Wrong Turn is it!

Wrong Turn makes its network premiere on Saturday 25th March at 11pm.


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