Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (2007)
I really enjoyed the first Wrong Turn and had always heard that the second film is better, but never got my hands on a copy. Cannibal movies aren't exactly my cup o tea and I remember some stuff from the first one making my stomach churn. Well, I finally took the step and I'm glad I did.
One of the few things I knew about this film beforehand (other than the obvious since I had seen the first) was that Henry Rollins was in it and that is an absolute badass in it. God damn were they ever right. He just won't fucking die! I would have been so happy if the film had ended with him opening his eyes. Instead, he just takes more than anyone should be able to and still Rambo's it up. So awesome. And the rest of the cast is full of familiar horror actors that immediately made me like the film more.
Texas Battle and Crystal Lowe! For those unaware, I have a bit of an obsession with Final Destination 3. Battle and Lowe happen to have roles in that film. It's weird though, because they certainly look younger here, but looking at the dates, Wrong Turn 2 was made after FD3, so that must be due to the lower quality cameras. Still, it was fun seeing those two pop up. And Battle actually does a damn good job, acting-wise which is a big improvement from his FD days. And I will never tire of looking at Crystal naked (see: FD3, Black X-mas) so that was yet another positive.
Ultimately the film doesn't really deliver enough for me to latch onto. I can see myself really getting into it the second time around if I pair it with the first, but as is, it's just a serviceable slasher film. It's cannibal hillbilly theme will probably keep me from putting it in my usual rotation, but there's still a lot of fun to be had. Well, mostly.
The cannibals here have absolutely zero redeemable quality, so it's easy to root for the contestants and not the killers. I'm sure that changes in later films (there's six of them now!) but as of now, the characters are pretty despicable.