WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS (2011) Reviews and overview

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‘Screaming only makes them hungrier’
Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is a 2011 American horror film about a group of college students who get lost during their snowmobiling trip. They take shelter from a storm in an abandoned sanatorium which, unbeknown to them, is home to three deformed inbred cannibals…

Written and directed by Declan O’Brien (Joy Ride 3: Roadkill; Sharktopus; Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead; Rock Monster), based on characters created by Alan B. McElroy, the movie stars Jennifer Pudavick (The Plague; Wishmaster 4; Wishmaster 3), Tenika Davis (Saw VI), Kaitlyn Leeb (Slasher TV series; Grave Halloween), Terra Vnesa (Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV series; Goosebumps TV series), Ali Tataryn (Cult of Chucky; Curse of Chucky; Silent Night) and Samantha Kendrick (The Exorcism of Molly Hartley; Todd and the Book of Pure Evil TV series).

“This is truly a film for gorehounds because of all the bloody business. There is also a great deal of T and A, which is a staple for horror films of late. However, horror fans looking for something original will need to look elsewhere for their fix, or perhaps alcohol will make the film more appealing.” 28 Days Later Analysis

“Sadly, Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings feels like a rushed, neglected piece with the sole intent of bringing in a few bucks from suckers like me who believed there may be some depth to tap into by traveling the prequel route. Boy were we wrong about that […] Avoid it. It’s just frustration in waiting.” Addicted to Horror Movies

“There’s some superb work in the first section that lifts expectations a little too high. Some stunts are beautifully worked out, only to be followed up by stupid ones. Playfully cheesy lines and an affectionate regard to the monstrous killers do much to redeem the film’s weaknesses, but there’s still too much time spent on running about and going through the motions, the slasher A to Z.” Eye for Film

“Of course, all of the humor is far removed from the original film (which was legitimately intense and suspenseful), but, if memory serves, this is the mode the last two have taken anyway, so it’s really more of the same. At least it unfolds in the backdrop of a wintry Manitoba landscape (once again, the Great White North somehow doubles as the wilds of West Virginia) to somewhat distinguish itself.” Oh, the Horror!

“It’s clichéd as hell and features stuff that only the hardened horror fanatics will really lap up with enthusiasm. However what is not to love about a group of inbred cannibals chasing a bunch of horny and hot teenagers around in an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere? It’snot fine art, but it’s fine junk food horror for a rainy night.” Popcorn Pictures

” …with the “unrated” cut of the movie on the disc, we get lovingly lingering shots of them peeling strips of flesh off of their victims for a makeshift fry-up, and there’s plenty of beheadings, quarterings, stabbings, and so on, but none of it really registers since it’s not actually happening to characters that feel even remotely like people. There’s not much to recommend the latest entry in this franchise…” Screen Anarchy

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is all sorts of lame. Bad CGI, atrocious acting, and thoroughly unlikable characters are just the start of this film’s problems. When will filmmakers realize that when we don’t like their characters, we don’t care who lives and who dies. When we don’t care, the movie is robbed of any and all suspense.” Slasher Studios

“Thankfully, there’s less CG in this one and the amplified gore and nudity of the first sequel returns. Unfortunately, this skips on the black humor and inspired mayhem of that movie and ends up being yet another entry in a franchise that should probably end already. The acting is mostly bad (same with the prior entry), and much of it feels as if it’s going through the motions.” Talk of Horrors

” …Bloody Beginnings is better than Wrong Turn 3, following a more common body count opus and the kills are grisly and inventive and don’t rely too much on CGI. The teens’ numbers dwindle until there are just four girls left, who attempt to fight back with mixed results but there are too many characters in the first place, many of whom are indistinguishable from one another.” Vegan Voorhees

“It’s got everything you could possibly want in a Direct to DVD horror sequel. It’s got tons of gore (biting, eye-gouging, eye eating, shock treatment, total limb removal, skewer through the nose and out the top of the head, head ripping, head popping, death by giant drill, and death by snowmobile), not one, but two pretty good lesbian scenes, and… err… tons of gore.” The Video Vacuum

Wrong Turn 4 is totally worthy of taking a pass on. I found virtually no redeeming qualities in the film. The script is bad, the acting is really bad, the direction is misguided, and the ideas are not original. If you haven’t yet seen Cold Prey (one of the films that Wrong Turn 4 rips off) watch that instead, you’ll find that it’s a much better way to spend 90 minutes.” Wicked Horror

” …this time around, the cannon fodder are none other than…yup, oversexed teenagers! Really guys? This is what you fall back on? Besides the stupid writing, stupid hillbilly cannibals and stupid victims, it’s now just about coming up with a new tool for the next splattery death scene.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

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Cast and characters:
Jenny Pudavick … Kenia
Tenika Davis … Sara
Kaitlyn Wong … Bridget
Terra Vnesa … Jenna
Ali Tataryn … Lauren
Samantha Kendrick … Claire
Victor Zinck Jr. … Kyle
Dean Armstrong … Daniel
Sean Skene … Three Finger / Vincent
Blane Cypurda … Three Finger (8)
Dan Skene … One Eye (as Daniel Skene)
Tristan Carlucci … One Eye (9)
Scott Johnson … Saw Tooth / Orderly
Bryan Verot … Saw Tooth (10)
Arne MacPherson … Doctor Ryan
Kristen Harris … Doctor Ann Marie McQuaid
Dave Harms … Dead Porter
Shaun Blayer … Insane Victim
Mark Kiazyk … Box Head
Michael Larocque … Mental Patient
Declan O’Brien … Doctor in Black and White Film
Glen Thompson … Bobby

Filming locations:
Lori Road, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (abandoned Mental Health Centre) in March 2011

Technical details:
93 minutes
Aspect ratio: 1.78: 1
Audio: Dolby Digital


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