I was completely ready for Wrong Turn to be done as a franchise. It had made it nine whole years after the fifth film, which was also the worst one, and that’s admirable. But, people keep wanting to see more of then, for reasons that I will never understand, and as a result we have now been treated with Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, which at least kind of does some things different — by which I mean, it includes more nudity than earlier films. Oh, and it shows us a whole tribe of inbred cannibals, so that’s something.
The tribe doesn’t really matter, though, nor does it really play into things. It’s only shown for one scene, probably because getting that many extras into costume takes time, effort, and money, which are things that direct-to-video sequels don’t often have. Most of the time, we follow a bunch of human characters who are sometimes stalked by the three main cannibals from the last two Wrong Turn films. This time, we’re at a hotel/spa thing, which our protagonist, Danny (Anthony Ilott), has inherited. From whom? He doesn’t really know, since he was adopted, and this is the first he’s really heard from his “true” family.
Danny brings along a whole bunch of friends, none of whom have a distinct personality and therefore they’re all lambs for slaughter. I know he has a girlfriend, but if you asked me to look at a list of names, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what hers is. That’s the type of film we’re dealing with here. I know, too, that two housekeepers exist at this hotel, and that they’re lovers and also brother and sister. You can probably figure out what the secret is to Danny’s past just from that.
If you can’t, well, you get to enjoy a half-baked mystery in addition to the random murders. So … yeah, look forward to that, I guess. You probably won’t, though, because the mystery isn’t all that tough to figure out, and the murders aren’t that gruesome or inventive. And the people being killed just don’t matter a whole lot. What does nameless victim #20 matter in this series, really? Wait. We’re probably higher than #20. How about 30? I haven’t been keeping track, but I’m sure somebody has.
I mentioned more nudity off the top. Yes, Wrong Turn 6 has more nudity than the previous films. There are a couple of extended sex scenes. I know some people watch horror movies for the nudity and the gore. Well, there isn’t too much of the latter, but the former reaches its greatest heights in this film, so at least some people have that to look forward to. Good for them.
One thing that I am not happy about is the potential that this installment brings for the franchise. As I mentioned earlier, I was ready to consider Wrong Turn wrapped up before this chapter. But some of the story events, in addition to the aforementioned tribe, means that we very well might be seeing even more Wrong Turn films. I’m cautious to say that’s a good thing, although if it means moving on from our primary antagonists, perhaps we might be in for something good. I posited after the fifth film that new antagonists might allow the franchise to finally become scary.
See, the three main cannibals have been seen so much that they can’t strike fear into our hearts anymore — assuming they ever did, which at least for me never happened. We know their origin, we’ve seen them interact with people, and we know that they’re not really that vicious, even if they do kill a whole bunch of people. They’re dangerous, but not scary. We need new villains, ones who can genuinely scare us. That’s how this franchise can get good.
Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort contains an uninteresting mystery and a great deal of kills that aren’t particularly creative, scary, or gruesome. If you’re coming into this movie for that, you’ll be disappointed. In comparison to earlier Wrong Turn films, it has more nudity, but that’s the only real difference. We’re focusing on the same antagonists, still killing off nameless, personality-less young adults, and it’s just as boring as I’m making it sound right now. Wrong turn 6 is unnecessary and not worth seeing.