(R) 2 stars Right now you’re probably thinking, “On Friday, one of the big summer movies, 2 Fast 2 Furious, is opening. So why is Movie Boy ignoring it and reviewing a throwaway horror flick that tanked when it opened last week?” The answer is that Universal Pictures, the studio behind 2 Fast 2 Furious, insists on screening the film several hours after we go to press. Thanks, Universal Pictures. Wrong Turn is one of those movies where deformed maniacs chase and kill a small group of attractive young white people. The differences between this title and others of its genre are that the presentation is more straightforward, the cinematography makes it easy to keep oriented with the locations, the attractive young white people are not quite as stupid as those in other films (they come close, though) and some of the women fight back instead of just running, stumbling and sobbing. The story, such as it is, goes like this: Chris Finn (Desmond Harrington), an attractive, white, 20something doctor-to-be, ends up at a filling station somewhere in Greenbrier Backcountry, W.Va., looking for the shortest route back to a big road. The grizzled old coot on duty is of no help whatsoever, of course. Noting a back road on the map that has yet to be paved, Chris decides that this is the way to go. Amazingly, his decision proves to be a mistake. In short order, he nearly rams an SUV sitting in the middle of the road, its tires flattened by a stretch of barbed wire. Oh look, the other vehicle is also filled with attractive white 20somethings out on a camping trip. They quickly get acquainted and come up with a plan: Carly (Emmanuelle Chriqui), her fiancée, Scott (Jeremy Sisto, Rachel Griffin’s annoying mentally ill brother in Six Feet Under), somber Jessie (Eliza Dushku, Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Chris will hike down the road to find help. Meanwhile, Francine (Lindy Booth) and Evan (Kevin Zegers) will stay behind to smoke pot, fuck and get killed. Get killed? Oh yes, for you see, these old woods are inhabited by cannibalistic inbred mutant mountain men! From that point forward, everything happens exactly the way it does in any other film in the genre. After breaking into a cabin that belongs to three cannibalistic inbred mutant mountain men (Julian Richings, Garry Robbins, Ted Clark) and watching from their hidey spots as Francine and Evan are turned into bologna, the kids make a break for freedom. Later, under hot pursuit from the cannibalistic inbred mutant mountain men, the attractive white 20somethings come upon a vacant lookout tower and, of course, decide to climb up. Within moments, one of them screams, “Oh my God, they set the tower on fire!” No kidding. Hell, I half expected the kids to save time by setting it on fire themselves. Remember, I only said the 20somethings weren’t quite as stupid as typical characters in films like these. Despite being trite and dopey, Wrong Turn manages to generate an ongoing sense of tension and a few solid scares. And the cast is all right, particularly the actors that become the last pair standing. But think of how interesting it would have been if the filmmakers had dared to put a twist in the format. Perhaps they could have told the story from the cannibalistic inbred mutant mountain men’s point of few, showing the addled creatures hunting meat, wondering why their prey periodically attacks them, plotting counterattacks, etc. Oh, wait. That was an original thought. Sorry.

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