After a bus crashes transporting prisoners in the West Virginian woods,
Three Finger begins to hunt down the prisoners and corrections officers.
Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead (2009)
Directed by Declan O’Brien
Written by Connor James Delaney
Starring Tom Frederic, Janet Montgomery, Gil Kolirin,
Christian Contreras, Jake Curran, Tom McKay,
Chucky Venn, Tamer Hassan, Borislav Iliev
Sequel to 2007’s Wrong Turn 2: Dead End
After a super successful second film which went straight to home video, it wasn’t long before a third film would come out. Problem is, talk about a quick decline in quality. One which seems to be noticeable due to what appears to be a reduced budget and a director who overreaches what he can do with said reduced budget. Specifically, actors who are okay at best and terrible CGI kills instead of the great practical effects of the first two. Gone is the creative wit and genuine want to make a good film which was apparent in Lynch’s second film. Instead, we get what appears to be a quick excuse for a cash grab sequel. Interesting part of all of this, the studio actually kept this director for a while after this film.
Before I go on my rant about the two biggest offenders of this film, I’ll start with the few things I did like. First, for a horror series, there is a surprising amount of good continuity I noticed in this third installment. The climax of the prior film is mentioned numerous times, Three Finger and the kid from the second installment are the only two villains, and the burnt watchtower from the original pops up. Horror series aren’t exactly known for their great continuity, so I’ll give credit here. Second, and final, is the return of Three Finger. He may not be a horror great, but he makes for a fun villain and a solid face for this franchise. Now, for the two main things which offset the few good things this sequel does, the acting and CGI. Across the board, the acting is subpar at best, with one character appearing to constantly slip in and out of an accent. As for the CGI, I’ve seen some pretty bad work done before in horror, but this is truly terrible. It takes away from some really creative, gory kills when you can tell a computer was used to get it done.
I’m surprised this is what they came out with a very successful second installment. It would seem that after the very positive reception, that the producers would want to continue down that route. Instead, they decided to get something out quick, resulting in a film where two of the key ingredients are bad enough to distract from the few good things that are done.