A group of college students hole up in an abandoned insane asylum to escape a blizzard, only to end up in the lair of three murderous cannibal hillbillies.
Wrong Turn 4:
The fourth installment of this franchise sees the return of prior director Declan O’ Brien. The twist this time, though, is he also serves as the film’s writer. This actually appears to be a marginally better thing for the series as he improves on some of the bad elements found in the prior film. Granted, as you’ll find out in this review, it’s not by a whole lot. But it shows progression from someone who seems to want this franchise to continue to be good. Especially considering the studio seems to want to just churn these out for a quick buck.
As for the complaints of the prior film, the acting and CGI. Thankfully, both seem mostly fixed here. The acting still isn’t great, but it’s a far cry from the slipping accents of the third installment. The characters are pretty forgettable, but the actors are trying. The CGI is also mostly absent, with bigger emphasis on practical effects this time around. Which, by the way, look really good and help with many of the more memorable kills. But, unfortunately, there is the occasional use of CGI and it is noticeable when used. There are also some laughable moments with the kills, whether that be the odd camera angle used to film it or the very clear use of a dummy. Neither of which do a great job at hiding the film’s low budget.
I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this installment. Mainly because while it does improve on certain things, it’s not by a whole lot. The winter setting in an abandoned asylum works well for this series. The acting is improved a bit. And there is a heavier emphasis on practical effects. But, it’s still held down by some moments of shoddy effects and acting which really show the low budget quality.