After their old man gets arrested, the cannibalistic
brothers decide to lay siege to the town and break him out.
Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012)
Written and Directed by Declan O’Brien
Starring Doug Bradley, Camilla Arfwedson, Simon Ginty,
Roxanne McKee, Paul Luebke, Oliver Hoare, Amy Lennox,
Duncan Wisbey, Borislav Iliev
Sequel to 2011’s Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings
Well, after showing marginal improvement with the last entry, it should be a given the next one will be better. I mean, third time is the charm, right? You got third time in the director’s chair and second time writing, Declan O’Brien, returning for this fifth installment. So, it should be even better. But, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, I get a film which seems to regress, rather than progress, to a point where it may be even worse than the universally hated third film. Seriously, at this point, it boggles my mind this director has stayed on board for so long and hasn’t been replaced. If the studio would care a bit more themselves, maybe bring Joe Lynch back.
Before I point out all the things I hate about this movie, I’ll start with the few good things. Much like the prior film, the acting is serviceable at best. The actors aren’t really given a whole lot to do, but they are trying. The standout, of course, being Doug Bradley. No stranger to the horror genre, he does a great job as the film’s villain, pretty much out-acting everybody. And, as for the franchise cannibal villains, they continue to be a macabre joy to watch as they find new ways to kill and eat people. And, that, my friends, is where the good ends. Starting with the just mentioned kills, they would be better if they either weren't terrible CGI or dummies and I could actually see what was happening. Yeah, good luck seeing anything in this film as it appears no lighting was used anywhere on set. Also, the actors are betrayed by zero character development. Instead, the film pads out it's time with hard to see death scenes and randomly placed gratuitous sex scenes. Finally, remember when I mentioned the fun factor of the second film and how much it helped it? Yeah, that’s completely gone here as this is one mean-spirited film.
Alright, I’ll wrap things up before I ramble for too long. For O’Brien, third time is definitely not the charm. Instead of furthering the little bit of good will gained with his fourth installment, he squanders it with a mean-spirited, hard to see what’s even going on fifth film. I say get a writer and director and see if they can do any better at this point. The series could definitely use it.