Judging from my other reviews, you would not think that horror films would be my thing, especially very gory ones. Actually aim to have a diverse taste in film, so seeing films from all decades and genres with no bias intended. Plus have seen my fair share of horror franchises where at least one film has been good.
Personally quite enjoyed the first two 'Wrong Turn' films, they weren't perfect or great but had a lot to recommend. Hated 'Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead', with the exceptions of two small things. Hated even more 'Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings', a prequel detailing the hillbillies' origins that just came over as completely pointless with nothing interesting to say and was just badly executed as a film. The same goes for 'Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines'. It's like the fourth film, it makes exactly the same flaws as the third film, amplifies them and makes more on the way while not having either thing that stopped that film from being worse.
Camilla Arfwedson is the sole reason 'Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines' gets any stars at all, she is the only actor who tries to give a halfway OK performance and the only asset where any effort is evident. Everything else however is done so amateurishly that all her valiant efforts seem a waste.
The rest of the acting is a disgrace, there was a sense that nobody was even trying and it was painful to watch. The only things the cast succeed in doing is accentuating that their very sketchily developed characters are either bland, obnoxious or both and impossible to care for. Especially when their behaviour throughout is just so stupid and illogical. The script continues to be cheesy, awkward and cliché-ridden.
Story is both derivative and takes simplicity to extremes, and ruins it further by failing to bring any kind of atmosphere to any of the components, just a lot of cheesy death scenes with lots of gratuitous gore that makes anything meant to resemble tension or terror feel nauseating or unintentionally funny. There is none of what made the first two films work, everything is just too cheap, too safe, too predictable and too clean. It had a decent premise to work from, but starts dull, un-scary and dumb and stays like that all the way instead of doing the thankful 180 that the second film did.
Visually, there is nothing slick, professional, inventive or atmospheric here, slipshod is a better word for it. Particularly bad in this regard is the visual effects, the only thing that is scary about them is how risible and truly cheap they are. The direction has no personality or professionalism of any kind, there isn't a sense of understanding the genre or how to overcome a less than lavish budget.
In conclusion, falls completely flat in nearly every way possible with the sole halfway OK asset outdone by the rest of the film being an intelligence-insulting mess. 1/10 Bethany Cox