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Wrong Turn | 2003 | R | - 3.10.5

Horror flick about a group of young people who take a wrong turn and find themselves trapped and hunted in the West Virginia wilderness. That's when they start disappearing and dying in extremely gruesome ways. With Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Desmond Harrington and Lindy Booth. Directed by Rob Schmidt. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman tells a man to drop his pants and we see his boxers as she kneels down in front of him. A man and a woman kiss a few times and a man and a woman hug. Women wear outfits that reveal bare shoulders, cleavage, bare abdomens and bare thighs.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 10 - Many people are murdered in various gruesome ways by three men who are apparently genetic mutations with both physical deformities and various psychoses (they have deformed faces and bodies and we see them in detail in several scenes). There are some very tense moments when the killers come back to a cabin and four potential victims are unable to escape: they watch as a dead victim is slammed onto a table, and she's hacked and cut up (we hear the hacking, sawing, crunching and tearing); blood pours from her hand and off the table and we see the mutilated and bloody body with missing limbs several times. A woman is hit in the mouth with an axe; it severs her head leaving the lower part of her body to fall away and we hear a squish as the axe is removed from the remaining part of her head. A woman is grabbed around the mouth with barbed wire that tears into her flesh; she writhes and screams, we see her later still with barbed wire around her mouth and blood pours from her wounds. A man is shot through the eye with an arrow and falls to the ground dead (we see blood on his eye and the back of his head where the arrow exited), he's dragged and put on a table and we see his killer hacking at his neck with a hatchet. A cabin doorway bursts into flames, a car drives through the door, a man inside the cabin catches fire, another man hits him and stabs him in the chest (we hear a crunch). A man is hit with a hatchet in the chest while being held with a wire around his neck, and another is shot with an arrow in the back after he throws another man and holds him by the throat against a wall. A man shoots the gas tank of a car and it explodes along with a cabin (we see the charred and bloody remains of a body later). A man and a woman climb a rock wall, the man reaches the top, we hear slashing noises, he slumps against the edge of the wall, blood pours from his hand and he is thrown over the side; the woman dangling from a rope struggles to cut it, she is pulled up, cuts the rope and falls landing next to the dead man (we see blood on his head and face). A woman trips over a wire, is pulled back off screen and we hear her scream. We see a pile of blood-covered knives, then a woman lying dead on a table and a disfigured and discolored hand opens her mouth. A man threatens a woman on a tree limb with knives, and he is hit hard in the chest with a tree limb, falls and hits the ground hard. A woman goes into woods to look for her companion: she finds his sneaker and one of his ears. A man is shot in the back three times with arrows (the last one pokes through to the front and blood soaks his shirt), and a man is shot in the leg (we see bloody wound). A charred man raises a hatchet over a man and yells. A hatchet nearly hits a man in the head, he is punched and thrown over a ridge. More people are shot at with arrows. Four people go into a cabin and poke around: They find refrigerators with jars containing body parts and organs, a dismembered hand floats in a tub filled with liquid and jars in a bathroom are filled with teeth. Furthermore, a toilet is stained and filthy, tools and weapons lie around, and flies buzz around old food on a table. A watchtower is set on fire and it fills with smoke and flames; the three people inside jump into a tree slamming into it and nearly falling. A truck door is opened and a dead body falls out with blood on his head and shirt. We see some dead animals along a road, some of which are very bloody. A car crashes into a parked car (no one is injured). A woman is tied to a bed with a rope over her mouth, she screams as a man approaches her, touches her face and drags a knife across her throat. A man's hand is squished in a hatch door. A man with many missing teeth and covered with grime is seen a couple of times. Four people try to sneak out of a cabin while three killers are sleeping, they trip over things, knock into things making noise and one grabs the spring on a door as it is opens to keep it from squeaking (his hand bleeds). We see a clearing filled with cars and belongings stained and smeared with blood. Three people climb a very tall watchtower ladder. A trap clamps shut and flies into the air when a man's walking stick touches it. A woman screams uncontrollably as she watches her fiancé being murdered. A man hangs from the undercarriage of a car as it drives away. A man trips and falls against a guardrail over a high, sheer drop off (he pretends to nearly fall over). We hear about a jack-knifed tractor-trailer and that it is spilling chemicals on a roadway.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 9 F-words and its derivatives, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 9 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking marijuana and tobacco.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Genetic mutations, deformities, psychosis, murder, friendship, love, grief.

MESSAGE - Don't ever take a road that is merely dotted on the map.

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