With Wrong Turn 5, director and writer Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead, Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Sharktopus) returns to the helm of his third film in the franchise, with Doug Bradley (best known for his role of “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser films) in a pivotal role. Camilla Arfwedson, Roxanne McKee, Simon Ginty, Oliver Hoare, Amy Lennox, Duncan Wisbey, Kyle Redmond-Jones, Peter Brooke, Emilia Klayn, Rosie Holden and Andrew Bone round out the cast.
Back in May, I gave you Part 1 of my two-part set visit. And now contest winner Renee Johnson writes in with her experience. She won the Bloody-Disgusting contest to fly over to Bulgaria and have a small speaking part in the film, and it’s probably something she won’t soon forget!
“In the next chilling chapter of ‘Wrong Turn,’ a small West Virginia town is hosting the legendary Mountain Man Festival on Halloween, where throngs of costumed partygoers gather for a wild night of music and mischief. But an inbred family of hillbilly cannibals kill all the fun when they trick and treat themselves to a group of visiting college students who are dying for a good time.”
To be on the set of Wrong Turn 5 in Sofia, Bulgaria was the adventure of a lifetime. The flights took over 18 hours of traveling each way, but the trip was so worth it. The city is so beautiful, nestled in the middle of the mountains. Everywhere you look, there is an amazing view. Sofia is a mix of modern (with a large shopping mall and movie theater), and historic, with huge government buildings, hotels and even Roman Ruins. Prominent leaders from the past are featured as huge statues throughout the city. The streets are busy with cars and even bus cable cars like they have in San Fransisco. There were reminders of home like McDonald’s and a Subway sandwich shop. I also saw Mob Wives, Dr. Oz and an American soap opera on television all dubbed over in Bulgarian. I’ll never forget the Bulgarian music videos playing all day on many of the channels.
Staying in the hotel Arena di Serdica, built over an ancient Roman theatre was very memorable. The roof top restaurant with its panoramic view of the city, served the best in Bulgarian cuisine. I had the tastiest lamb, grilled chicken, potatoes, vegetables, and freshest salads. I absolutely loved all of the food. The tour of the city was fantastic, as the guide presented the history of the country throughout many stops at important historical buildings. The most beautiful building was the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. A folklore evening was the end of the tour, where I got to enjoy more of the fantastic traditional Bulgarian food and heard lovely Bulgarian songs and saw traditional dance performances during dinner.
On the way to the set, I was apprehensive but soon felt right at home. The director, producer and all the actors and staff were very welcoming. Getting to meet and spend time with the actors, who were from England, was a lot of fun. It was especially interesting to see them deliver their lines with American accents. Being behind the scenes, from the costuming, props, make-up, and being on a live set was such a fantastic experience. Seeing handsome men transformed by make-up and costumes into crazy killers was too hilarious. Going from the Bulgarian countryside to the set of a small town in West Virginia was amazing and fun. All of the extras were locals, but in the movie they will look just like locals from West Virginia. After filming, there was a huge catered dinner in the production studio for everyone with the most fantastic Bulgarian food.
I remember renting the movie Wrong Turn 4 and enjoying it, not knowing that I would one day be in the next installment. Life is so full of surprises! I look forward to seeing Wrong Turn 5 and especially can’t wait to see myself in it. I hope to one day visit Bulgaria again and it would be fantastic if I were lucky enough to hopefully win a part in the next Wrong Turn movie!