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[Kill of the Week] Axed Down the Middle in ‘Wrong Turn 2’

Every week, we spotlight a kill that we just can’t get enough of. This is Kill of the Week.

Here on Bloody Disgusting we’re big fans of Joe Lynch, whose new (and quite possibly best) film Mayhem (read our review) is now playing in limited theaters alongside a VOD release. Samara Weaving and “The Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun go on a bloody rampage through an office building in Lynch’s latest, and oh boy is it a fun one.

But 10 years before Lynch unleashed Mayhem, he took a Wrong Turn.

Lynch, an untested director at the time, was the man tasked with directing Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, released in 2007 as a sequel to the 2003 film. And with his debut feature, Lynch wasted absolutely no time winning over our gore-loving hearts and showing just what kind of filmmaker he was.

Within the first six minutes of Wrong Turn 2, “American Idol” contestant Kimberly Caldwell plays a version of herself in a sequence that instantly made me a fan of both Lynch and the film. Driving through West Virginia, Caldwell’s character hits a man while distracted by her phone, pulling over to the side of the road to check on him. This proves to be a life-ending mistake, as the man is a cannibal… and his family is not far behind.

After the man gruesomely bites her lip off, his three-fingered brother slams an axe directly into the top of Kimberly’s head, splitting her clean down the middle. Her guts spill out on the road, and the brothers each grab a side and drag her carcass away.

Sequels are rarely better than the first film. But Wrong Turn 2 defied those odds.



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