11 Brutal Horror Movies Like Wrong Turn
Best Movies like Wrong Turn
Horror movies have always been my guiltiest of pleasures. I love 'em all. It doesn't matter if they are Indian or foreign: if they are good, I will watch them. I absolutely love horror movies like Wrong Turn, Se7en, Paranormal Activity – movies that really mess you up by the time credits roll.
Since horror movies are better the less you know about them, I'll keep this article spoiler-free. So, without any further ado, let's explore some excellent horror movies that are similar to Wrong Turn that may have flown under your radar.
1. Wolf Creek (2005)
Box Office: $27,762,648
Metacritic Score: 54/100
This film revolves around three backpackers on a road trip who find themselves in trouble after they stop at remote Wolf Creek. With a dead car engine, a friendly stranger appears out of nowhere to help them out. Of course, they have no other option but to accept his help. And then the nightmare begins.
It’s not a fun movie. The ending will leave you wanting to hate it, but you have to admire the movie for what it managed to do. Although they tell you in the beginning that it’s based on true events, I thought they didn’t need to. It already feels a bit too real. It feels as if someone is peeking around with a camera for real. Well worth a watch if you love movies like Wrong Turn.
The film was nominated for seven Australian Film Institute awards, including Best Director, and was listed by New York magazine as one of the 25 Best Films since The Shining.
2. Eden Lake (2008)
One of the Scariest Movies like Wrong Turn
Box Office: $3,983,997
Metacritic Score: 83/100
This movie is about an unlucky young couple who find themselves confronting a violent youth gang. Refusing to give up and let them spoil their romantic moment, they decide to fight back with brutal consequences.
This movie is going to shock you beyond your belief. I have seen bullying movies before, but nothing affected me as much as this movie did. The change in pace is so unexpected. At the beginning it feels like a romantic movie but all of a sudden turns into a horror/thriller before turning once again into a revenge film.
3. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Box Office: $66.5 Million
Metacritic Score: 72/100
Without giving too much away, I will simply say that it involves five friends going for a weekend away at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. They must stay together and fight for survival as they try to find out the truth behind the strange cabin.
This movie will keep you on the edge of seat, one twist after another is revealed. Just when you feel as if you have a good grasp on the story, something is revealed, raising a new set of perplexing questions. In reality, you will never have a good grip on the story until the credits roll. I loved the way they continued building up the tension while revealing everything bit by bit.
It’s one of the most bizarre horror/comedy movies I have ever watched in my life. If you love movies like Wrong Turn, but don’t mind a bit of comedy mixed up with some truly shuddering horror elements, you should definitely give The Cabin in the Woods a shot.
4. The Strangers (2008)
Box Office: $82.4 Million
Metacritic Score: 47/100
The plot revolves around a couple who are terrorized by three strangers who break into the couple's isolated vacation home one night. Things get ugly pretty quickly as the strangers become increasingly aggressive. With all the crazy headlines in newspapers these days, you can imagine this happening somewhere in the world.
The movies does an incredible job building up tension, slowly start taking a turn for the worse. You can almost feel that things are not going to end well for the unlucky couple. This movie does an amazing job of making you feel their fright.
Props to director Bryan Bertino for avoiding cheap scares. Instead, he patiently builds tension to near-breaking point where you know that something has gotta give. Trust me: at the end of the movie, you will be double checking your doors and windows.
5. Evil Dead (2013)
One of the Scariest and Brutal Movies like Wrong Turn
Box Office: $97.5 Million
Metacritic Score: 57/100
I haven’t included the original Evil Dead on this list as everyone has already seen it. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go watch it.
The story takes place 30 years after the events of the original movie. This time around, a group of five friends go into the same remote cabin so Mia can recover from her opiate addiction. Her friends are there to help her out with it.
Things quickly turn drastic when they unknowingly summon up demons living in nearby woods. Mia is possessed, but everyone thinks that she is going through withdrawal symptoms. Is it too late for them?
6. Cabin Fever (2002)
Cabin Fever's plot is pretty similar to Evil Dead. The director, Eli Roth, has frequently said that the similarities were intentional, as he wanted to pay homage to his favorites.
It’s about a group of kids who rent a cabin in the woods after finishing their final exams. Their fun is cut short when they start falling victim to a flesh eating bacteria disease.
This movie is scary. Is it the best? Hell no. There are better movies to watch. If you are in love with movies like Wrong Turn, though, you will find Cabin Fever pretty intriguing.
7. Dead End (2003)
One of the Best Character-Driven Movies like Wrong Turn
Box Office: $77 Million (DVD Sales)
Metacritic Score: N/A
Who says that a good movie needs a truckload of money to make? Directed by Jean Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa, Dead End proves that a lot can be done in a tight budget, a small cast and only a few locations. The movie was made for under a million dollars.
The plot revolves around a group of family on their way to their in-laws. They decide to take a short-cut to get there quickly, which turns out to be one of the biggest mistakes of their lives.
It doesn’t take long for this move to get to the point. Little time is wasted on the setup. The family is already on their way when the movie starts and it never looks back. I won’t go too much into the plot since it would spoil the whole movie. Suffice it to say, the story will blow your mind by the time credits roll.
8. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
One of the Best Movies Like Wrong Turn
Box Office: $69.6 Million
Metacritic Score: 52/100
Another remake instead of the original. Again, if you haven’t watched the original movie already, watch it first.
The plot revolves around a family who, on a road trip, stumble on a barren atomic zone. It isn’t long before they find out that this wasteland is far from uninhabited. It’s home to a band of bloodthirsty creatures, and there is nothing they like more than some fresh human meat.
The movie starts pretty slowly, building up characters, and then switches gears and turns brutal like Wrong Turn and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
9. The Descent (2005)
Box Office: $57 Million
Metacritic Score: 71/100
The Descent will haunt your dreams for days. And yeah, you will never think about going spelunking in a cave.
The plot revolves around a group of friends who go on a cave expedition. A fun afternoon turns tragic when they are trapped inside the cave for good. As they try to look for another way out of it, they find out that they are being pursued by a group of bloodthirsty creatures residing in those caves. Can they survive the nightmare?
I am not giving away anything else about the plot. The less you know about it, the more you’ll love it.
10. The Ward (2010)
My Favorite Scary Movie like Wrong Turn
Box Office: $1.2 Million
Metacritic Score: 38/100
The plot revolves around a young woman who is brought to a local asylum after she was found setting fire to a house. She meets five other young women there, all suffering from some sort of mental disorder.
All of them soon become traumatized by paranormal entities. Of course, no one believes them. Instead, a lot of red herrings and therapy sessions follow, which makes things even worse.
Overall, The Ward is one of the best movies like Wong Turn, as it will keep you hooked until the end. Well worth a watch.
11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Box Office: $107 Million
Metacritic Score: 38/100
Not including this movie would be a sin. It’s a remake of the original movie released back in 1970. If you have watched the original, watch this remake as well. The story is different enough to keep you guessing throughout.
It’s a story about five unlucky college students who stumble upon a family of inbred psychopaths when they knock on the door of a remote homestead. It doesn’t take long before they realize that their lives are at stake as a chainsaw-wielding cannibal wants to peel their skin off their bodies and use it to make a face mask for himself.
Overall, it’s well-filmed movie with a very good buildup and some convincing acting. While the original movie felt like a dull documentary at time, this one is a straight up horror movie. A must watch movie like Wrong Turn.
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