Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings

Promotional poster
Directed by Declan O'Brien
Produced by Kim Todd
Written by Declan O'Brien
Based on Characters
by Alan B. McElroy
  • Jennifer Pudavick
  • Tenika Davis
  • Kaitlyn Leeb
  • Terra Vnesa
Music by Claude Foisy
Cinematography Michael Marshall
Edited by Stein Myhrstad
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)[1]
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[2]

Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is a 2011 American horror film written and directed by Declan O'Brien and the fourth installment of the Wrong Turn film series. Unlike the previous films in the series, the film is a prequel to the 2003 film Wrong Turn and begins a story arc that concludes with Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012).


In 1974, at the Glensville Sanatorium in West Virginia, three deformed patients known as the Hillicker Brothers escape from their cells and release the other patients; together they massacre the orderlies and doctors.

Twenty-nine years later, in 2003, nine Weston University students - Kenia (Jennifer Pudavick), Jenna (Terra Vnesa), Vincent (Sean Skene), Sara (Tenika Davis), Bridget (Kaitlyn Leeb), Kyle (Victor Zinck, Jr.), Claire (Samantha Kendrick), Daniel (Dean Armstrong) and Lauren (Ali Tataryn) - are snowmobiling on their way to their friend Porter's cabin in the mountains. However, they get lost in a snowstorm and are forced to take shelter in the Glensville Sanatorium for the night, where the Hillickers are living. Lauren remembers her brother's stories about the sanatorium and the cannibalistic Hillickers, but her friends don't believe her. As the group goes to bed, Vincent continues to explore the asylum, where he finds Porter's corpse before being killed by Saw Tooth.

The next day, with the storm still in full effect, the teens remain trapped and go in search of Vincent. Jenna comes across the Hillickers butchering Porter's body in the kitchen and runs back to warn the others. After Porter's severed head is thrown at the group, Claire is hung from a balcony with barbed wire by the trio and decapitated. The group attempts to flee the building but find their snowmobiles have been sabotaged. Lauren skis down the mountain to seek help while the others barricade themselves in a doctor's office.

Kyle, Daniel, and Sara go into the basement to get weapons, but Daniel gets abducted, tied to a table in the kitchen, and slowly butchered and eaten alive. The rest of the group chases the cannibals and locks them in a cell; Kyle stays behind to watch them while the others search for spark-plugs for the snowmobiles. When Kyle falls asleep, the brothers escape their cell, and the girls accidentally stab Kyle to death after he has his tongue cut out and is dressed up like one of the Hillickers. The cannibals appear and chase the girls through the building, forcing them to climb out of a window; Jenna gets stuck and is impaled with a ground driller by Saw Tooth. The Hillickers chase the girls on the snowmobiles, where Kenia gets injured and Bridget gets crushed under one of the snowmobiles by One Eye.

As the day dawns, Lauren has frozen to death in the storm. Kenia is still being chased by One Eye when Sara reappears and knocks him off the snowmobile, allowing the pair to steal it. As they gleefully drive away, they are simultaneously decapitated by a strip of barbed wire. Three Finger picks up their heads and puts them in the yellow tow truck from the first film, before moving away from the sanatorium with his brothers.



Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings was released to DVD and Blu-ray on October 25, 2011. The film entered the DVD chart at number 13, selling 45,928 copies in its first week. To date the film has sold 143,000 units in America, for a gross of $3.1 million.[3]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 20% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 5.2/10.[4] Steve Barton of Dread Central rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it "the Congo of slasher movies", an objectively bad film that is still enjoyable to watch.[5] Anton Bitel of Little White Lies wrote that although film delivers what fans want, the characters are interchangeable and the plot is derivative.[6] William Bibbiani of CraveOnline rated it 7.5/10 and wrote, "Wrong Turn 4 is the kind of movie that knows exactly what it is and offers nothing less, and occasionally a little more."[7] Charles Webb of Twitch Film wrote, "There's not much to recommend the latest entry in this franchise, which, like all long-running horror series has already reached its point of diminishing returns."[8]


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  2. "What are the chances of Wrong Turn 7 in 2016?" (2015-05-07). HorrorSociety.com. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  3. Video sales, Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (2011). The-Numbers.com. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  4. "Wrong Turn 4 (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  5. Barton, Steve (2011-09-29). "Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (Blu-ray/DVD)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  6. Bitel, Anton (2012-08-25). "Film4 FrightFest 2012 – Day 3". Little White Lies. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  7. Bibbiani, William (2011-10-24). "Blu-Ray Review: Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2015-09-11.
  8. Webb, Charles (2011-10-26). "WRONG TURN 4: BLOODY BEGINNINGS Heads Backwards (DVD Review)". Twitch Film. Retrieved 2015-09-11.

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