‘Wrong Turn 6’ Recalled Indefinitely

Irish Family Sues for Invasion of Privacy

Imagine this just happened to you:

You’re relaxing on your sofa, taking in some hillbilly-horror-bubblegum, when all of a sudden you see your Grandma’s face on a missing person’s flyer in the movie. You feel like you’ve been socked in the stomach. Not only is your Grandma dead, but she really had gone missing. In fact, what you’re looking at is your Grandma’s actual missing person poster—in a horror movie! Adding further insult to injury, you’re 66-year-old, dead Grandma is described as an 81-year-old man. What the fuck?

This isn’t an episode of The Twilight Zone—this is real-life. The film is Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, and the Grandmother in the poster is Stacia Purcell of Wexford County, Ireland. Purcell’s family has filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit and 20th Century Fox has responded by taking Wrong Turn 6 off of streaming platforms and recalling all Blu-Rays and DVDs—indefinitely.

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Image of Stacia Purcell’s missing person poster in Wrong Turn 6, her face is covered out of respect for her family.

 

What’s the big deal?

wrong-turn-6-last-resort-trailer-01You might not personally think it’s a big deal, but, frankly, your opinion doesn’t matter. The only views that need to be considered are those of Stacia’s family; if they feel victimized and exploited, or that the memory of their matriarch has been maligned, then they deserve restitution.

The fact that Stacia’s image was used in a horror movie is especially heartbreaking for the family. This is not an episode of The Hunt with John Walsh or a film about missing persons; this is graphic, highly sexualized, hillbilly torture-porn. Stacia suffered from a massive heart-attack while out on her own; a few days later, her body was pulled from a local river. It’s a tragic accident, and foul-play was never suspected. Using Stacia’s image in Wrong Turn, however, implies that she is a murder victim and/or that her body has never been found. What a lousy way to honor a deceased woman’s memory.

I’d like to know how this even happened in the first place. Is the use of real crime scene paraphernalia in horror movies common? Was it someone in the art/production department who decided to Google some images of missing persons posters instead of creating them from scratch? I hope someone at least got fired!

Mixed Bag for 20th Century Fox

Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort had only been on the market for a month before it was pulled. And while reviews have been mixed, sales were actually pretty decent. So having the film recalled definitely puts a damper on its momentum, and going into the Holiday shopping season, this couldn’t come at a worse time for Fox.

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Infamous banned Body Count album Cop Killer.

There are, of course, certain instances where bad press can actually gleam positive results, which is quite often the case with gangsta rap and horror movies. When Body Count’s album Cop Killer was banned in the early 90’s, its popularity soared. Nothing makes an item more desirable than being told: “You can’t have it!” No doubt, the controversial reception A Serbian Film received overseas had a lot to do with creating strong interest for the film in America.

The difference, of course, is that Wrong Turn 6 wasn’t recalled because it was too intense or graphic. It was recalled for causing real emotional pain. Still, being recalled dons the film in a mystique that will actually give it more staying power than it deserves. And I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if Fox makes the edits, settles the suit, and rushes Wrong Turn 6 right back out—and probably with some misleading tag-line: “Banned and Recalled Worldwide”. Gee, doesn’t that sound exciting?

Many who already bought Wrong Turn 6 have started hocking their copies on eBay for many times their original worth.

To be fair, this isn’t a review of Wrong Turn 6; it may be fantastic, or it may be completely dismissible. But either way, the callous use of Stacia’s image leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

What’s your opinion? Sound off in the comments.

 

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  • Evan A. Baker
    2 December 2014 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    I think you summed it up pretty well when you said, “You might not personally think it’s a big deal, but, frankly, your opinion doesn’t matter.”

  • Josh Millican
    2 December 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks Evan. People often react without really putting themselves in the other person’s shoes.

  • matt
    2 December 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Sorry about the the lady but, this is no reason to pull a movie don’t we as the consumers here of movies have rights

    • Evan A. Baker
      3 December 2014 at 3:39 am - Reply

      Your rights as a consumer protect you from being sold a product based on fraudulent claims, and from having what you have purchased withheld from you without reason. Nothing guarantees you the right to buy anything you want, under any circumstances, whether or not it’s for sale. Since Wrong Turn 6 is no longer for sale, you no longer have the option of buying it. Your rights don’t enter into the picture.

      This is very much a reason to pull a movie, from both a financial perspective and from a human perspective.

      • Sarah Oliver
        22 December 2014 at 1:03 am - Reply

        Your comment isn’t entirely accurate, I just bought the movie on eBay for a low price and there are more copies left, technically he DOES still have the option to buy it. Legal or not, he just has to know where to look.

  • Josh Millican
    2 December 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Actually, Matt, I think the family’s right to privacy outweighs your right to be entertained. No one should have to worry about their real-life tragedies popping up in inappropriate works of fiction, including you and me. Aspects of our private lives are not available for Hollywood to harvest for their films. Not to mention, using a real missing person poster instead of creating one specifically for the film is just lazy. Thanks for participating in the conversation! Keep reading!

  • Pablo Diablo
    3 December 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

    while i agree to a point with your statement (opinion doesn’t matter) at the same time i don’t know these people and the fact that i may or may not choose to watch it, however good or bad (or lazy) a film may be, doesn’t personally affect the family, and considering where i live FOX isn’t going to make a dime from my viewing of it (i have to pirate the film/download the torrent, which is the easiest and often only way to find and watch films in Turkey, and frankly even if i do find it in a dvd shop, they pirated it anyway; ain’t no blockbuster here). in fact it would have been a complete non-issue for me had i never seen this article, as i never would’ve recognized her or had any clue it was anything but a prop poster. yeah, it was probably fucked up for the prop guy to use it, but that fucked uppedness doesn’t carry over to me for seeing it. anyway my point is: condolences to the family, but i’m still gonna watch it.

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  • The One
    24 December 2014 at 6:47 am - Reply

    It was a pretty good movie. Shame it was recalled for that reason. I hope it gets put back out soon as I know a lot of people will want to finish their collection. The family should’ve been so uptight about it though.

    • Josh Millican
      24 December 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      I’ve got to disagree with you. I’m with the family on this one. It comes down to ownership of the image; a film company can not use someone’s likeness without paying for it. If a person refuses, there’s no way to get around this. I would say Fox agrees with me too, because they didn’t have to recall it; they could have just paid the family a ton of money (which they still may have to do) but they took this nearly unprecedented step for one reason: The film should never have been released with that image in the first place. It might seem like this family is being uptight to you, but unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, you can’t pass judgement.

  • The One
    24 December 2014 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Meant to say * Shouldn’t have been

  • sirsadistic
    12 July 2015 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    for the same legal reasons fred Astaire danced with a vacuum cleaner and john wayne sold toilet paper once a person dies their likeness is fair game

  • Lucas
    16 November 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    You are a fucking idiot and that stupid fucking family can go fuck themselves and fuck their dead bitch grandmother you stupid fucking assholes have ruined this movie for me i and a lot of people have all five movies and you fucking wimpy bastards made it so i can’t have six you dumb assholes i spit on you and your dead grandmother you stupid fucking family you all deserve to die!

    • Pablo Diablo
      17 November 2015 at 2:11 am - Reply

      whoa, whoa, whoa, easy there, chuck! if you’ve got that much of a hardon to see this, just download the torrent. and get back on yer meds while you’re at it before you blow a gasket!

      back to rational discussion, one would think it would be easy enough to cut the 1/2 second of film where granny’s image appears, or even CGI over it instead of totally pulling the film…

      all that being said, i thought it was pretty much a piece of shit film anyway, absolutely unoriginal in every way and laughable pfx. definitely nothing to have an aneurysm over or wish death upon anyone. jebuz!

  • Litio
    29 January 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    I seriously can’t believe someone had the bad taste of using real missing person posters in the movie. I, too, hope whoever decided to do that instead of creating new posters (which would have take even less time, just take a pic of a few crew members who agree with it, and it can even be a good piece of trivia and fun) got fired immediately.

    However I don’t think editing a new version of the movie will give it any “mysthique” since everyone will know the reason it was edited, and it’s not particularly “cool”, it’s actually quite embarrassing… Well, we all have to pay for our mistakes, don’t we?

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