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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good scary movie...lots of thrills but not too many kills
This is one of my favourite scary movies for a night with my mates, because it's quite scary and creepy without too much blood and guts. Most of the movie is basically the three friends running away from Rusty Nail, and it relys a lot on tension and suspense for thrills, rather than grossing you out with lots of killing. I first watched it when I was quite young, and let...
Published on 1 April 2010 by Jennifer Malsingh

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3.0 out of 5 stars If you like horror comedi try this film not seen joyride 3 ...
If you like horror comedi try this film not seen joyride 3 yet bad if its the same as first two should be fun to watch
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good scary movie...lots of thrills but not too many kills, 1 April 2010
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Jennifer Malsingh (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This is one of my favourite scary movies for a night with my mates, because it's quite scary and creepy without too much blood and guts. Most of the movie is basically the three friends running away from Rusty Nail, and it relys a lot on tension and suspense for thrills, rather than grossing you out with lots of killing. I first watched it when I was quite young, and let me tell you that me and my friends found it really scary! Watching it now, it doesn't scare me so much, but it's still pretty good.

I think the ending to the actual film is really good, and I was disappointed by the alternative endings on the DVD. You can see why they chose the one they did!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars **** JOY RIDE ****, 4 Jan. 2003
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Mr. N. Carnegie (Kirkcaldy, Scotland, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
Directed by John Dahl, previously best known for Red Rock West and The Last Seduction (the movie that launched Linda Fiorentino's career), Roadkill is very much a homage to the seventies Spielberg movie Duel but rather than being just a cheap rip-off Joy Ride is in fact a very entertaining, genuinely scary edge of the seat ride, which proves that you don't need a big budget to make great movies.
THE PLOT: The film's instantly likeable hero, Lewis, played by Paul Walker (The Fast and The Furious) a scholarship student at Berkeley, buys a battered 1971 car so he can pick up Venna (Leelee Sobieski), who he has a major crush for, from the University of Colorado and drive her to the East Coast for summer vacation. However, on the way he unexpectedly has to pick up his irresponsible older brother Fuller (the always excellent Steve Zahn) who's in a Salt Lake City jail on a drunk-and-disorderly charge. During the journey Fuller buys a cheap CB radio and involves Lewis in an unpleasant practical joke at the expense of a truck driver with the CB handle 'Rusty Nail' but they find themselves in fear for their lives when old Rusty turns out to be a psychopath who takes a violent dislike to them. From then on, they themselves become the objects of the unseen Rusty Nail's revenge. After several hair-raising encounters, they resolve not to tell Venna of their adventures when they pick her up at the clean, well-lit Colorado campus.
It would be easy to criticise Roadkill (known as Joy Ride in America). Its premise is hardly original and its reliance on a CB radio as a plot device harks back to the seventies, rather than the present day when everybody (except in this movie) has a cell phone. However, Roadkill is actually a stunning success due to its faultless direction, which creates Hitchcock like suspense and provides many heart stopping moments. The script is excellent too combining and balancing humour and horror in equal measures, often hinting at violence that is not actually seen and providing nervous moments of humour whilst avoiding corniness. As for the three leads they are perfectly cast with Paul Walker, minus the blonde beach boy locks he sported in The Fast and the Furious, making a good fist of the part of the boy from the wrong side of the tracks in love with the girl from the right side of the tracks played by the equally impressive Leelee Sobieski (Deep Impact). Steve Zahn (Out of Sight) as the misfit brother Fuller is also excellent and he steals many of the scenes with witty one-liners but ultimately this is a movie whose strength lies in the sum of all its parts. Cheaply made it shows that its not big budgets that make great movies its talent and imagination. Here's hoping there's a sequel! Four stars, well merited. ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good suspenseful movie, 24 April 2014
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This review is from: Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
'Roadkill' is a great film to watch on a Friday night with a group of friends. Although 'The Hitcher' is superior, the two movies aren't all that dissimilar, and the plot is along the same lines.

The movie stars two brothers, University student Lewis (played by the recently late Paul Walker, RIP) and troublesome Fuller (Steve Zahn). Lewis is traveling with Fuller to pick up and drive home his childhood friend Venna (Leelee Sobieski), trying to impress and hopefully become romantically involved with her. On the way there, with their CB radio, they decide to have some fun and play a prank on a mysterious driver calling himself as 'Rusty Nail' (Ted Levine). Lewis pretends to be an attractive young woman named 'Candy Cane' who would love to meet him. A meeting is set up in the motel where the boys will be spending the night, and the brothers tell 'Rusty Nail' to bring along some pink champagne.

It may seem like a cruel trick to do someone, but the joke is soon on them - 'Rusty Nail' only turns out to be a psychopath, and when someone in the motel is found laying there brutally attacked with his jaw ripped, the men soon realise the full extent as to just what they have got themselves into. Rusty Nail will stop at nothing for revenge.

'Roadkill' very rarely goes into any cheesy territory, and the whole film is a genuinely tension filled thriller. The storyline is hardly anything original, but still makes for an intense thrill. It spawned a sequel, and another one, due for release this year. If a film which came out in 2001 can still have a second follow up thirteen years later - you know it must has something. Sit back, enjoy, and think twice about playing pranks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENTERTAINING MOVIE THAT WILL TAKE YOU ON THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE, 29 Aug. 2012
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This is such a brilliant film that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The extra features are also excellent (especially the alternative endings)and Paul Walker makes a hot lead, which is an very nice bonus.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Builds on the Hitcher films by Eric Red -- and still a testerone ride, 19 April 2011
This review is from: Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
This movie is an evolution to original films, beginning with Spielberg's Duel (Special Edition) [DVD], that worked 'from a script by Richard Matheson, the film starring Dennis Weaver as a mild-mannered traveling salesman who unintentionally angers the driver of a semi truck', as well as the classic Hitcher movies written by Eric Red (Hitcher [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC], and The Hitcher 2 - I've Been Waiting [DVD]. In other words, adolescent innocents are stalked by a psychopath while driving on the highway. While this is a gripping movie - the tension, the acting, the dialogue all work - the one element that frustrates, overwhelmingly so, is the brother in this film, who brings on/invites all the trouble that subsequently occurs. For that reason, you're continuously anger/p*issed off that the idiot, older brother, has initated the trouble because of his dumbass prankster behaviour. Having said that, it's still a tightly plotted, high testerone movie, with great performances by Steven Zahn (the idiot older brother/prankster), Paul Walker (terrifc in his role, and very beautiful to watch on the screen), and the always gorgeous, multi-talented convincing Leelee Sobieski. The psycho of the film is, appropriately, relentless and terrifying; like all psychos; nothing will satisfy him save death of those he stalks and, if necessary, himself. But he's too clever by half. The only real criticism of the film, is that Steven Zahn/older brother is such a frickin moron, SO irritating, because you know he initiated the whole nightmare with his prank that he insists his younger brother should play, that the rest of the film remains on a level of tension entirely to do with the audience's awareness that HE's caused the problems in the first place. None the less, the movie is genuinely a fuel-driven, relentless ride of tension and anxiety, and those scenes are played out very well. (Interestingly, too, J. J. Abrams co-wrote this script; it must have been one of his early ones, but you can see already his understanding of dramatic plot developments and intense individual scenes; no wonder he's since become one of the darlings of Hollywood - one thinks of his scripts for Mission Impossible 3 (Single Disc) [DVD], besides his originating the Lost - Season 5 [DVD] series.) Worth watching? You bet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great psychological thriller, 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
I've said psychological as alot of this film is in the mind, you rarely get to see the bad guy and when you do it's only a glimpse, plus there's only an incredibly small amount of blood shown in the entire film.

It's pretty much left to you what this bad guy looks like for much of the film which I think is good, rather than just concentrating on the plot you're left thinking 'what does this guy look like?' too.

The film goes between being an easy going kind of film to suspense effortlessly, it's not all go go go and I think that they get the balance right too.

The performances are good, solid and believable by Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn, the latter which gets to show a bit of his comic background to relieve the tension at times too.

For this kind of film I've personally never seen a better film, it's nothing like Nightmare on Elm Street or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it still has all the suspense of those films, minus the blood and guts.

Highly recommended, good twists and turns, for the ladies you get to see both male leads in their birthday suits too!!, plus a great twist at the end of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadkill, 22 Nov. 2012
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Very tense thriller that has more twists and turns than a grand prix track. Absolutely brilliant and great value !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars roadkill, 18 Feb. 2013
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once again paul walker is great in any film he has done. this film was rather scary which I liked
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compact thriller that's not compact on thrills, 11 Jun. 2010
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Daniel J. Cronin (Portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This film owes its great idea from Steven Spielberg's classic first film Duel, but this is a very entertaining thriller. Two brothers (Steve Zahn and Paul Walker) prank a truck driver, by putting on a female voice over the car radio and pretending to be his date. The truck driver discovers this is a joke and what happens next is definitely a Joy Ride as the truck driver chases them through the American desert. Mind games, tense situations and lots of suspense follow. Zahn does not normally star in films like these, but he provides a much needed bit of light humour in places and does an excellent acting job particularly in the really tense scenes. Walker was well cast as the sensible brother. Leelee Sobieski's best acting can be found here as Walker's adorable love interest getting caught up in it all. If you love psychological thrillers and road movies you'll love this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!!!, 22 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Roadkill (aka Joy Ride) [DVD] [2002] (DVD)
One of the best chillers ever made. Great story, great script, great acting, and very creepy and suspenseful. A bit like "Duel", but more chilling.
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