Joyride 2 Dead Ahead (2008)

logoDirector: Louis Morneau

Writer: James Robert Johnston, Bennett Yellin (Screenplay) Clay Tarver, J.J. Abrams (Characters)

Starring: Nicki Aycox, Nick Zano, Laura Jordan, Kyle Schmid, Mark Gibbon


Plot: While driving to Las Vegas for the bachelor party of her sister Melissa and her fiancé Bobby, Kayla stops the car in the gas station to meet her date, Nik, a guy she met on the internet. Nik convinces her to take a secondary road under the protest of Bobby but the car breaks down. They find a house in the middle of nowhere and decide to take the car parked in the house’s garage to the next city, and return with a rented car to pay for the damages provoked by Nik; Melissa leaves her cell number. However, they discover that the owner of the place is the sadistic truck driver Rusty Nail and they have to pay a high price for what they did.


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Verdict: Solid DVD Sequel


Story: Joyride 2 starts with a female prostitute trying to get a lift of Rusty Nail (Gibbon) but she ends up getting more than she bargained for when Rusty Nail takes her for a ride. Now it is time for Kayla (Jordan) her sister Melissa (Aycox) and her fiancée Bobby (Zano) who are on a road trip to Las Vegas for joint parties. Kayla has arranged to meet one of her My Space friends Nik (Schmid), yes this film is using the idea of My Space still being popular.

Nik suggests a short cut on back roads and yes you guessed it the car breaks down, never seen this one before. They also have no signal, well that is a surprise too, now we have to have a walking montage where we get to see Bobby show off his body. The four come across an abandoned house and try looking for help and after a series of trying to make each other jump they find a car with a CB radio. The house just so happens to be owned by Rusty Nail who wants his car back and kidnaps Bobby and puts the remaining three through a series of tests.

Joyride 2 manages to follow on from what the original created for most of the film, we get the tension fuelled game of cat and mouse between the friends and the trucker, only this time we get disposable characters. That would be one of my negative thoughts on this film, did we need to see Rusty Nail actually go all the way and kill people? My answer is yes, I just feel that the kills were made of a way to get rid of the support characters rather than pull them together like the first one did. When it comes to sequels this is solid and can keep you attention from start to finish which isn’t always the way after such a long break between the films. (6/10)


Actor Review


Nicki Aycox: Melissa young lady on the way to her joint bachelor party with her fiancée but her good nature gets her caught up in the middle of twisted trucker’s games. Nicki does a solid job in the lead role showing beauty with brains. (6/10)


Nick Zano: Bobby Singer is Melissa fiancée who ends up getting captured by the trucker and used by Rusty Nail to get the people to do what he wants. Nick spends too much of the film in a captured position to be given a good mark. (3/10)


Laura Jordan: Kayla is Melissa’s sister who is joining the party along with her My Space boyfriend, she is the much more independent of the two but her confidence will be her weakness. Laura does a solid job in the disposable supporting role. (5/10)


Kyle Schmid: Nik the My Space boyfriend of Kayla whose big mouth gets the guys into more trouble. Kyle does a solid job making you hate him as we see his character become weaker throughout the film. (5/10)


Mark Gibbon: Rusty Nail is the psychotic trucker who likes to put people through tests before he disposes of them. Mark makes an imposing presence on the screen even if you don’t actually ever see his face. (7/10)


Support Cast: Joyride 2 only has a support cast that turn up in the odd scene, no one else makes any impact on this film.


Director Review: Louis Morneau – Louis does a good job directing by not only staying true to the original but being brave enough to leave his own mark by the end. (7/10)


Horror: Joyride 2 does take us into a horror based setting with the added games being played by Rusty Nail. (7/10)

Thriller: Joyride 2 really does keep you interested from start to finish, which is a surprise with the time between the first and the sequel. (8/10)

Settings: Joyride 2 uses the traditional open road settings for the story to unfold in. (7/10)

Suggestion: Joyride 2 is definitely one to be trying especially if you enjoyed the first one. (Try it)


Best Part: Keeps the trucker scary.

Worst Part: Not the best acting.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel:  Has one more sequel.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Hitcher


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: His voice could be the last thing you heard


Overall: Joyride 2 is one of the best straight to DVD sequels I have seen, but don’t expect a masterpiece just a solid horror film.

Rating 60

Joy Ride (2001)

logoDirector: John Dahl

Writer: Clay Tarver, J.J. Abrams (Screenplay)

Starring: Steve Zahn, Paul Walker, Leelee Sobieski, Jessica Bowman, Stuart Stone, Basil Wallace, Brian Leckner


Plot: Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer.


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Verdict: Forgotten Suspenseful Thriller


Story: Joy Ride starts by introducing college students Lewis (Walker) and Venna (Sobieski) deciding to take a road trip home for the holiday giving them a chance to spend time together as they live apart, Lewis buys a car for the trip and heads up to pick Venna up. Lewis’ brother Fuller (Zahn) is in jail thanks to his drinking problems and after five years Lewis picks him on to brings him back home on the road trip. Fuller instalments a CB radio the brothers have fun with the truckers and one in particular Rusty Nail, playing a prank pretending to be a woman.

After losing radio contact with Rusty Nail they believe the prank is over but as they try to settle for the night Fuller crosses paths with a rude racist man and when Rusty nail gets back in contact they arrange a meeting between the man and Rusty Nail. When the prank goes wrong the man is left in a coma with his jaw ripped off leaving the brothers being kicked out of Wyoming. The brothers thinking they will get away with it decide continue their journey but when Rusty Nail finds out who they are he chases them down leading to a car chase.brothers

Having got through the ordeal with Rusty Nail the brothers finally pick up Venna and finish off their trip home. When Rusty Nail continues to follow them he becomes interested in them more because of Venna’s appearance on the scene. The three end up having to go through a series of tasks for Rusty Nail in order to save a friend which will push them all to the edge.

Joy Ride is a very simple idea for a story it never tries to complicate anything and keeps the attention fully on the brothers and Rusty Nail. By not letting us truly see Rusty Nail is also a big boost as we end up having to imagine what it would be like to be hunted down by an unknown person. The story never tries to throw any twists at us but manages to keep us guessing from start to finish. I would say that with today’s technology this film wouldn’t work to the same level because people would be using cell phones to call for help and even SAT NAVS to track down people a lot easier than Rusty does. In all honesty this is one of the best thrillers of the time that seems to have been forgotten especially with its sequels turning to the horror genre for more scares but less tension. (8/10)


Actor Review


Steve Zahn: Fuller Thomas criminal who joins his little brother on a cross country trip, it is his idea to play the prank but he is the one who ends up having to take responsibility for his action. Steve gives a good performance as the so called older wiser brother. (7/10)


Paul Walker: Lewis Thomas college student who buys a car to travel cross country to pick up his girl mate who he hopes to have more with but after picking up his brother, he ends up getting caught up in the middle of a prank gone wrong. Paul gives a good performance in an early role and still involving his love of driving. (7/10)


Leelee Sobieski: Venna old school friend of the brothers who ends up getting pulled into the middle of the game the truck driver has been having with the brothers. Leelee ends up giving a solid supporting performance but never gets enough screen time. (6/10)


Support Cast: Joy Ride only has a supporting cast of people they meet along the way with not many making any real impact in the film but each could be who Rusty Nail really is.


Director Review: John Dahl – John gives us one of the good suspense thrillers on the year here. (7/10)


Mystery: Joy Ride creates a mystery about who the killer is because the list could be any truck driver. (8/10)

Thriller: Joy Ride really does keep you guessing from start to finish just wait to see what will happen next. (8/10)

Settings: Joy Ride keeps everything on the road or in and around rest stops making it feel like our characters are really being hunted down over long distances. (7/10)

Suggestion: Joy Ride is one for all the thriller fans to enjoy, I think it does manage to reach edge of your seat level. (Thriller Fans Watch)


Best Part: The shock about what happens to the man next door.

Worst Part: The Police who offer no help.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has two sequels.

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dual


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $36.5 Million

Budget: $23 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Don’t play with strangers

Trivia: Was renamed ‘Road Kill’ in the UK, since taking a ‘Joy Ride’ is not the pleasant journey it is in the states, rather the name for when youths steal cars and race each other or the cops and eventually total and dump the car.


Overall: Joy Ride is one of the better thrillers in recent years it makes you want to know what will happen next but it also doesn’t resort to just going for blood and gore like many others do.

Rating 77

Trailer Alert – Everyone’s Going to Die

Plot Two lost souls. One last chance. Melanie’s life in a seaside town is going nowhere until she meets Ray, back in town with a shady job to do. A moment’s escape becomes a chance to save themselves, and each other. Everyone’s Going To Die is a modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.

Release Date: 26th June 2015

Summary: This one looks like a very powerful film that is going to be driven by strong performances from the actors. It will tackle a subject that we all know is just around the corner at some point in our lives and hopefully it will teach us to make the most of our own lives.


Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 70%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No