I happen to be a big fan of the first Joy Ride. I thought John Dahl, who also directed the unmistakably perfect gambling film Rounders, did a top-notch job with the overdone road movie genre. I’m disappointed that he hasn’t done more feature directing since Joy Ride.
Steve Zahn, Paul Walker and Leelee Sobieski believably feared for their lives, as they learned a hard lesson about screwing around with strangers – especially strangers who happen to be psychotic killers.
So I’m at the Fangoria Expo a few months ago and find out there’s a sequel coming out called Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, and it’s going straight to DVD in October. As you would imagine, I have mixed feelings about this. Then I watched a scene from the film at the expo, which involved Rusty Nail (originally voiced by Ted Levine from Michael Mann’s Heat) ripping someone’s jaw open, and I thought, the fact that it’s going to DVD really only means they don’t have to worry about ratings. Now I at least want to check out the film.
Fast forward to today and producers have provided FilmFetish.com, with 3 copies of the UNRATED edition of the film on DVD, and they’re up for grabs. Now, after my brief descriptione, you get the idea of what you’re in for. For some of you, this sounds like way too much, but this is for those of you who thought Joy Ride was good, but wished it had more graphic violence.
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More about the film:
Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead revolves around four friends who embark on a road trip to Vegas looking for fun and a few cheap thrills, but have no idea they they’re about to fall into a blood-drenched carnal house of tension, torture and the darkest depths of pure primal fear. After their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they must find a way back to civilization. But their plan soon arouses the malice of Rusty Nail – a murderous, vengeful trucker with an insatiable appetite for gruesome mutilation and sadistic pain – and he’ll stop at nothing to ensure they pay their toll…one body part at a time!
The film stars Nick Zano, Nicki Aycox, Kyle Schmid, Laura Jordan, Kathryn Kirkpatrick and Mark Gibbon, and was directed by Louis Morneau (The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting).
Film Fetish Trivia: J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Star Trek film, and co-creator of the TV shows Alias, Lost and Fringe, co-wrote and produced the first Joy Ride film.
More Trivia: Leelee Sobieski and Steve Zahn will reunite in the Brian King-directed actioner Night Train, which is due in theaters sometime in 2009.
Check out the trailer for Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead below.
Here is an interview of Kyle Schmid (A History of Violence), one of the stars of Joy Ride 2.