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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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College student Lewis decides to drive across the country to see Venna, a friend who doesn't know that Lewis is interested in her romantically. Unfortunately for his plans, Lewis gets saddled with his raucous-spirited older brother, Fuller, whose on-the-road pranks get the brothers and Venna sucked into a nightmare when a psychotic truckdriver takes offense. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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How much fun can you have... when the joke is on you? See more »


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Rated R for violence/terror and language | See all certifications »

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5 October 2001 (USA)  »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,138,429 (UK) (26 April 2002)

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£2,215,996 (UK) (24 May 2002)
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Trivia

As Lewis is looking at his map in the car, his finger follows the road from Red Rock past Green River and down SW. Director John Dahl's earlier motel based thriller was Red Rock West (1993). See more »

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When Candy Cane loses connection with Rusty Nail, there is a shot showing the car driving but there is no aerial. See more »

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[after installing the CB]
Fuller Thomas: This is like some kinda prehistoric Internet.
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Written and Performed by Sarah Slean
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A tense, but ultimately unsatisfying, thriller.
30 January 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Roadkill (or Joy Ride as it is also known) starts off promisingly, but ultimately ends up disappointing. Reminsiscent of both Duel and the Jamie Lee Curtis thriller, Road Games, this film lacks the sheer originality of the Spielberg classic or the Hitchcockian verve of the latter.

After the great initial set-up (two guys are stalked by a psycho trucker after playing a cruel prank on him on their CB), the film meanders aimlessly (and rather bloodlessly) to a weak and pedestrian finale.

The movie obviously suffered from last-minute rewrites (after disappointing test screenings?) and the DVD features umpteen alternative endings - none of which are very good! If only the makers of this film had had the balls to try and shock or surprise the audience, they may have had a real winner on their hands. This film would have really benefited from a 'Seven'-esque finale, or some 'Saw'-style creativity from its (admittedly nifty-monickered) sicko-trucker, Rusty Nail.


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