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Joy Ride (2001)

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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This fall, everything you say will come back to haunt you. Everything you see will terrify you. And everything you hear will drive you over the edge. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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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)

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$7,347,259 (USA) (5 October 2001)

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$21,973,182 (USA) (4 January 2002)
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Joy Ride and Joy Ride 2 are both littered with alumni from the series Supernatural. In the first Joy Ride, Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer on S'pn) plays the Sheriff. In Joy Ride 2, Mackenzie Gray (The Djinn on S'pn) played a bartender, Gardiner Millar (Marv and a Wraith, 2 different eps of S'pn) plays the Mortician, while one of the film's main characters, Melissa, is played by Nicki Aycox (Meg 1.0 from S'pn). See more »

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As Lewis, Venna, and Fuller are driving out to the corn field, Fuller is wearing a blue shirt with a brown jacket. While running through the corn field away from Rusty Nail, however, Fuller is wearing a cop's hat and cop's jacket, obviously from the original ending. See more »

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Lewis Thomas: He's watching us!
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Telephone Song
Written by Gene Bowen
Performed by Gene Bowen
Courtesy of Hen House Studios
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A surprisingly engrossing and effective thriller. Not all that original but extremely entertaining.
13 January 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

It would be very easy to overlook 'Roadkill' (the title 'Joy Ride' is known by here in Australia), especially considering the leads are mainly known for asinine teen movies. But dig a little deeper and you will see that it is directed by the underrated John Dahl, also responsible for the crackerjack thriller 'Red Rock West' a decade ago. Paul Walker ('The Skulls') is very effective as your average joe college kid, and Steve Zahn ('Out Of Sight') is even better as his smart ass older brother. Zahn is a talented comic often better than the movies he appears in, and he is in fine form here. The chemistry between the two is believable and amusing without becoming tired. Leelee Sobieski ('Eyes Wide Shut') has yet to make much of an impact on me, and there's very little to change that here. She is passable but little more than eye candy as Walker's potential love interest. The real star of the movie is the mysterious and frightening trucker Rusty Nail ('The Silence Of The Lambs' Ted Levine). Of course the whole scenario is hugely indebted to Spielberg's suspense classic 'Duel', but Dahl and co. manage to put a fresh and exiting spin on familiar material. 'Roadkill' won't change your life, but it is a genuinely exciting and effective thriller, a real rarity in Hollywood these days. Hitchcock it ain't but it's a very entertaining popcorn movie with plenty of thrills and twists. Recommended.


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