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Joy Ride -- When a psychotic trucker takes offense at the pranks pulled by a couple of college students, the young kids are sucked into a whirlpool of terror.
Joy Ride -- 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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve Zahn ... Fuller

Paul Walker ... Lewis

Leelee Sobieski ... Venna

Jessica Bowman ... Charlotte

Stuart Stone ... Danny (Lewis's Roommate)

Basil Wallace ... Car Salesman

Brian Leckner ... Officer Keeney

Mary Wickliffe ... Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite ... Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk

Dell Yount ... Gas Station Mechanic
Kenneth White ... Ronald Ellinghouse
Luis Cortés ... Night Manager (as Luis Cortes)

Michael McCleery ... Officer Akins

Jim Beaver ... Sheriff Ritter

Rachel Singer ... Gas Station Manager
Satch Huizenga ... Ice Truck Man
Terry Leonard ... Bartender

James MacDonald ... Local in Nebraska Bar
Gwenda Deacon ... Truck Stop Waitress
Robert Winley ... Truck Stop Manager
Ali Gage ... Waitress
Jack Moore ... Hotwire Consultant

Hugh Dane ... Man at Door
Lee Stepp ... Traveling Salesman

Jay Hernandez ... Marine
Huey Redwine ... Policeman #1
John Maynard ... Policeman #2
Peter Weireter ... Policeman #3
Tim Cooney ... Voice Actor (voice)
Sheryl Giffis ... Voice Actor (voice)
Pamela Senatore ... Voice Actor (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Cummins ... Deputy (uncredited)

Walton Goggins ... Cop (DVD additional footage) (uncredited)

Matthew Kimbrough ... Rusty Nail (uncredited)

Ted Levine ... Rusty Nail (voice) (uncredited)
Anna Malle ... Porn Actress on Cable TV (uncredited)

Chuck Murphy ... Medic (uncredited)

Patrick Robert Smith ... Cop (uncredited)

Vern Urich ... Officer Alexander (uncredited)

Brien Varady ... Paramedic (DVD additional footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
John Dahl 
Writing credits
Clay Tarver (written by) &
J.J. Abrams (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... producer
Jeffrey Downer .... executive producer: additional photography
Bridget Johnson .... executive producer
Patrick Markey .... executive producer
W. Mark McNair .... associate producer
Arnon Milchan .... executive producer
Chris Moore .... producer
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Cinematography by
Jeff Jur (director of photography) (as Jeffrey Jur)
Film Editing by
Eric L. Beason 
Scott Chestnut 
Todd E. Miller 
Glen Scantlebury 
Casting by
Mali Finn 
Emily Schweber 
Production Design by
Robert Pearson  (as Rob Pearson)
Art Direction by
Michael Rizzo 
Set Decoration by
Beth DeSort  (as Beth De Sort)
Suzette Sheets (additional photography)
Costume Design by
Terry Dresbach 
Makeup Department
Kelly M. Beatty .... special makeup effects artist (as Kelly Beatty)
Roxy D'Alonzo .... assistant makeup artist
Shawn McKay .... hair styles supervisor
Leslie Ann Sebert .... makeup supervisor (as Leslie A. Sebert)
Jennifer Turchi Nigh .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Danny Valencia .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ralph Bertelle .... production supervisor: Nevada
Eve Light Honthaner .... production supervisor: New Regency
Patrick Markey .... unit production manager
Jack L. Murray .... production manager: additional photography
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carla Brand Breitner .... second assistant director: second unit
Marisa Ferrey .... second second assistant director
Brian E. Frankish .... first assistant director: second unit (as Brian Frankish)
Eric Heffron .... first assistant director (as Eric N. Heffron)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director (as Terry J. Leonard)
Richard Oswald .... key second assistant director
Jeff Shiffman .... second assistant director
Chip Touhey .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Art Department
Deana Adkins .... art department production assistant
Karen Agresti .... set decorating buyer
Carl Aldana .... storyboard artist
Mike Anderson .... carpenter
Jess Anscott .... greens laborer
Robert J. Carlyle .... construction coordinator: additional photography unit
Mike Combs .... greensman (as Michael D. Combs)
Frank Cope .... greens laborer
David A. Davidson .... leadman (as David Alexander Davidson)
Marc Fisichella .... production designer: additional scenes
Jimmy Flores .... set construction foreman
Marc Gillson .... paint foreman (as Marco Gillson)
Matt Golden .... storyboard artist
Randal R. Groves .... propmaker foreman
Dorit Hurst .... set decorating buyer (as Dorit Oberman)
Wendy Jerde .... scenic painter
George Karnoff .... leadman: re-shoot
Richard Lambert .... leadman
Dina Lipton .... supervising art director: additional photography
Brian Markey .... construction coordinator
Bryce Moore .... assistant property master
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master
William V. Ryder .... assistant art director
Saul Santell .... art department assistant
Ramsey Smith .... construction foreman
Harlan Spatz .... buyer/dresser
Kenny Swenson .... assistant property master
Troy Myers .... set dresser: re-shoot (uncredited)
Sound Department
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Trip Brock .... dialogue editor
Tim Cooney .... sound mixer
Tom Fox .... utility sound: reshoots
Tim Gedemer .... sound editor
Armond Ghzanian .... assistant sound editor
William Jacobs .... adr editor
Robert Janiger .... sound mixer: reshoots
William H. Jeffs .... cable person: Nevada
Brian W. Jennings .... assistant sound editor (as Brian Jennings)
Jon Johnson .... supervising sound editor
Val Kuklowsky .... supervising adr editor
Samuel Lehmer .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Perkins .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Miguel Rivera .... sound designer
Miguel Rivera .... supervising sound editor
Jackson Schwartz .... foley mixer
George W. Scott .... boom operator: re-shoots
Bill Shotland .... boom operator
Christopher Sidor .... sound recordist
Kevin Sorensen .... cable person
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (as Ed Steidele)
Bruce Stubblefield .... sound effects editor
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Christina Tucker .... adr mixer
Kerry Dean Williams .... adr editor (as Kerry Williams)
Tanya F. Yarbrough .... assistant sound editor (as Tanya Yarbrough)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Jeremy M. Gilleece .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Tim Song Jones .... utility sound technician: reshoots (uncredited)
John Rodd .... additional mixing engineer (uncredited)
Jackie Rodman .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Bailey .... special effects technician
John Cluff .... special effects technician
Scott Dwyer .... special effects technician
John C. Hartigan .... special effects: additional photography
Scott Inoue .... special effects technician (as Scott Y. Inoue)
Matt Kutcher .... special effects supervisor
Andrew J. Loprino .... special effects technician
Rosario Reyes-Kutcher .... special effects technician (as Rosario R. Reyes)
Ron Rosegard .... special effects
Paul Stewart .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor
Martin Hall .... compositor
Derek Ledbetter .... visual effects
Matt Linder .... 3D effects animator (uncredited)
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital (uncredited)
Tony Lee Boggs .... stunt double: Fuller
Tony Lee Boggs .... stunts (as Tony Boggs)
Dan Bradley .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Hal Burton .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator
Teri Garland .... stunts
Tabby Hanson .... stunts
Candy Hoskins .... stunts
Kevin Johnson .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunts (as Steve Lambert)
Oakley Lehman .... stunt double: Lewis
Oakley Lehman .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Sam Maloof .... stunts
Rick Miller .... stunts
Dana Reed .... stunts
Scott Rogers .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
Stu Shiff .... stunts
Peter Stader .... stunts
Monica Staggs .... stunt double: Venna
Monica Staggs .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Al Wyatt Jr. .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Tommy J. Huff .... truck stunts (uncredited)
Kevin N. Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Anastasion .... electrician
Jamie Anderson .... director of photography: additional photography (as James M. Anderson)
James 'Slim Jim' Ballard .... key grip: second unit
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera
Greg Banta .... best boy electric
David Boyd .... director of photography: second unit
Nelson A. Castillo .... balloon technician
Stephen Collins .... camera operator: "b" camera
Don Devine .... camera operator
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Matt Guiza .... film loader
Brooks P. Guyer .... louma crane operator
Jennifer Ann Henry .... second assistant camera
J.D. Ligier .... balloon light technician
David L. Merrill .... key grip
David Morton .... gaffer
Perry H. Patterson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
David 'D.R.' Rhineer .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as David Rhineer)
Greg Rhineer .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Shannon Van Metre .... camera loader
Lance Jay Velazco .... video assist operator
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip
Bonnie Blake .... additional camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Richard Foreman Jr. .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
Rory Robert Knepp .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Rory Robert Knepp .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Brian Lataille .... remote head technician (uncredited)
John T. Pouncey .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
David D. Scott .... video assist operator: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Belinda Gardea .... casting associate
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger .... casting assistant (as Lindsey Hayes)
Alice Cassidy .... additional special voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Patrick Doyle .... key set costumer (as John Doyle)
Leslie Herman .... wardrobe supervisor
Bega Metzner .... set costumer
Fran Murphy .... key costumer (2002)
Editorial Department
Christein Aromando .... first assistant editor: additional editorial crew (as Christein M. Goldstein)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Paul Covington .... assistant editor
Daniel Craven .... first assistant editor
Patrick Gallagher .... assistant editor: avid
Bob McMillian .... color timer
A. Michelle Page .... assistant editor
James Schermerhorn .... assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Adrianna Valencia .... post-production assistant
Sean Valla .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
Thomas Bartke .... music transcriptor
Marco Beltrami .... conductor
John Bissell .... music supervisor
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Heather Bradley .... singer/songwriter
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
John Kurlander .... scoring engineer
Yvonne McDonald .... music coordinator
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Tristin Norwell .... music engineer
Tristin Norwell .... music producer
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Buck Sanders .... composer: additional music
Richard Stewart .... assistant music editor
Ken Watson .... orchestra contractor
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Ceiri Torjussen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Allegro .... production van driver operator
Charley Bob Burnham .... transportation coordinator: additional photography
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
Wallace Frick .... transportation captain (as Wally Frick)
David Travis Grieb .... grip and electric driver/swing
Mike Shannon .... transportation captain
Raymond Michael Shannon .... transportation captain
Lee Stepp .... transportation captain
David Joseph .... driver: production van (uncredited)
Other crew
Anita Boudreaux .... second assistant accountant
Richard Bronskill .... auricle operator
Carol Sue Byron .... production accountant
Chris Cummins .... set production assistant
Danielle Daly .... assistant: Mr. Dahl
Scott Devereaux .... key assistant location manager
Cindy Fields .... assistant accountant
Cindy Byron Fields .... second assistant accountant
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Stefan Frank .... development executive
Gerry Ganger .... SpaceCam technician
Tyler M. Hall .... production assistant
Kevin Halloran .... location manager: additional photography
Joshua T. Harris .... office production assistant (as Joshua Harris)
Joe Hartwick Jr. .... production accountant: re-shoots
Pam Jack .... assistant location manager: Nevada (as Pamela Polhemus)
Jimi Johnson .... production assistant
Jonas Juhlin .... office production assistant
Jamie Kemp .... chef
Lisa Kopp .... assistant: Bridget Johnson
Stephen A. Marinaccio II .... production coordinator (as Stephen 'Robo' Marinaccio II)
Michael Maxwell .... caterer (as Mike Maxwell)
Morgan .... script supervisor: second unit
Craig Nix .... assistant crane operator: Technocrane
Meighan Offield .... assistant: J.J. Abrams
Mistidawn Peterson .... office production assistant (as Mistidawn N. Peterson)
LaTanya Potts .... production secretary
Kei Rowan-Young .... assistant location manager
Amanda Segel .... assistant: Arnon Milchan
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager (as Ned Shapiro)
Tiffany Shine .... assistant: Patrick Markey
Brad Shoemaker .... general foreman
Deborah Simmrin .... unit publicist
Marybeth Sprows .... assistant: J.J. Abrams
Mike Staheli .... unit medic
Gregg Stuart .... second assistant accountant
Susan A. Sullivan .... assistant production coordinator (as Susan Sullivan)
Kevin Sutherland .... assistant: J.J. Abrams
Sheryl Swann .... assistant: John Dahl
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor (as Brenda Wachel)
Tiffany Weston .... office production assistant
Amanda White .... assistant: Chris Moore
Marvin Williams .... production assistant
Rich Winograd .... SpaceCam operations coordinator
Paul O. Wright .... craft service
Karen Yokomizo .... first assistant accountant
Penny Brown .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
Carole Fontana .... location scout (uncredited)
Lee Steadman .... location scout (uncredited)
Rick S. Sulier .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Carter Swan .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ken Twohy .... production assistant (uncredited)
James William Visconti III .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Wheelan .... craft service (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Roadkill" - Australia (imdb display title), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), New Zealand (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
"Never Play with Strangers" - Israel (English title)
"Road Killer" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for violence/terror and language
97 min
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For the nighttime chase scenes, the headlights of the trucks and cars were replaced by aircraft landing lights for extra brightness. This helped to bring down the exposure enough to keep the sky consistently black even at early dawn.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Fuller and Venna are outside the motel room, Fuller takes her key and uses it to open the lock. When he turns the key, the whole knob turns, indicating that the knob was never locked. (See Goodfellas (1990) for the same mistake.)See more »
Fuller Thomas:Hey, you came all the way to Salt Lake for me?
Lewis Thomas:Well, you are technically still my brother.
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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Scary Road Thriller Somewhat Reminiscent of "The Hitcher"., 15 February 2007
Author: ultra_violent from New York City, New York, USA

"Joy Ride" is an extremely entertaining road-set horror/thriller that was surprisingly quite good. The film is about Lewis (Paul Walker), a college coed who decides to buy himself a car and take off across the desert to pick up a would-be-girlfriend, Venna (Leelee Sobieski) in Colorado for a road trip together. He then learns that his older troubled brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn) has been arrested in Salt Lake City, so he picks him up on the way. After having a CB radio installed into the car, the two take off to pick up Venna, but end up pulling a prank on an anonymous trucker who goes by the name of "Rusty Nail" (excellently voiced by Ted Levine) on the CB radio. After the trucker learns about the prank, he attacks the brothers with his large semi, but they manage to escape. But soon after they pick up Venna, the menacing truck driver begins harassing them again, seeking revenge for the joke they decided to play on him - he'll stop at nothing to get it, and he's looking for more than an apology.

Reminiscent of "The Hitcher" in quite a few ways, but also a much different film, "Joy Ride" was a surprise for me. I was expecting something along the lines of your typical teenage-horror fare, and I was pleasantly surprised with this intelligent and heart-pounding little thriller of a film. To start off, the story in itself is very nicely written and manages to avoid clichés. The characters in this film are smart, and the audience is rooting for them the entire way through. There are some excellently orchestrated thrill sequences, one of them being the really intense chase through the cornfield, among others, and these scenes are sure to get you on the edge of your seat.

Tension builds slowly during the first 40 minutes or so, and from there it just goes rampant. The cast is led by Paul Walker, who hasn't accomplished anything too amazing, but manages to lead the film well and play his character believably. Steve Zahn in his quirky and funny older brother, and plays the part suitably. Leelee Sobieski plays the intuitive girl-next-door friend who ends up along for the ride, and she also gives a worthy performance. The psycho-trucker villain of the film is very scary, never really seen - we get to know him through the frightening conversations on the CB radio, where he makes numerous threats and has many disturbing confrontations with the group of friends. Ted Levine, who played the notorious Buffalo Bill in "The Silence of the Lambs" voices the psychopath, and his voice itself is creepy enough, and adds to the villain's overall demeanor. The ending was excellent, and I loved how ominous it was. I really didn't see it coming, and it concluded on a very unnerving note.

Overall, "Joy Ride" is a superior action-filled horror/thriller that came as a big surprise to me. It was intelligent, tense, scary, and very well-written, which was nice because of my semi-low (no pun intended) expectations going into it. People who enjoyed "The Hitcher" will more than likely also enjoy this road trip from hell. Very well done and worth seeing for both horror and thriller fans alike. 8/10.

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