Four college students find themselves in a dangerous situation after picking up a hitchhiker and stopping at a rest stop.



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Episode credited cast:
Craig Dawson ...
Joshua B. Hamlin ...
Crafty #2
David Kopp ...
Johanna Osborne ...
Crafty #1 (as Jo-Ann MacDonald)
Himself - Host


Young Sara, her brother Chuck, her best friend Vicki and Vicki's boyfriend Tim are driving through a mountainous forest area. Sara decides to pick up slightly disheveled but hunky hitchhiker Andy, despite everyone else's protests. Vicki has to go to the bathroom, so they pull up at a nearby rest stop in the middle of nowhere. The only other people there are a group of grungy young locals, who offer various unusual souvenirs to travelers. Chick and Vicki dislike them as much as they do Andy and Andy shows slight contempt for rich and snobbish Chuck and Vicki as well. When the gang enters the public restroom, everything seems normal. When they come out, their car is missing as well as the grungy vendors. Is this just a case of simple highway robbery or something far more sinister?

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2 August 2001 (Canada)  »

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Going to the head
8 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Familiar faces Amy Johnson and Jerry O'Connell star in this precursor to WRONG TURN. A car full of young people find themselves fighting for their lives against shadowy figures at a rural rest stop (hence the title). There are some very unpleasant moments in this episode, so the weak of heart should beware. O'Connell plays a hitchhiker, and it is evident he is "off" from the moment he joins our merry little band of 20-somethings. The ending, which I must admit is pretty depressing, holds a major shocker. A surprisingly well-crafted thriller for a low-budget series, and a perfect introduction to this show. As with all other episodes in the series, Henry Rollins in a tight black T-shirt solemnly intones a few words at the beginning and end. And depending on your mood, this blue-collar, muscle-bound answer to Rod Serling may have you rolling with laughter.

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