Joy Ride 3: Roadkill (2014)

June 20, 2014 - 1:00pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Ben Hollingsworth, Dean Armstrong, Declan O’Brien, DVD, Gianpaolo Venuta, J. Adam Brown, Jake Manley, Jesse Hutch, Joy Ride, Joy Ride 3, Ken Kirzinger, Kim Todd, Kirsten Prout, Leela Savasta, road movie, Rusty Nail, Sara Mitich, sequel, WT Canada Productions

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Declan O’Brien
Ken Kirzinger, Kirsten Prout, Dean Armstrong, Jesse Hutch, Ben Hollingsworth, Gianpaolo Venuta, Leela Savasta, J. Adam Brown, Sara Mitich, Jake Manley

When it comes to horror, FOX really likes to run their films into the ground. Now that they've pretty much done all they could with the Wrong Turn franchise, they've set their sights on Joy Ride. To top things off, they've even managed to hire the master of the shitty Wrong Turn sequels and terrible SyFy movie originals, Declan O'Brien. I liked the first film, and while the sequel wasn't completely atrocious, it was still pretty bad. This film is just worse in almost every aspect.

While pretty much ignoring the previous installment, the story this time revolves around a group of gear heads looking to take their souped up new car to some sort of road rally. Despite running short on time, they load up and head out (naturally taking a couple bimbos with them), with the intention of making the race before it begins, even if it means having to take a mysterious stretch of road dubbed "Slaughter Alley" by the locals, namely one crazy guy that gives the standard warning to our leads. As if nothing has been learned from thousands of other horror films, they ignore the warnings and go anyway.

It's this stretch of road that they come across a big rig driven by our beloved Rusty Nails, whom they decide to pull a little joke on by cutting him off and letting rocks and other little pieces of whatever hit his truck. That's all it takes for Rusty, as the rest of the film is of him stalking our group and murdering them in gruesome ways. However, this time Rusty sometimes likes to play little games with his victims instead of straight out killing them.  Like chaining a couple together on his hood while he drives and telling them if they last a mile they'll be set free or having screws embed themselves into a poor victims skull while being pulled by some mechanism.

Despite the shitty script and awful characters there's one redeeming value here and that's the gore. Actually I've noticed that there's two things you can count on when Declan O'Brien is writing and directing a horror feature: one is that no doubt it will be a shitty movie and the other is at least we'll get some decent practical gore out of it. That's no different here, as we're given some pretty solid gory deaths, one of my favs. involving a guys face meeting the fan inside a car engine. Sadly, the gore isn't enough to look passed the rest of the flick's many faults.

Fans of Joy Ride will be disappointed with how much Rusty Nails has changed here, but that's only one of the MANY issues with this unnecessary cash-in sequel. While the film does offer some nice practical gory deaths, it's not enough for us to look passed everything else wrong with the movie. Do yourself a favor and skip this mess.

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