joy ride 3 unratedFor today’s film we wanted to try a new straight to video film and I picked from a franchise that I actually enjoyed watching. You know I didn’t realize that J.J. Abrams, the man helming the new Star Wars movie actually was a writer for the original Joy Ride. Our crazy serial killer trucker Rusty Nail (Ken Kirzinger) is back for more in the third film in the Joy Ride series called Joy Ride 3: Road Kill. A racing team is getting ready to head up to Canada for a big race when one of them decides to be stupid and almost runs Rusty and his rigg of the road. Well, Rusty takes offense and decides to stalk Jordan (Jesse Hutch) and his friends as he picks them off one by one while throwing demands at Jordan. The film also stars Ben Hollingsworth (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules) as Mickey, Gianpaolo Venuta (The Words) as Austin, Jake Manley (Hemlock Grove) as Bobby, Kirsten Prout (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Jewel, Leela Savasta (Black Christmas 2006) as Alisa, Sara Mitich (Prick) as Candy, Dean Armstrong (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) as Officer Williams, and the film was directed by Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines).

joy ride 3Like all horror films before it, it starts with the pop which is supposed to be the opening sequence that is supposed to hook you into the film and it was a good one in this film’s case. Some of the kill scenes in the film were actually pretty darn good even though the tire jack crushing the human head kill reminded me a lot of the head in the vice kill in the film Casino. Ken Kirzinger is a legendary stuntman that has been in some amazing movies and he even took the role of Jason Voorhees in the Freddy Vs Jason film. He is definitely the MVP of the film and during one of the scenes when he is choking someone out, you can see Jason Voorhees from that film in this one. The scene in the diner with that waitress was a little awkward and Jake Manley was right that she resembled Large Marge from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure just without acting chops. If I was to describe this film, I would say that it was a cross of Need For Speed with Duel (the 70’s film) which had the man constantly being chased by the crazy trucker. Overall, I really enjoyed watching the film for what it is and I think it’s worth giving a watch if you are a fan of slasher films. I am going to give this film a C+ only because it does have it’s faults.

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