Friday, September 14, 2012

Fear Friday - Road Trips Beware!

Welcome to another Fear Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge. Tonight's selection is a favorite of mine. Make sure to stop by Rats and More to enter to win your choice of Compact Mirror/Pill Box and Silver Pendant. It ends the 19th so hurry on over.

Fridays at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog are Fear Fridays where we review a different horror/scary/thriller/classic horror movie.

Fear Friday - Joy Ride

Tagline - It started as a joke. Now the joke is on them.
                How much fun can you have... when the joke is on you?
                Don't play with strangers

Directed by John Dahl (Red Rock West and Rounders) and released on October 5, 2001 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Rated R). Lewis (Paul Walker) is excited to head off on a road trip home from college so he can pick up Venna (Leelee Sobieski) to ride along with him. Unfortunately his brother Fuller (Steve Zahn), who needs to be bailed out of jail, comes along for the ride too. Bored, Fuller convinces Lewis to pull a prank on a trucker over their CB radio. Big mistake!

This movie is always a fun watch. A road trip is a great setting for a horror film. There is so much unknown when you are driving somewhere you are not familiar with. The villain is great even though you do not ever really see him. You just hear his voice over the CB radio. And what a voice it is! Truly creepy. The phrase Candy Cane will never be the same again.

Yes it is a bit silly and over the top but that just makes for a fun movie. And having Steve Zahn in it is always a plus in my book. If you have not seen it give it a try. Plus, the DVD copy I have has alternate endings included. One of which is completely different than what went into theaters. Very interesting.

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia about the movie
1. The speaking voice for 'Rusty Nail' was provided by Ted Levine, most famous for portraying 'Buffalo Bill' in The Silence of the Lambs.   
2. Three different versions of the ending were shot.   
3. Eric Stoltz and Eric Roberts auditioned for the role of "Rusty Nail".   
4. As Lewis is looking at his map in the car, his finger follows the road from Red Rock past Green River and down SW. Director John Dahl's earlier motel based thriller was Red Rock West.   
5. In one scene, a seemingly maniacal ICE truck pulls up to a gas station that the brothers have pulled up to. In Duel, a likewise maniacal truck pulls up to our hero (David Mann) and a small billboard for ICE is visible in the background.
6. During the course of the movie, watch the LED signal strength indicator lights on the brothers' CB radio. The first four indicator lights change colors in nearly every scene, including bright green, dark green, yellow, red, and crimson. This is obviously intentional and not a series of continuity errors.
7. Was renamed 'Road Kill' in the UK, since taking a 'Joy Ride' is not the pleasant journey it is in the states, rather the name for when youths steal cars and race each other or the cops and eventually total and dump the car.    
8. The car they are driving is a 1971 Chrysler Newport.   
9. Leelee Sobieski ended up filming two different romantic interludes, one with Steve Zahn and one with Paul Walker during the shooting and re-shooting of the film. Both scenes ended up getting cut.
10. Although Ted Levine provides Rusty Nail's voice, he actually wasn't brought in until post-production, and, physically, Rusty Nail is played by the hulking actor Matthew Kimbrough.

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