Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead

After their car broke down during a road trip, four friends get in the way of a vengeful truck driver.
United States
Canada
2008
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trickster: 
Gamemaster
Impostor
Lurer
Prankster
5.04
Slasher on wheels!
4
5.04
6
6
2
3
3
Performances
Dialog
Ambiance
The original Joy Ride was a self-contained road movie that didn't need a sequel but chose to make its antagonist a horror gimmick "just in case". “Rusty Nail” was his name, but, for most of the film, he was nothing but a voice on a radio. The truck he drove, from the audience’s perspective, was his mask. Despite it being rigorously structured to generate a sequel, Part 2 doesn't hold up.
It’s low key but it’s not exactly a B-movie. The old script is rehashed and remixed, but with pale screenwriting and directing. Joy Ride 2 is not horrendous but it isn't memorable either. The dialog is flat, spoken with generic acting standards of the era, and the characters are uninteresting. This is a decent slasher in the shadow of an excellent thriller.
Rusty Nail is darker but not as cynical. His persona was slightly altered. As a result, he becomes a horror villain more generic than he needed to be. The photographer made sure he still inspires fear. He has taken a liking in piling up bodies, among other things. He’s lost his M.O., but at least he brings back the 80’s. Indeed, the ultimate reason to watch Joy Ride 2 is slasher reminiscence.
Alternate Titles: 
Joy Ride 2
Joyride 2
Joy Ride II
Joy Ride Part II
Joy Ride Part 2