Director: Declan O’Brien
Writers: Declan O’Brien, Clay Tarver & J.J. Abrams (characters)
Cast: Jesse Hutch, Kirsten Prout, Ben Hollingsworth, Ken Kirzinger, and Leela Savasta
Film is distributed by 20th Century Fox | IMDb/trailer
The latest in the Joy Ride franchise, Joy Ride 3: Roadkill, comes to us on Blu-ray this month to continue the sick trail of death by the hellish truck driver Rusty Nail. To be honest, Joy Ride 2 slipped right past me, and it’s been years since I saw Joy Ride, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this one. I ended up being pleasantly surprised though with this blacktop slasher. While the abundance of gore and campy humor kept me thoroughly entertained throughout, the story is where this film lacks. While the street race theme was interesting, and the film does show some nice chase scenes, the remainder of the film is a slasher-by-numbers picture. You pretty much expect what happens and when, however that doesn’t entirely keep some of the big scenes from being exciting.
The Blu-ray itself comes bundled with special artwork which is a nice thought but almost useless. Upon tearing the packaging open and attempting to remove the artwork card, it is stuck to the front cover with adhesive that one needs to be extra careful to remove in order to salvage any of the artwork. Next, the card itself does fit inside the Blu-ray case, but the top tab sticks out of the protected sleeve, so it’s bound to wear and tear while on the shelf. The quality of this DVD/Blu-ray combo is top notch though, as the release comes with many special features and the film itself looks great.
Overall Joy Ride 3 is about what you would expect for a straight-to-video slasher sequel, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be a good time for horror fans. It has all the goods: good gore, intense car chases, and some humor.