After 2001s surprise hit Joy Ride starring the late Paul Walker and Steve Zahn surprised audiences with its new take on the horror/thriller it was only a matter of time before Rusty Nail returned. Such was the case with 2008s follow up Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, but that wasn’t the last fans would see of Rusty Nail. Now he is back on the road with the latest installment of the series with Joy Ride 3: Roadkill, but does it have the power behind the wheel to bring the pain or will it run out of gas before it ever gets the chance to accelerate?
Joy Ride 3: Roadkill follows a group of hotheaded street racers on their way to the Road Rally 1000. As they drive through a desolate shortcut on the way to the race, an encounter with Rusty turns sour and soon he is tracking, teasing and torturing them until the end of the road. When the film opens it kicks things right into high gear and looks as though it is jumping right back into its normal path with everything you expect from this franchise. While the acting isn’t all that great it kicks things off great, but then gets to the main cast and loses a bit of its steam for a while. The main cast all play the stereotypical annoying characters in all horror films, but never step off the line of being likeable or hated so its hard to care what happens to them one way or another. The story is simple, but unlike the previous entries doesn’t really offer up a good reason for Rusty to go on his rampage instead he is just a crazy person and it made it lose some of its charm. They do a clever job of showing him constantly through the film while keeping his face from ever fully getting a clear shot, but should have downplayed him even more as it would have made him way creepier. Thankfully when they get to the meat of the killing it pulls no punches and delivers on the gore. These kinds of movies you kind of expect a level of cheese and a lot can be forgiven when you bring the blood soaked fury and they definitely let the blood spew by the gallons.
This is far from a great sequel, but thanks to some really fun kills and the over the top blood letting it is likely to entertain the hardcore fans of the genre. Everyone pretty much knows what to expect from this sort of film so just go in and let the blood soaked highway do its thing and have some fun. Besides the film this Blu-ray also features commentary, numerous featurettes and more.