Tuesday, June 17, 2014

REVIEW: JOYRIDE 3 - Roadkill Out Today - Have You Ever Fantasized About Being Road Pizza?

The Joyride series reminds me quite a bit of Wolf Creek. Strange redneck equivalent guy drives a truck on the open road of their respective country, stumbles upon some unsuspecting victims and then proceeds to have some funny with them using their innards as play things. Both Rusty Nail and Mick Taylor have a moral code and a level of unbridled brutality and ingenuity that seems to afford a horror movie with plenty of kill by number moments and ultimately a fun ride. I loved this year’s Wolf Creek sequel, and I had a great time with Joyride 3, mostly for the same reason. They’re funny. They’re gruesome. They pay respects to older slasher fare without being obvious and they feature lovable bad guys. Joyride 3: Roadkill is out today from Fox, and the best part is you don’t need to see the other entries in this series to enjoy it.

Synopsis from Fox: 

Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain, slams terror into overdrive in this all-new UNRATED chapter of Joy Ride! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes road rage to an all new level with JOY RIDE 3: ROAD KILL, arriving on Digital HD June 3 and on Blu-ray & DVD June 17. This third hellish installment in the bloody series finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.

The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!

So while Joyride 3 has some creative kills you can’t expect it to reinvent the wheel. It’s a guy riding around in a big rig offing people using the “tools of the road”. That will include the truck, tools, things you might find in a garage. This isn’t a whodunit or other intellectual journey into the mind of a psychopath. You simply wait for the action to happen on screen and clap when appropriate after occasionally having your stomach turned by some juicy, gushy gore sequences. It’s over the top. That’s why you watch it. If you don’t like flesh hunks flying from underneath a Peterbuilt then this won’t be the movie that makes you roast a steak on the grill to enjoy while watching the movie. The key audience will respect and be entertained by a character they have become familiar with and maybe even get a few one liners under their belt.

Your cast plays to their stereotypes well. Again, nothing groundbreaking here so don’t be surprised to find victims that are easy to kill, fall into traps with ease and fail to save the day almost as much as they fail to keep their clothes on (though not in this movie sadly). Still, it is important to note that this movie opens with a pretty rad sex scenes between a couple o’ meth heads. Pretty raunchy for the first few moments of a movie though not wholly unwelcome either. These two provide some pretty solid comic relief from the blood fest that is about to ensue. The casting is appropriate though I would say no breakout performances.

The Blu-ray comes with a nice helping of extras including Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joyride 3, Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s Die-Aries, Finding Large Marge and an audio commentary track. It’s a new release with good production so the quality of the picture is awesome.

The sequels of some of the newer horror franchises can go either way. Wrong Turn has its hits and misses. Saw too. I didn’t know what to expect out of this release, but it delivered in the main points of gratuity while remaining entertaining. There are moments in Joyride 3 that actually get to me. These were creative kills that include ample amount of perfectly fake-ish blood too so it must be the excessive screaming that did it. Is Rusty Nail the Jigsaw of the road? Might not be a bad title.

Order Joyride 3: Roadkill now. 
Available today. Unrated for your pleasure.

Full details:

Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the JOY RIDE 3: ROAD KILL Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content and a gruesome unrated version of the film.

JOY RIDE 3 Blu-ray and DVD Special Features
● Pre-Vis Sequences
● Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3
● Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s DIE-aries
● Finding Large Marge
● Audio Commentary

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