After forays into film noir, thrillers, dramas, and even documentaries, director John Dahl tries the teen horror genre on for size. Paul Walker stars as Lewis Thomas, a college freshman embarking on a cross-country road trip during summer break to pick up his girlfriend Venna (Leelee Sobieski). Along for the ride is Lewis' brother Fuller (Steve Zahn), a practical joker who uses the car's CB radio to play a cruel prank on a lonely trucker known only by the handle Rusty Nail. The victim of Fuller's gag turns out to be a psychotic murderer and soon the brothers are being pursued by the relentless stalker, who gets his revenge in gruesome fashion. Joy Ride, which co-stars Matthew Kimbrough, was produced under the working title "Squelch."
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Horror
- Run Time: 96min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 10/05/2001
- DVD Release Date: 03/12/2002
- Distributor(s): Fox
- Themes: Nightmare Vacations,Out For Revenge,Stalkers
- Tone: Chilly,Creepy,Eerie,Humorous,Menacing,Paranoid,Tense
brother, cat-and-mouse, cross-country, humiliation, prank, revenge, road-trip, truck-stop, truckdriver
- Country of Origin: USA (10-05-2001)
- Language: English