Joy Ride


Joy Ride

Critics Consensus

A well-constructed B-movie thriller, Joy Ride keeps up the necessary level of tension and chills. Critics also liked Zahn's performance as the goofball older brother.



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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." ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Steve Zahn
as Fuller
Jessica Bowman
as Charlotte
Brian Leckner
as Off. Keeney
Kenneth White
as Ronald Ellinghouse
Jim Beaver
as Sheriff Ritter
Ted Levine
as Rusty Nail
Stuart Stone
as Danny, Lewis's Roommate
Basil Wallace
as Car Salesman
Mary Wickliffe
as Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
McKenzie Satterthwaite
as Asst. Salt Lake City Police Desk Clerk
Dell Yount
as Gas Station Mechanic
Jose Luis Cortes
as Night Manager
Michael McCleery
as Officer Akins
Rachel Singer
as Gas Station Manager
Satch Huizenga
as Ice Truck Man
Terry Leonard
as Bartender
James McDonald
as Local in Nebraska Bar
Gwenda Deacon
as Truck Stop Waitress
Robert Winley
as Truck Stop Manager
Ali Gage
as Waitress
Jack Moore
as Hotwire Consultant
Hugh Dane
as Man at Door
Lee Stepp
as Traveling Salesman
Huey Redwine
as Policeman No. 1
John Maynard
as Policeman No. 2
Peter Weireter
as Policeman No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Joy Ride

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Audience Reviews for Joy Ride

  • Oct 07, 2012
    Like a bigger, dumber version of Spielberg's "Duel" with excellent production values.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2012
    Surprisingly interesting, quite similar to duel, but also like The Hitchhiker. It's suspenseful but with fun elements at the same time. Can't say that it's a great movie, but certainly enjoyable when I was younger.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2012
    When it come to the horror genre the most likely victims are annoying teenagers and often we want to see these characters get killed. That wasn't the case with this movie, though lacking in scares, it deliver some entertainment. Joy Ride is about three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey who talk to a trucker on their CB radio, then must escape when he turns out to be a psychotic killer. Now clearly the movie doesn't do a good job of providing any scares as the truck driver is never menacing and the atmosphere really doesn't work in this movie. Though it will disappoint horror fans for it lacks of scares, at least the story is actually good and not too over the top like other horror movies. We actually want these teenagers to live and they never come out as annoying which is a welcome from the cliche characters we're tire of seeing. It's certainly better than most of the horror movies with teenagers as the main character, but it's nothing special and the fact that it has no scares is a letdown. Now when it come to horror movie the cast is usually what sells it for me, the cast does a good job. Though I am disappointed that not one of them offer anything memorable and the killer truck driver never comes out terrifying. Now while on the topic of characters, I will say we do get to learn quite allot about them. It what helps separates this movie because they're not constantly craving drugs and sex which is honestly the only kind of characters like Jason ever kills and I had enough of that to be honest. Joy Ride fails to provide any scares, but it's characters and story redeems it from being a disaster. While no the ideal horror and certainly not for everyone, it's definitely worth a watch.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Great tongue-in-cheek entertainment. Thrilling and fast-paced.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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