Synopsis: A group of hotheaded street racers are on their way to the Road Rally 1000. As they drive through a desolate shortcut on the way to the race a man starts tracking, teasing, and torturing them until the end of the road.
Halfway through October the days are rapidly getting more and more shorter the nights are seeing the mercury drop to near freezing and this afternoon while outside I saw the first snowflake floating through the air. Around this time of year I always find myself wishing I could push the sun back up into the middle of the sky and have that one elusive last day of summer. Rather than torment myself counting down the days until the next June’s solstice I’ll instead put on my game face and close out the third film in the Joy Ride series. Hmm could this be a possible turning point for these unwanted sequels? Maybe the department heads over at 20th Century Fox Home Video decided there’s no point in trying anymore we’re calling this Joyride 3 – Roadkill since consumers will see the artwork and immediately think – ‘Yep, can’t get any lower than that!’ Besides at this point in a trilogy let’s be honest it’s not like there’s anymore dignity to be lost.
You know what separates a cringe inducing bad movie from the watchable (bordering on almost passable) bad movie? When there’s the levity of producing something that endorses the audience to have fun without deliberately forcing its way forward. The first 15 minutes of Roadkill is far more interesting than all of Joyride 2 – Dead Ahead combined. A couple of drug addicts looking for a fix accidentally make contact with Rusty Nail who offers them some meth providing they ride a completely different high. Plus unlike Dead Ahead with Roadkill the pop culture references this time around result in some genuinely laugh out loud moments. Seriously I don’t know why it took three films to get finally get a Large Marge and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure mention as it wasn’t something that I was deliberately expecting (the humor in this series, up until now, has been about as funny as finding enjoyment in finger nails scraping across a chalk board). Over the course of the last three days Joy Ride 1, 2, and 3 have been quite the challenge to sit through and for those of you who are curious to give these a try I’ll advise you to stick with the first one. If, however, you’re still going to venture down the road a little further skip part two altogether and add Roadkill to the watch list instead. With zero suspense sometimes a couple well written one liners mixed in with several buckets of red corn syrup can still work effectively.
Final Grade: C