On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating 74% based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 6.61/10. The website's critics consensus states: "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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 75 out of 100 based on 31 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.
Roadkill was released on DVD by RHI Entertainment on August 30, 2011. It was later released by Gaiam International on September 18, 2012, as a part of its three-disk Maneater Series movie pack. It was last released by Sonar Entertainment on March 10, 2015, as a part of its two-disk "Fright Night Collection"
The Road Train is a black Freightliner FLC Truck with tall exhaust stacks, a Roo Bar, and the words Road Train on the front bumper. It hauls two massive trailers with the first one having an abattoir inside. The second trailer has an even darker secret that can't be seen but can cause people to hallucinate. The interior inside is all red indicating it's one mean evil rig. It's drivers were two unkown men which the crazed one killed the second driver then being commaded by 4 teens then a couple at the end of the movie. Inside the first trailer is an abattoir where human remains are ground up into red fluid that fuels the truck. For a truck to run on human remains instead of Diesel Fuel, this makes the Road Train more sinister since it also has the ability to drive on it's own with the help of a radio that plays music which causes people to fall asleep while the truck does the driving. The one characteristic about the truck is it's Cerberus Emblem on the hood. It's like the 3 headed version of the Mack Bulldog but with the legendary 3 headed dog, Cerberus. Anyone who stares at the emblem will be tormented by visions of the 3 headed hellhound.
He is seen dumping roadkill into a pit at the gang's campsite, leading him to giving Carly and Wade a ride to the next town. Lester is not seen again until the end of the film where he is seen sitting in the back of his truck waving with the Sinclair family Dog to Nick and Carly.
It is unknown if he assisted his brothers off-screen or not, but it can be safely assumed from scenes he is in that he may have helped. Mostly indicated by the wax/prosthetic hand found in the pit of roadkill. He may be innocent, though, the story behind him is not explained in great detail. It is possible that he may have worked to keep the highway near Ambrose clean, making it more personable to any visitors.
Bruce McDonald's debut feature is a rock 'n' roll road movie that concerns the adventures of a Toronto rock promoter's assistant, Ramona (Valerie Buhagiar), sent to track down a band called the Children of Paradise that has gone missing in northern Ontario. Ramona doesn't drive so she recruits a pot-smoking cab driver (Larry Hudson) to take her the full 400+ km across the province.Along the way, they meet a film director (Bruce McDonald) with big dreams whose film's subject matter is dead animals on the highway, and an aspiring serial killer who just doesn't know how to get started (Don McKellar). Ramona may find the band in the end, but ultimately what she discovers about herself is far more important!
At this point, four movies into a reimagining that started in 2007, there's no need to deviate from the lazy but lucrative formula. There's a completely contrived conflict, caused by the ineptitude of the protagonists (check), a bad guy who acts without logic in service of the plot (check), a chipmunk version of "Baby Got Back" (check) ...
You cling to the small victories with a movie like this. In truth, "The Road Chip" is only the second-worst "Alvin" sequel. (I've reviewed them all. It goes, from best to worst: 1. First "Alvin" movie; 2. "Chipwrecked"; 3. "The Road Chip"; and 4. "The Squeakquel." God, I hated that film. The "Highlander 2" of Chipmunk movies.)
Roadkill is a fine example of how a derivative B-movie premise, given the right director, a splendid cast and screenwriters who really know what they're doing, can deliver enough thrills to freak out any audience.
Over the rest of this roller-coaster of a movie, we - and they - learn a harsh lesson: never mess with a trucker, especially a trucker who's an implacable, inventive psychopath with a nasty sense of humour.
His truck becomes as nightmarish a presence as the lorry in Steven Spielberg's Duel. Film buffs may also be reminded pleasurably of Rutger Hauer in the cult movie The Hitcher, and the much more recent Jeepers Creepers.
Roadkill - formerly known as Joy Ride in the States, an almost unique example of a movie that is very good despite changing its name in mid-Atlantic - is among the outstanding thrillers of the past five years.
Millie and Danielle, a film expert and a film enthusiast, program a double-feature of their favorite movies with a different wild theme every week. Join these friends as they dissect the films and explore the weird ways we respond to and learn to love movies.
This week, Millie and Danielle discuss REMEMBER MY NAME (1978) and SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (1991), the normalcy of roadkill, the lack of HIPAA compliance in SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, and the hilarity of someone getting kicked in the vagina. 2b1af7f3a8