None of the spark that makes the first one so good, and none of the grittiness that makes the second one watchable. Just bad all over.
Why is Rusty Nail younger and hotter now?
The original Joy Ride is one of my favorite movies. Here's a thing I wrote about that once. www.gaylydreadful.com/blog/pride-2020-outside-of-laramie-joy-ride-2001-as-gay-panic-horror
This sequel is bad. There's little to no thematic complexity like the first one; instead it feels obligatory, like they HAD to use the parts from the first one rather than WANTED to.
Whereas the first one is about homophobia, this one is homophobic. Transphobic, even; Rusty Nail makes Kyle Schmid's character dress as a woman and walk through a trucker…
This is fun! Nothing phenomenal, but strong; once it's finally clear what's going on, the movie becomes an enjoyable battle of the sexes. Writer-star Jill Awbrey is a better writer than she is an actress, even in a part she wrote herself, but it's still cool to see that kind of double-duty work as well as it does here.
Plus, Coach Bolton! Gotta love that guy.
I love how this becomes a completely different movie very 20 minutes. Visceral, intense horror movie about a military bioweapon accidentally spreading insanity through a small town, focusing on Timothy Olyphant as the town sheriff trying to save his family and friends. The end is WILD. Loved it.