For those of us who have seen the commercials for Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead, we already know there’s one sweet terror hottie who’s going to get at least half naked in this sucker. What we don’t know yet is why this thing actually exists.
Well, I suppose we do know. A magnificent terror hottie presence in the form of Nicki Aycox and Laura Jordan, among others, is definitely a plus in this movie’s favor, but chances are good that our old boy Rusty Nail is back for more violent chicanery because somebody wanted to cash in.
It seems to be a growing trend that mediocre horror releases are getting the direct to video treatment, being turned into trilogies or more. Wishmaster, Urban Legend, Wrong Turn, and now Joy Ride are just part of a steadily growing slate. I can’t say I’m unhappy about this—there’s nothing inherently wrong with making decent movies in the same vein as earlier titles—but I’m uneasy about the prospect of studios regarding these as “easy-money” titles churned out on the strength of a name.