• Publication date: April 5, 2010

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Joy Ride focuses on Lewis Thomas, a young man who decides to go ...

Joy Ride focuses on Lewis Thomas, a young man who decides to go cross-country to pick up his high school sweetheart, Venna Wilcox, from college. On his way there, he bails his brother, Fuller Thomas, out of jail. Fuller, looking for a good time, decides to ride with Lewis to pick up Venna. During their trip to pick up Venna, Fuller coaxes Lewis into playing a cruel joke, pretending to be a woman with the name Candy Cane, through their CB radio, on a truck driver, known only as 'Rusty Nail'. When the joke takes a deadly turn, Lewis, Venna and Fuller find themselves being relentlessly stalked by the psychotic truck driver who is looking for more than an apology. Rusty Nail continues to stalk and taunt the three, and at one point kidnaps Venna's friend, holding her hostage, before kidnapping Venna herself in a cornfield. Rusty Nail sets up a meeting for Fuller and Lewis at a hotel, where he has set a trap that will kill Venna if either of them open the door. Fuller attempts to save Venna, but is injured by Rusty Nail, who gets to him before he can help. Lewis saves Fuller, and the brothers save Venna just in time before Rusty Nail crashes his truck into the hotel room. Meanwhile, the police have shown up, and they investigate Rusty Nail's truck, seeing a dead body in the driver's seat. Thinking that Rusty Nail is dead, the three huddle around an ambulance and get treated for their injuries. A CB in the ambulance is on and they hear a man that sounds like Rusty Nail…is he dead or not? Joy Ride was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Action /Adventure / Thriller film in 2002. The film was rated R for violence/terror and language.