young man named Lewis Thomas (Paul
Walker) goes on a road trip to pick up
his girlfriend Venna Wilcox (Leelee
Sobieski) from college.
On his way there he bails his brother
Fuller (Steve Zahn) out of jail. Fuller
still wants to act like a wild child and
decides to go along for the car ride.
Before they pick up Venna, Fuller decides
to play what he calls a harmless prank on
Lewis' CB radio as he is talking to a
truck driver named Rusty Nail (voiced by
Ted Levine) making out that he is a sexy
woman named Candy Cane.
After they pick up Venna they stay at a
hotel and Fuller continues to talk to
Rusty Nail as they try to get even to a
grumpy resident at the hotel telling
Rusty to come over to his room for fun.
Rusty does just that but then things turn
serious as Rusty nearly kills the man by
breaking open his jaw.
They are not off the hook that easily as
Rusty follows them wherever they go and
terrorises them half to death.
Oh yesssss. Full
of mystery and lots of scares too as you
will fear what if a driver does that to
you, terrorising you to pieces and won't
leave you alone.
The film teaches you a lesson on what can
happen if you pull off a prank to a
stranger. This film is a must for all
horror film buffs. It really psychs you
out when this Rusty Nail guy pressures
the two other guys on what to do in order
to save their friend who is kidnapped by
them which boggles you thinking to
yourself what could happen if you were in
their shoes. It's just really insane.
Also Rusty isn't fully revealed which
makes you wonder where he's from but
that's what makes a great horror film.
Think of Black Christmas.
There's tons of twists and turns in the
story with excellent stuntwork on the
truck attacking anything in it's way too.
At the end leaves a sequel open and it
was great that one happened leaving more
terror and excitement but not as good as
this one. Normally sequels aren't.
The acting is
great as everyone performs very
realistic. Steve Zahn was a
natural playing a free spirited young man
just bending the rules alot as he knew
how to act like a goofball showing lots
of great energy to his role in the film.
He had a ton of spunk.
Paul Walker really knew his stuff as
well playing the serious brother bringing
a good charm to his role and had the
perfect heartthrob appeal to him. He knew
how to really be forceful and aggressive
when it was necessary.
Leelee Sobieski has a nice easy
going type of attitude to her part in the
film showing a good healthy attitude as
well as really knowing how to try to keep
it together when the terrors are
Uncredited voice actor Ted Levine is
the best with his cold sounding voice and
sounds very threatening and deadly.
Jim Beaver had a small role as a
Sheriff in the film but he was worth
discussing in which he showed a great
redneck attitude by acting aggrerssive
and very stern bring every ounce of
energy to the big screen. He was a true
born character actor and had a good
aggressive look to him too.
Steve Zahn and
Paul Walker show off their butts
while they are forced to be naked while
walking into a diner.
A man's bottom jaw
is torn off.
A persons leg is stabbed through a metal
object on the ground.
John Dahl is
terrifically horrifying with his work on
this film which is a great compliment.
He can direct equally as many horror film
directors like Tobe Hooper delivering
frights and terrifying mysteries.
There's many great scene's between both Steve
Zahn and Paul Walker as
siblings driving in their vehicle
together with side shots on them. There's
also a great moment with Zahn
trying to urge on Walker to
imitate a voice of a female on a walkie
talkie as the scene was coached very well
with close up shots on Walker
doing the voice and then they end up
cracking up. All of this looked realistic
on some people having fun.
There's a good scene with bit part actor Kenneth
White acting aggressive towards
another bit part actor Luis Cortes
as a night hotel clerk as with a good
shot on Zahn entering and asking
for a room with White exploding
at him. All of this looked very well
There's many good shots with Walker
in his car making a prank on his walkie
talkie with a red hotel light reflecting
on their vehicle.
His best frightening direction on the
film is when both Zahn and Walker
are in their hotel room and listen next
door when they try to set up the Rusty
Nails character and they hear little
sounds with a good camera shot on both of
them listening to the wall with a picture
in the middle as the camera zooms in with
a flash of lightning occuring. There's
good expressions on the two of them
acting concerned and other events of them
calling the manger to see if everything
is okay. This scene really leaves a chill
down your spine.
There's many good shots between
supporting actor Brian Lecker as
an officer questioning both Zahn
and Walker about a deadly
incident at the hotel with nice moments
on him getting demanding towards the two
of them with both of them acting nervous
which was quite impressive.
There's a good slow motion shot on Zahn
and Walker approaching a window
with shocked expressions on what they
There's a good camera shot looking up on
supporting actor Jim Beaver as a
Sheriff getting obnoxious and aggressive
towards both Zahn and Walker
at what they did which shows great energy
surrounding all of them.
There's also great shocked reactions on
the two of them after the voice of Ted
Levine as Rusty telling them about
their broken taillight and looking behind
and sideways when they're driving to see
who's talking to them on the walkie
There's a nice moment with Zahn
and Walker freaking out while
trying to speed away and suddenly trapped
by a gate while speeding away from an ice
truck with a good shot on bit part actor
Huizenga as the driver
tapping on their window and the two
panicking like crazy.
There's a perfect dark camera shot on a
truck smashing through the ice truck with
Zahn and Walker scared
out of their wits and speeding away.
There's great shots on the car speeding
away in a forest area with the truck on
There's a nice shot on a car next to a
tree with a close up shot on the truck
slowly moving in and pushing the car up
next to the tree with both of them crying
in fear screaming and begging forgiveness
on the walkie talkie.
There's a good cringing moment with bit
part actors as rednecks in a bar trying
to come on strong towards Leelee
Sobieski and Walker trying to defend
her which looked good on him being scared
as the rest were getting ready to beat
him up. It leaves you a good impression
imaginging you were in that position and
trying to get out of it.
There's a good close up shot on Zahn
talking to Sobieski trying to
make a move on her at her hotel door.
There's a good shot on a phone ringing
with Walker sleeping and
struggling to pick up the phone with
suddenly him jumping up realising he's
being harrassed once again by Rusty Nail.
Then there's a nice shot on him running
out of his hotel room and coming into
another room where Zahn and Sobieski
are in with panick going on between
the two of them and Sobieski questioning
on what's going on. The directing was
really whipped into a frenzy during this
There's a nice moment with both Zahn
and Walker coming out of their
car stripped naked walking into a diner
with featured extra's as customers
looking disgusted which looked good.
There's also a good moment with Sobieski
trying to act calm talking on the
walkie talkie with tears streaming down
on her face.
We spot a nice misty shot on the three of
them out of their car near a cornfield
and the truck chasing after all of them
in a cornfield with good close up shots
on them trying to hide in certain area's
looking scared as well as a shot on the
truck stopping and using a light to look
There's a nice shot on Sobieski being
taped to a chair with shots on supporting
actor Matthew Kimborugh this
time playing the character of Rusty in
the darkness placing traps around her
which involves a shotgun as well as a
nice close up shot on the gun and the gun
looking up at her as she shows good
There's terrific energy with Zahn
and Walker panicking and going
to a certain hotel room and pounding on
the door of the room to try and find her.
Also the truck constantly chasing after
the three by smashing into anything
especially crashing their car into a tree
is absolutely marvellous.
composes his stuff perfectly for the
film by making his music sound
suspenseful with lots of powerful
classical violin and trombone playing.
Plus we hear some dark music too along
with many booming noises which makes the
film effective for the jumping scene's.
There's never a dull moment with this
He's watching us!
Do a woman's voice.
Nail: I was just playing.
Do you ever miss Mom and Dad?
Fuller: Yeah, I miss Mom's
chocolate chip cookies, playing football
with Dad on Sundays, going to... oh wait,
I must have mixed my child-hood with
someone else's I mean... no.
Nail: Candy Cane? Hey anybody know a
Lewis: Rusty Nail?
Truck Driver: Do you guys need help
back to the main road?
Fuller: No, we're okay, now that
we're not murdered or anything.
Venna: Have you guys named it yet?
Fuller: Not yet, but we were
thinking about "Tad" or
"Lewis's Shitty Newport".
I have never felt like more of a pussy in
my entire life.
installing the CB]
Fuller: This is like some kinda
I'VE GOT A GUN!
Ice Truck Driver: OH, YEAH, WELL,
I'VE GOT A MASTERCARD
I'm not going anywhere until somebody
tells me why I should be afraid of a
Nail: [on the phone] Ya know
what I really get a kick out of?
Pretending the person I'm talking to is
right next to me. Right next to me...
How afraid should I be?
Fuller: More than usual.
the CB radio]
Rusty Nail: You know, Black Sheep,
you really oughtta get that fixed.
Fuller: Get what fixed?
Rusty Nail: Your tail light.
Fuller: No. Listen, you sick fuck,
you pathetic, lonely, walkie-talkie,
freak show motherfucker. You're not
getting anything from me. Know why?
Because I have something that's more
powerful then your psychosis. It's called
a volume knob, and the only thing I have
to do to make you go away is to turn it
counterclockwise. You got that? You copy
Rusty Nail: You know, Black Sheep,
you really ought to get that fixed.
Fuller: Get what fixed?
Rusty Nail: Your taillight.
Paul Walker intentionally runs off the
Fuller: So, do you need me to
drive, er, you good?
[holding up his thumb and index finger]
I got a gun!
[talking into the CB radio] Howdy,
you got Black Sheep here with Mama's Boy.
Who we got? over.
Lewis: Can I please get a better
handle than Mama's Boy?
Alright no cops 'til Jamestown. Free to
speed like a mother fucker for like the
next 40 miles or so.
[Fuller and Lewis are driving] You
know, with the exception of the seat
spring piercing my ass, this ride's
I've got a plan.
Venna: What's your plan?
Lewis: Let's never go back there
Venna: Oh, I can't wait to never
go back there.
Do what I do. Just remind yourself that
in a hundred years you're gonna be dead.
It's the closest thing I've got to a
fuller has the cb radio installed]
Lewis: You put a hole in my car.
Come on, I know what Dad says about me
behind my back. That I'm the world's
biggest loser. And that's coming from a
plumber! That's coming from a man who
wears a lime green jumpsuit to work
Nail: Now they know what it feels
like... to be the butt-end of the joke.
Your palms sweating, your face burning
up. Now they know what it's like... to be
the fucking punch line.
You should call home every once in a
while. You know, when you don't need bail
Fuller: Yeah, but how often is