YMMV: Joy Ride

  • First Installment Wins: The first one is good, the two DTV sequels are average.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Ted Levine, who was uncredited in the movie for some reason.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Jim Beaver shows up briefly as a cantankerous deputy who is frustrated by the extra work created for him by two young punks driving around in an old car.
  • Sequelitis: A minor example. The first installment is universally seen as superior, but the sequels still have their fans and are considered moderately above-average popcorn slasher flicks.
  • Shocking Swerve: The first movie's twist ending practically mandates that you pretend Charlotte isn't in the truck, because she doesn't have on a blindfold and had to have seen the entire ruse being set up. And the second movie's final scene also mandates you believing that Rusty Nail jumped out of his truck as it was careening out the side of a cliff and somehow managed to sneak past the two heroes, in a part of desert with absolutely no way to cover yourself.
    • The most unbelievable one comes in the third film, when Rusty's truck is shoved into a car crusher with him inside, and it seems that he is finally killed. However, the next morning, police officers find only the truck in the crusher without a sign of Rusty's body. The issues with this are myriad: the camera showed Rusty struggling in the truck moments before it was firmly compacted inside, the main character was watching the only side of the truck he could logically have exited through, Rusty was hit by a car moments before and presumably wounded, the finishing blow (the crane's claw being dropped onto the raised section of the truck and smashing it to splinters) visibly happened before Rusty could escape, and both surviving protagonists clearly spent the rest of the night in front of the junkyard's single viable entrance with the cops canvasing the area shortly thereafter. Perhaps most unbelievably of all, the final scene shows Rusty walking calmly along the road, bearing no sign of even the most minor injury - not even a limp from being struck and flipped by a speeding car.
  • Villain Sue: Rusty Nail becomes this by the end of the third film. Despite never showing signs of being anything other than a normal human being, he demonstrates almost omnipotent hyper-competence in every venture he takes on and manages three escapes that push Made of Iron and Never Found the Body beyond their logical peaks. No matter how hard the heroes try and how thoroughly they appear to outwit him, the most they can do is temporarily inconvenience him until he finds a new truck. He's become the human equivalent of the Tall Man.