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The slashery sequel to Joy Ride, starring Nick Zano, released in 2008.

After their car breaks down on their way to Las Vegas, a group of people decide to "borrow" a car they find in a house in the middle of nowhere. Unfortunately, said car belongs to the deranged trucker Rusty Nail (now voiced by Mark Gibbon), who starts chasing them.

This film has examples of:

  • Action Girlfriend: Melissa, whose determination to save her fiancee is the main force of the story, and who takes on Rusty.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When they steal the finger from the mortuary, for a second it looks like the morgue attendant is onto them and is about to bust them, but really he's just telling them that they're in a reserved parking space.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Jolene the truck stop waitress.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The first movie was more of a psychological thriller with minimal bloodshed (Rusty only killed one guy and put another in the intensive care ward). This film and the one after it are more like slasher flicks that showcase Rusty using his truck to kill people in increasingly sadistic and creative ways.
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  • Cerebus Syndrome: For a while, the movie stays relatively true to the spirt of the first film, but then takes a long, long leap into Bloodier and Gorier starting after Rusty kidnaps Nik and kills Kayla.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The numbers and words written on the wall of Rusty's barn. which turn out to be rules for his craps "game".
  • Chekhov's Skill: Melisa is shown to be knowledgeable towards motorcycles in an early scene (due to having dated a biker in High School) and ends up using one to make it back to Rusty's for the climax.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kayla and Melissa are fairly close to each other, enjoy spending time with each other and prank Bobby in their first scene.
  • Daddy Issues: Implied, Nik is full of ugly things to say about trucker, and claims that his father used to be one.
  • Deadly Game: Nik and Bobby play Craps on Rusty's terms.You can imagine what the stakes were.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Nik just cannot go without making some smarmy comment. For instance, when Rusty directs them to a very rowdy, trucker Den of Iniquity with big big races;
    Nik: Not exactly my scene, but I respect their right to peaceful assembly.
  • Defiant to the End: After Rusty wrecks the kids' (his) vehicle in a car chase and is winding up to ram it and kill those inside, everybody gets out except for Kayla who is stuck. She tells the group to just leave and gives Rusty a big defiant roar and the finger as he smashes the car (and her) to flaming smithereens.
  • Distressed Dude: Bobby who is Rusty's prisoner and suffers a lot of torture at his hands.
  • Dragged into Drag: Nik. But this isn't a peppy fun activity so that he can pretend he's a woman for any of the hilarious reasons available. Rusty actually required this because of Nik's declaration that the only action a trucker could get was from a transvestite prostitute. He refuses at first, but Melissa promply takes a knife and Threatens him by pressing it to his throat.
  • Cool Car: Rusty's silver 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle in the second film (which is promptly stolen by the main characters).
    • Melissa and Kayla also have a nice, red '83 chevy that once belonged to their grandmother and that Kayla is protective of before it overheats.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Melissa and Kayla to the brothers from the first film, who also had Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling dynamic, with the responsible sibling being more reluctant to carry out the event which ended up getting Rusty after them.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Double up for Rusty, as he is know played by Mark Gibbon.
  • Final Girl: Melissa, but her fiancé Bobby survives too.
  • Fingore: Rusty demands that Kayla cut off her finger for flipping it at him. She is understandably reluctant to do this and tries to fool him with a dead persons fingers. It doesn't work, causing Bobby to lose a finger in retaliation.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kayla is the foolish subling to Melissa's responsible sibling, arranging to meet up with a guy she only knows online in the middle of a trip across the country.
  • Genre Savvy: Kayla telling Melissa that guys like Rusty won't just let them go and when he says he'll reunite them with Bobby he just means he's going to kill them all.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: The movie reveals that Rusty is a chain smoker, a trend continued in the third.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Rusty's tendency for this is discussed in a in-character mock interview for the film:
    Interviewer: Where do you find the motivation to hunt down these kids and torment them like you do?
    Rusty Nail: Where do I find the motivation to hunt down these kids and torment them like I do? Well, somebody stole your car and broke into your home and kicked your door down, messed where they shouldn't be messing, you might get angry too. I just get a little more angry than the average person and I don't let people get away with things that anger me.
  • Harmful to Hitchhikers: The opening and closing scenes of showcase that this is one of Rusty Nail's methods to obtain victims.
  • I Have Your Wife: Bobby spends a while a s a hostage of Rusty.
  • Jerkass: Nik is an incredibly unpleasant pesrson most of the time, and the one who broke into Rustys house and suggested taking the car in the first place. The driver who films Melissa's striptease for Rusty is also pretty crude and mean.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A bartender who a bit roughly tells Rusty that it's a members only bar does allow him to stay to get some more cigarettes, and also shows alarm and concern for Bobby after seeing him in the truck.
  • Hope Spot: Bobby wiggles from the back of the truck into the cab while Rusty is getting cigarettes, and manages to alert the bartender by flashing the lights, with the man trying to open the door to get him out. Then Rusty comes back...
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:Nik
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Rusty forces Melissa to put on a little "show" in front of what they think is his truck. It isn't, it belongs to another trucker who promptly records the entire thing and uploads it immediately.
  • It's All My Fault: Kayla yas something to this effect after Rusty kidnaps Bobby.
  • Justified Criminal: The main characters see themselves as this, only taking Rusty's car due to being stranded out in the desert and planning to return it, leaving their contact information as collateral. Rusty thinks otherwise.
  • Metallicar Syndrome: Averted, there aren't too many silver 71 Chevrolet Chevelles on the road and that makes it rather easy for Rusty to track the group.
  • Mugging the Monster: The main group break into a house after their car breaks down and end up stealing a beautifully restored classic muscle car from the barn. Said house and car belong to Rusty, who takes it about as well as you would expect.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Melissa has a pink shirt.
  • Serial Killer: Rusty Nail, by the events of this film. In the first movie his actions seemed to be solely because someone got him mad. This movie which has him pick up and brutally kill a prostitute in the opening with no provocation, and he is implied to have killed a female hitchhiker in the epilogue. The writing on the all of his barn shows that he also brings people back to his house to torture and kill on a regular basis.
  • Shameful Strip: Rusty blackmails Melissa into seductively stripping down to her underwear while he records it on video...only for her to discover the trucker she's stripping for isn't even him. Adding even more insult, the trucker who does record it immediately posts it online.
    Melissa: Please don't make me do this.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Zigzagged The blonde girl Melissa is the film's Final Girl, although Rusty repeatedly goes after her while calling her "Goldilocks." He also kill a blonde lot lizard, and possibly a blonde stranded motorist, and puts a blonde wig on Nik before finishing him off.
  • Stocking Filler: The prostitute killed at the beginning is wearing fishnet stockings.
  • Troll: Nik. He enjoys scaring or annoying people. Screaming for no reason after he first broken into the house, causing the others to bust in, trying to bet Bobby that he won't be able to insult the truckers at the diner enough to make one storm out, and trying to convince Melissa and Kayla to kiss each other.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Melissa turns into this, threatening Nik with a scalpel when he tries to bail out of a task Rusty demands and then attacking Rusty himself with a shovel.
    Melissa: I will do whatever it takes to save him. Because Bobby is worth it.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Bobby takes off his shirt as their walking in the hot desert.


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