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, who starts chasing them.
This film has examples of:
- Asshole Victim: The main group in the movie (they did break into Rusty Nail's house, trash it some and stole his car after all). The survivors were the ones who were annoyed about Nik breaking the window and hesitant about stealing the car.
- 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.
- Deadly Game: Nik and Bobby play Craps on Rusty's terms.You can imagine what the stakes were.
- 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).
- Evil Sounds Deep: Double up for Rusty, as he is know played by Mark Gibbon.
- Final Girl: Melissa, but her fiancé Bobby survives too.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Slashers Prefer Blondes: Averted as the blonde girl Melissa is the film's Final Girl.