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Joy Ride 3 is a 2014 American thriller horror film. The film was written and directed by Declan O'Brien and released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It is a direct-to-video sequel to the 2008 film Joy Ride 2: Dead Ahead and the third installment of the Joy Ride series.

This film provides examples of:

  • 555: Rusty's cellphone number is a 555 number.
  • Beard of Evil: Rusty, when we finally see his face in the series, sports a fairly impressive beard.
  • Berserk Button: In every single film, Rusty kills those who have wronged him in some way. It could be anything from a cruel prank to insulting those who work in his profession. He does not kill anyone otherwise.
  • Big Bad: Rusty Nail.
  • Call-Back: In the pre-opening credits of the movie, one of the meth heads uses "Candy" as her CB handle prompting Rusty to respond that he knew a Candy Cane once.
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  • Cool Car: The racing team's heavily customized Subaru Impreza.
  • Darker and Edgier: In the first film, Rusty only kills about two people to throw the police off of his trail and the main group of teens who tricked him is left intact; this suggests that his primary goal was to teach the group a lesson. In this film and the one before it he just kills left and right.
  • Decoy Protagonist: To an extent. While Jordan is clearly The Hero of the movie, Jewel, his girlfriend, is set up to be the co-lead and Final Girl. She's the biggest name of the teen cast, dating The Hero, and even taken hostage by Rusty with a large amount of emphasis placed on saving her life. She ends up dying while Alyssa, who comes off as a disposable supporting victim, survives the film instead.
  • Deadly Rotary Fan: Shows up when Rusty uses his truck's engine fan to dispatch one of his victims.
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  • Disproportionate Retribution: All of the film's protagonists harmed Rusty Nail in varying ways, but none of their wrongdoings warrant the gruesome deaths he deals out as punishment.
  • The Faceless: Averted for Rusty this time around. His face is seen within the first five minutes of the movie and is shown on multiple occasions thereafter.
  • Metallicar Syndrome: Averted. The racing team's customized Subaru Impreza is hard to miss.
  • Mugging the Monster: In the opening of third movie, two meth-heads think it is a good idea to lure a trucker to their hotel room so they can rob him. Unfortunately for them, said trucker is Rusty Nail.
  • Pun-Based Title
  • Schmuck Bait: Rusty forces two meth-heads who tried to rob him to ride on the front of his truck with their wrists chained to the drive axle. If they let go the chain will slacken, get caught in the U-joint and wrap around the axle, dragging them under the truck. Rusty promises them that if they can hold on for a mile he will not only let them go but give them a bag of meth which, he promptly tapes to the truck's windshield and if they try to grab it the chain will slacken. Three guesses what happens.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Said by Mickey to Jordan when he forces them to stop and gets out of the car. Unfortunately, he runs into Rusty while walking down the road.
  • Serial Killer: Rusty Nail, by the events of this film, which has him pick up and kill a prostitute in the opening, and he is implied to have killed a female hitchhiker in the epilogue.
  • Shortcuts Make Long Delays: Barry warned the group not to take highway 17, but because they believed it would get them to their destination quicker, they ignored the warning.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Played straight as two blonde girls - Candy and Jewel - are killed.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: How does Rusty kill Jewel? He straps her to the top of his truck and rams it into the bridge.


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