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  • Complete Monster: Bob Wolverton is an obvious stand-in for The Big Bad Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. A sadistic murderer and ephebophile known as the "I-5 Killer", Bob abducts troubled young girls off the freeway and, after gaining their trust, proceeds to rape and murder them. Kidnapping his latest target, Vanessa, Bob taunts her about her sexual abuse she received from her stepfather, before being shot by her, leading to his disfigurement. Seeking revenge, Bob drives to Vanessa's grandmother's trailer, where he proceeds to kill her. When Vanessa arrives, Bob immediately tries to gun her down, shooting a bystander in the process when he walks in on the scene. When asked why he kills, Bob justifies himself by claiming that his victims are garbage, showing a total Lack of Empathy or remorse for his actions.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: "My dick may not function but I have not lost my smile!" This sums Michael T Weisse's entire performance. He's a scumbag pedophile drug addict who regularly molests Vanessa his stepdaughter But he's so DAMN ENTERTAINING TO WATCH
  • Cult Classic: Freeway became a cult classic over a decade the film came out.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The gritty nature can make people uncomfortable since most of the characters are unreliable.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Mesquita.
  • First Installment Wins: Highly preferred over the direct-to video sequel.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
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    • Both Reese Witherspoon and Brittany Murphy collaborated in two episodes of King of the Hill. Also, Vanessa was known as Pooh Bear. Both Witherspoon and Alanna Ubach collaborated on Legally Blonde and its sequel.
    • In an interesting case, in Monsters vs. Aliens, both Witherspoon and Sutherland's accents were switched.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Vanessa. Sure, she curses to an insane level and she's rude to everyone she meets, even liking to provoke people by calling them ethnic slurs, but she's lived a horribly screwed up life. It almost excuses her actions throughout the film.
    • It doesn't excuse her actions, however it does explain why she acts the way she does.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Retroactively, many fans of Reese Witherspoon's acting wanted to see this movie.
  • Les Yay: In the sequel, Cyclona continuously hits on Crystal, much to her annoyance. They later have a drug/alcohol/depression fueled sexual encounter.
  • Memetic Molester: Both In-Universe.
    • Bob Wolverton.
    • Larry.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Ever since the release of equally intense films such as Fight Club and Logan, the cast and the crew even forgot that they did Freeway.
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  • She Really Can Act: Those who only know Reese Witherspoon for Legally Blonde and her other romantic comedies were in for a surprise watching her here.
  • Tear Jerker: Chopper's death, and Vanessa's subsequent reaction to it.
  • True Art Is Angsty


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