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Rest Stop (Unrated Edition) (2006)

A movie directed by John Shiban

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  • Aug 3, 2010


I had high hopes for this film going into it when I first watched it, it was being compared to "WOLF CREEK" [a film I liked] so I thought that this would be just as good if not better. Unfortunately this film did not live up to that expectation, maybe it is my fault for believing the hype. This film turned out to be just ok which is a disappointment, but it does still have some good qualities about it. I think if I would have gone into this with out expectations it might have been a little better, who am I kidding it would have been the same. Reason being is that with or with out the expectations the lead actress would still have annoyed me, so maybe I would have felt the same way.

The story is all about a young couple just getting away from every thing in life and trying start a new one, guess they get more then they wanted. The film picks up nicely once they get to the [you guessed it] rest stop and one of them goes missing, the girlfriend is left to fend for her self as a killer plays with her the whole night. The film at this point goes from a serial killer flick into a ghost film into a torture film and back again, it makes more sense [maybe not] when you watch it. That is basically the story, how long can she take being played by this guy out to kill her like he did her man.

Jaimie Alexander stars in this film and man I wish she did not, her performance is absolutely annoying, at least to me. The thing that annoys me the most is that I know she can do much better and you can tell while watching this that the potential was there. She ends up failing in this film though with a very shaky and down right annoying performance, I just don't believe her in this role. She is absolutely out shined by every other person on this flick. Deanna Russo plays her part masterfully and really should have been the lead in this film, her performance is hauntingly good and very creepy. Joey Mendicino as Jaimie's boyfriend does a good job for the time that he is on screen, and all the actors that played the creepy RV family are brilliant. Another great and very believable performance comes from Joseph Lawrence as the police officer who gets trapped with Jaimie's character. If it were not for those individuals this film would have been really hurt by the lead actress.

Writer/Director John Shiban obviously was trying to make a good movie and you can tell he really put is all into this, every thing is fine on his end. The writing for this film was good especially for this type of film and the direction and pacing was good as well, I think that the creepiness of the bathroom scenes though is what makes this film stand out above a bad lead. There are some good gory scenes as well and the RV family provides one of the best parts of the film. There are some things that don't make any sense but you can check that out for your self.

It is up to you to judge this film how you see fit but personally I say that the lead actress almost ruins the entire movie. I would say that this is a rental and then see how you feel from there, I think for the most part it is good.

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October 04, 2010
It's always best to expect as little as possible from any film then you're more likely to be pleasantly surprised than sadly disappointed.
August 03, 2010
I liked this one the first time I saw it on dvd, then the movie started to wear thin the more I see it sci-fi or HBO. I do somewhat agree with you about the lead, but she is pretty hot LOL! nice review!
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review by . January 13, 2009
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Pros: relatively short film     Cons: script, acting, everything     The Bottom Line:   “Just three miles from the rest stop  And my mouth's too dry to rage”  ~Matchbox 20     Today’s trip into madness is Rest Stop. It was written and directed by John Shiban, receiving no awards for his efforts. It carries an R rating for violence, gore, language, and sexuality. Sounds like a perfect recipe …
review by . January 02, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
How could you fill 90 minutes of video about a rest stop? Well they have. The acting in this movie is almost as bad as the acting in Blood Rayne (2005); I still can't believe how bad the acting was/is/always will be. Jaimie Alexander (Nicole) must have paid someone off to land her role in this film as her acting talent is terrible, at least in this movie. I can see that Jaimie tried her hardest in the film as she and her boyfriend decide to run away to the bright lights and the big city. As you …
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Considering thatRest Stopcomes courtesy director John Shiban, anX-FilesandStar Trekstaff writer, one would expect this horror film to contain a kernel of originality, but unfortunately it is a poor conflation ofWolf Creek,Joyride, andTexas Chainsaw Massacre, among others. Nicole Carrow (Jaimie Alexander) and Jess Hilts (Joey Mendocino) are young, hopeful actors taking a road trip to Hollywood, though neither reaches their final destination. A psychotic pick-up truck driver dominates the rest stop they pull off at, often maiming his victims by hitting them with his truck, then dragging them off onto a school bus where he tortures them with drills, pincers, saws, branding irons, knives, and other tools. Jess disappears early in the film, leaving Nicole to fend for herself, often by locking herself in the dingy rest stop restroom, or by running to avoid being hit by the truck. After her attempt to call a sheriff ends in the sheriff's death, Nicole's prospects for survival dim. Graphic scenes are indeed horribly disgusting, but the torture methods are so clichéd that one wishes for more psychology behind the killer's methods to actually scare. A random scene in which Nicole hitches a ride in a motorhome with some Bible-thumping freaks further pushes the film into clichéd territory. SinceRest Stopfails to fully develop the killer or the victims' characters, it is difficult to empathize with them. Even Nicole, rendered powerless from the outset, lacks ...
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Director: John Shiban
Release Date: 2006
Screen Writer: John Shiban
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
Runtime: 80 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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