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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 the personality to entertain through this full-length feature in which so little happens besides hunt-kill, hunt-kill.--Trinie Dalton
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CastDiane Salinger, Curtis Taylor, Jaimie Alexander, Joey Mendicino, Deanna Russo
DirectorJohn Shiban
Release Date:  2006
Screen WriterJohn Shiban
DVD Release Date:  October 17, 2006
Runtime:  80 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . August 03, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      REST STOP      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 …
review by . January 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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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