REST STOP is a movie that will get an "Not Bad' or "OK, but what I have seen a lot better" from veteran horror film watchers. Occasional viewers of the genre will enjoy it.....
This flick is part the latest 2000 trend of dirty (not in a sexual way) horror film. Everything looks filthy and rotten. It kind of sets the mood in this Gorey atmospheric thriller.
This Serial killer film picked ideas from several movies. It reminded me of "The Duel". "Jeepers Creepers". "The Sadist", "Saw" and some others. It is very episodic. The plot is simple : "A young woman is trapped inside a deserted REST STOP and is violently harassed by a sadistic maniac driving a yellow pick-up truck". The producers are trying hard to create another trendy horror film character. The "Pick-up driver" idea is not bad, but it goes nowhere as it is not develop fast enough. The main actress carries the movie on her shoulders and, to my opinion, is doing a fine job delivering her narrow role. Unfortunatly, challengers to the Scream Queen title are numerous and this role will not get her more points than the average score. The is some gore, but not a lot. It is well used and cranks the tension up a few notches. A little ghost story kicks in, but it is discarded too early. There could have been a lot mileage to get from it.
Look for this one as part of a boxset. On it's own it is very generic, but it will add good value to a double or triple feature.