BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Three young people take a cross-country trip home from college, lightening the trip by playing around on a CB radio. Seemingly harmless at first, one of them disguises his voice as a woman’s under the name of “Candy Cane” and lures trucker “Rusty Nail” to a nearby hotel. Staying in the hotel room next door, they listen through the walls for Rusty Nail’s arrival, shortly followed by an altercation, to find out in the morning that their neighbouring tenant was brutally murdered. Now, they’ve got an angry psycho-killer on their trail.
WHO’S IN IT: Paul Walker, Steve Zahn and Leelee Sobieski.
WHEN IT CAME OUT: 2001
HOW COME YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF (OR JUST SEEN) IT: It’s a very basic film and not an easy sell. In the simplest of terms, the entire movie is a car chase, without much depth and no fancy effects. While the film was critically acclaimed, it wasn’t so hot at the box office. It didn’t do anything significant for the genre or for film at all, so it didn’t really have any lasting power either.
WHY YOU NEED TO WATCH IT IMMEDIATELY:
- It’s genuinely suspenseful and chilling. You aren’t sure what’s coming when and it’s got a hint of creepiness throughout.
- It’s written by J.J. Abrams, y’know, that guy behind those little projects Star Trek, Lost, Super 8, Alias, Armageddon and such.
- It’s well-paced, with a mix of high-speed chases and moments of slow, burning tension.
- Steve Zahn has one of the BEST scared faces of all time. OF ALL TIME. (Watch the trailer below and see for yourself. Better yet, just watch the movie, if only for his expressions.)
- There’s not much to it, and sometimes that’s what you need. It’s a simple, well-written thriller that doesn’t come across as cheap or cheesy.