Road trip movies are fairly common and often mundane, but there’s a subset within the genre that has a greater appeal to someone like me… and that’s road trips gone bad. I’m a sucker for terror on the asphalt films like The Hitcher (original), Joy Ride, and Duel. There’s something about being away from home and driving in an unfamiliar place with death right behind you. It’s harder to do in US films these days thanks to cell phones, GPS, and Stuckey’s, but none of those conveniences are a guarantee in the harsh outback of Australia. Which is where the latest horror on wheels film comes from… check out the trailer for Road Train.
I like the look of this one. It could easily have gone the route of a Wolf Creek/Roadgames mash-up, but director Dean Francis and writer Clive Hopkins have added a little something extra into their monster truck tale. Is the devil involved, and does he even have an HC Class license? Is the truck delivering damned souls to hell? If so, shouldn’t they have called the movie Soul Train? The synopsis from Road Train‘s official site is below, and even though a few of the descriptions seem to differ with the trailer it still sounds pretty cool.
Four young friends on a camping adventure in outback Australia are run off the road by an erratically driven road train – a massive three-trailer truck. With their own vehicle wrecked, and the road train stopped, the friends march off to remonstrate with the drivers. But mysteriously, there is no one to be found. Suddenly, the silence is broken by the sound of gunshots. A distant figure in the bush screams and runs towards them. Have they become witnesses to a murder? There’s no time to discuss it. The friends commandeer the road train. The next town is only three hours away. But the next town is somewhere they will never reach. And what they discover inside the vehicle’s trailers proves more terrifying than anything out there on that lonely road.”
Road Train is currently in post production, and no US release has yet been announced. Thanks to 24Framespersecond for the heads up on the trailer.
What do you think?