Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back
One year ago, Jess and Nicole headed off to California but nobody ever heard of them again. When Jess’ brother, corporal Tom Hilts, returns from army duty he sets out to finds his brother, accompanied by his girlfriend Marilyn and his best friend Jared who has always had a crush on Nicole. As they set off for their search, they have no idea that their trip will lead them straight into the hands of “the driver”.
Sound and Vision:
Overall the image is decent but there are certain scenes that contain a bit of grain or lack some detail. Seeing as it’s a low budget production we don’t mind this too much as it does manage to add a bit to the atmosphere.
The sound does a decent job without standing out of the crowd.
– Audio commentary by John Shiban and Shawn Papazian
– Doomed to Repeat: The Mythology of Rest Stop
– Alternative Ending
– Deleted Scenes
Most extras are pretty standard but the Doomed to Repeat feature is a nice addition that doesn’t go along the standard roads of the usual “Making Of” but actually gives some interesting background info on how the storyline was created and how the makers wanted to go further with this sequel. Especially the word “interesting” is what sets this feature apart from the usual crap we get as “extra”.
Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back is the sequel to Rest Stop and is part of Warner’s direct-to-dvd Raw Feed label which focuses on low-budget quality horror and sci-fi movies. As such, Raw Feed has got another winner in its hands as Rest Stop 2 is actually one of the better sequels we’ve seen to slasher movies, with a storyline that takes the original while adding just enough to keep it interesting for the viewer.
It doesn’t happen all too often but with “the driver” and the bible family, Shawn Papazian has actually managed to create a couple of characters that can almost compete with some of Hollywood’s most notorious slashers, meaning Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, eventhough they’ll probably never manage to get the same cult status due to the fact they’ve never been shown at the movies.
In its genre, Rest Stop: Don’t Look Back is certainly one of the best movies we’ve seen lately and we would certainly recommend it.