Siblings Darius and Trish (Justin Long and Gina Philips) take the long, rural way home from college during spring break. First, they are terrorized by an apparent madman driving a fortified truck (even the windows are covered with steel plates). All hell breaks loose down the road after the two co-eds see the mysterious driver dump two sheet-wrapped bodies down a large drainpipe and decide to investigate. Victor Salva (Powder
) has made one of the scariest, most sadistic and most wildly preposterous movies of the year. The first half is a near-classic encounter between young adults and a sinister stalker that plays like Duel
meets Silence of the Lambs
. It uses some ingenious dialogue to build characters and crawl under your skin. The latter half is drive-in creature-feature rubbish that tosses a human-organ-eating monster, psychic (Patricia Belcher) and shotgun-toting cat lady (Eileen Brennan) tossed into the mix.