Hell's Highway (2002 film)
DVD released by Brain Damage Films
|Directed by||Jeff Leroy|
|Produced by||David S. Sterling|
|Written by||Jeff Leroy|
|Music by||Jay Woelfel|
|Edited by||Jeff Leroy|
Brain Damage Films
|Distributed by||Brain Damage Films|
|Running time||70 minutes|
Hell's Highway is a 2002 horror film written and directed by Jeff Leroy.
Out on a highway in Death Valley, a man picks up a female hitchhiker named Lucindia, and gives her a drink. Lucindia has a coughing fit upon ingesting the liquid, stumbles out of the vehicle, and is stabbed to death by the motorist. The man (revealed to be a priest, whose offer to Lucindia was holy water) buries Lucindia's body, and erects a crucifix similar to the dozens dotting the roadside over the impromptu grave. As the preacher prays, Lucindia reappears and bludgeons him with his shovel as he shouts "El Diablo!"
Nearby, four college students (Eric, Chris, Monique, and Sarah) from Western Pennsylvania are on a road trip to Redondo Beach. Spotting Lucindia at a cluster of crosses, the quartet pick her up, and ask her about the grave markers. Lucindia tells them that this stretch of supposedly cursed road (nicknamed "The Devil's Highway" and "The Desert of the Angry Spirits") was originally known as Hobb's Road, and that during pioneer times a group of settlers were trapped by an avalanche, and forced into cannibalism to survive. When Chris mentions that a group of their friends are also on their way to Redondo Beach, Lucindia claims she tortured them to death before pulling out a gun and sexually assaulting Sarah. When Lucindia tries to shoot Sarah in the crotch, Sarah and Eric manage to knock her out of the vehicle.
The next day, Lucindia (who had just robbed, castrated and murdered a motorist) catches up with the college students, who run her down, beheading and disemboweling her. On what's left of Lucindia's body, Eric finds Chris's brother's cell phone, and a battery pack that fits into a camcorder Sarah had earlier discovered in the desert. The group watches the last few minutes recorded by the camera, which show Lucindia shooting all their friends after they held a botched séance in the desert. Lucindia turns to the camera and tells a story about a settler couple who became trapped in the valley, and to try and save his wife, the husband killed himself so she could consume his flesh. Her husband's body was not enough to sustain her, and in her last dying hours the woman cursed God and prayed to the Devil for salvation, and received it in exchange for a steady stream of victims.
When the footage ends, Lucindia appears and butchers Chris with a chainsaw. The students drive off, with Lucindia catching up to them when they stop to dump Chris's body. Sarah, Eric and Monique run, but are cornered by a pair of Lucindias, who murder Eric and Monique. Sarah kills one of the Lucindias, and is saved from the remaining one by two government operatives, who capture Sarah.
Sarah is taken to a military installation, where it is explained that there were four equally delusional Lucindias, and that they were the result of cloning and growth serum experiments. The staff tells Sarah that she is going to become their new test subject, and as they try to give her an injection, a wounded Lucindia barges in. Sarah screams "I told you the Devil would come back!" as Lucindia opens fire with a shotgun, causing an explosion that presumably kills her and everyone else in the room.
- Phoebe Dollar as Lucindia/Nurse Polonia
- Kiren David as Sarah McKinnis
- Hank Horner as Eric
- Beverly Lynne as Monique
- Jonathan Gray as Chris Struther
- Ron Jeremy as Jack
- Joe Haggerty as Preacher
- Garrett Clancy as Doctor Sullivan
- Brian C. Donnelly as Ralph Struther
- Jackie Johnson as Julie
- Jennifer Warren as Carla
- Natalie Pierre as Debra
- Joe Castro as Guard
- Gina Hardy as Nurse
- Darlene Tygrett as Nurse
- Brandon Ellison as Doctor/Demon
- Micheal Shelton as Guard
Hell's Highway was called an "amateurish and dumb Hitcher wannabe" by The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre. While Independent Flicks criticized many aspects of Hell's Highway and gave it a one and a half out of seven, the website admitted that despite its flaws the film was still entertaining.
Monsters at Play described the film as "an entertaining guilty pleasure" and concluded "There are some truly inspired moments to be found within that make Hell's Highway a more than satisfying view". Movie Feast also responded well to the film, writing "An entertainingly silly and gory slasher flick, Hell's Highway raises almost no suspense and is a far cry from scary, but delivers plenty of gore and a few laughs for low budget connoisseurs. A fun cast, decent effects and a fast pace makes this a winner and worth checking out".
- Zev Toledano. "Gore & Splatter". Hell's Highway. The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- Jurgen Lundin (August 10, 2012). "DVD Review: Hell's Highway (Video 2002)". Hell's Highway. Independent Flicks. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- Lawrence P. Raffel. "Hell's Highway (2001)". Hell's Highway. Monsters at Play. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- Doug Tilley (March 11, 2009). "Bloody Nightmares #10: Hell's Highway (2002)". Hell's Highway. Movie Feast. Retrieved January 16, 2013.