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No Rest for the Wicked in 'Rest Stop'

22 Jun, 2008 By: Kyra Kudick

Rest Stop: Don't Look Back

There may be no respite for weary travelers in Rest Stop: Don't Look Back, but fans confused by the plot of the film's predecessor, Rest Stop, may find answers to the questions that plagued them.

“I took the sequel to answer questions about the back story,” said writer and producer John Shiban. He said he both explains and expands on the history of the characters involved, making sure the film both works as a sequel and as a standalone film.

Warner Home Video releases Rest Stop: Don't Look Back, the fifth film of the Raw Feed direct-to-video horror label, Oct. 7 (prebook Sept. 2) at $24.98.

Shiban declared the sequel to be “bigger, sexier and scarier” than the first. Richard Tillman (Over Her Dead Body), Jessie Ward (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”) and Graham Norris (The Jane Austen Book Club) star as three new unsuspecting travelers who come to the rest stop in search of their missing friends. Instead they find the driver of the yellow truck and the creepy Winnebago family ... and not a small amount of torture.

“It is more gruesome [than the first film],” Shiban said. “I felt obligated to up the ante.”

And that sentiment goes beyond just the gore. Shiban also said that as a fan of the genre, he prefers to see more than just another round of victims in a sequel; he also wants to see the story evolve.

The evolution of this story is explained in the bonus materials with the featurette “Doomed to Repeat: The Mythology of Rest Stop,” which includes interviews with both the cast and crew.

In addition to the usual round of deleted scenes, the bonus features also include a commentary with Shiban and director Shawn Papazian, and an additional scene called “The Owner's Demise,” which Shiban shot himself and described as “a fun little mini-movie.”

Possibly the most noteworthy bonus (at least for the future of the franchise) is an alternate ending for the fate of the lead character.

Shiban said the first draft of the ending answered questions posed within the film, but instead he decided to leave it a mystery and make room for a third film, a story he said he already has in mind.

“There is an intricate mythology here — plenty more stories to tell,” Shiban said.

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