The other day I was hanging out with my wife’s boyfriend and he wanted to watch a horror movie. He ended up picking this movie called Rideshare that’s streaming for free on Amazon Prime and I figured I’d write a review of it.
I’m not a huge fan of Amazon Prime ever since Amazon banned me from publishing my books on their Kindle platform, but whatever, it’s still one of the better options for watching streaming horror movies and it has a better selection than Netflix and Hulu.
Rideshare was written and directed by Tremain Hayhoe, which is a crazy name. It looks like Rideshare was his first feature film as a director.
Rideshare tells the story of a driver for a company called Hitch, which is basically like a movie version of Lyft or Uber. The driver is named Jason and he’s a fat psycho who uses poisoned water bottles to dispatch random passengers.
Jason is portrayed by Bradley Laborman and is a totally awesome character! Bradley’s performance is excellent, especially his comedic timing. This movie had me laughing more than most comedies do, especially an excellent rape joke that Jason tells early in the film.
The tone and plot of this movie, and especially the main character, all give me the same feeling I’m used to getting from reading a Richard Laymon novel. Just creepy as fuck, and totally unpredictable.
One of the scenes that creeped me out the most was when Jason delivered a veggie burger to this douchebag girl and he put drugs in her burger. I’ve always been paranoid about having someone tamper with my food so that scene really got to me.
Another thing I liked about this movie was the twist towards the end of the movie where you find out Jason isn’t the only serial killer working that night. I loved Curtis McGann’s portrayal of the other killer, although I wish he could have had a bigger role. I would have liked to have seen a more drawn out serial killer face off, but I understand that would have made this a totally different sort of movie, and it’s something we’ve already seen before like in that episode of Masters Of Horror called Pick Me Up.
I think that if Tremain Hayhoe could get the rights to adapt a Richard Laymon novel into film that he’d be the perfect writer/director to do it. I think it’s something he should really look into.
Rideshare is one of the better horror movies I’ve seen in a while. My wife’s boyfriend also really enjoyed it, especially the scene where this bitchy blonde girl berates Jason for having a hula girl glued to his dashboard. That scene was based on a real life incident that happened to a Lyft driver, which you can watch in the video posted below:
In conclusion, the word on the streets is that Tremain Hayhoe is a director to watch for, and if you miss out on Rideshare you’re only fucking yourself!