‘The road is hell.’
Rucker is a 2022 American horror-thriller about a trucker who is also a mass serial killer on a mission to complete a grisly death portrait.
Co-produced and directed by Amy Hesketh from a screenplay co-written with co-producer Aaron Drane.
The Decadent Cinema production stars Bobby C. King (The Card Counter), Cheyenna Lee, Corey Taylor, Jessica Cameron, Leona Britt and Jennifer True.
For the past thirty years, Rucker the trucker (Bobby C. King) has devoted his life to travelling the road as a mass serial killer. When Rucker picks up unsuspecting Maggie (Cheyenna Lee), she makes him the subject of her trucker documentary.
However, her life takes a dangerous detour when Rucker recruits her to complete his masterpiece: A connect-the-dots roadmap portrait of his ex-wife comprised of the women he’s killed who resemble her…
Rucker begins in a matter-of-fact cinéma-vérité style that suggests it might be an interesting and contemporary Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer style movie. The mundane life-on-the-road is realistically presented and it’s initially enlivened by some of the minor quirks the truckers have embraced, such as crocheting and Slipknot and Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor’s cameo where he reveals the origins of his CB-radio handle by bashing a piñata.
Meanwhile, Cheyenna Lee’s Maggie character nonchalantly documents Rucker’s existence and thoughts. As Rucker’s spate of repetitive killings continues (it’s almost exactly the same modus operandi each time) Maggie seems as disinterested as many viewers will perhaps have become. Matters are not helped by the insertion of some hand-drawn animations from a child’s point of view that only serve to break whatever dramatic build director Amy Hesketh and co-writer Aaron Drane were aiming for. Later, there’s more animation of a different kind that seems more akin to a rock video than a feature film. A tedious karaoke scene (that’s repeated!) and a drunken belching session will probably alienate many viewers further.
Bobby C. King plays the seemingly amiable killer trucker well, embracing the darkly comedic side of his psychopathic personality before going into a (perhaps predictable) full-on meltdown. Unfortunately, the film’s drawn-out final third is mostly just as much a slog as miles and miles on the open road. Obviously aimed at a different audience (but who?), Rucker contains very little of the aforementioned Michael Rooker classic’s fascinating repugnance. Which is a shame considering its ghoulish appeal during the first act.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA
“Not only is the movie boring, but its script is extremely confusing, and it seems like the creators really didn’t know where they were going with their story. Or maybe it’s a well-structured script, and it’s so boring that I’ve become disconnected from what it’s trying to show and lost details along the way? It doesn’t matter; neither scenario helps the film.” 10th Circle
” …King definitely goes all out for this role, and watching him act and have the time of his life was honestly the only truly terrific thing about the entire film. Other than King’s performance, there really isn’t anything to recommend about Rucker. It’s tonally confusing, features a bland script, and wastes its cast of incredibly talented actors.” Caillou Pettis Movie Reviews
“You can sense an attempt to capture the absurdity at play in this narrative, mostly via these bizarre animated segments that pop up throughout the film, but the laughs never come and the horror is far too anemic to shock or terrify […] Rucker becomes a rudderless ship, a meandering, often confusing, and relatively dull movie with actors going through the motions while desperately searching for something to liven up the narrative.” Horror Media
“Making Rucker a bland, dull nobody that you wouldn’t give a second look to is a change from serial killers who might as well have “serial killer” tattooed on their forehead. Unfortunately, Hesketh and Drane can’t bring him to life the way Richard Fire and John McNaughton did in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. […] Rucker has its moments and a few interesting ideas but seems to be more interested in working in snippets of animation, funny stories and even a battle of the belches than developing them.” Voices from the Balcony
In the USA, Giant Pictures will release Rucker On-Demand on January 4th 2022.
Cast and characters:
Bobby C. King … Leif Rucker
Cheyenna Lee … Maggie Goodnow
Corey Taylor … Taco Tuesday
Chloe Jacobson … Child Maggie
Sean Pickering … Corndog
Zivin King … King Mojo
Vicki Shamp … Real Darlene
Leona Britt … Darlene #1
Jennifer True … Darlene #47
Jessica Cameron … Darlene #48
Alicia Dove … Darlene #49
Deb Campbell … Darlene #50
Kate Giuggio … Darlene #51
Kay Limon Rivera … Darlene #52
Deedra L. Lawless … Darlene #53
Jay Wyatt … Loading Dock Guy
Richie Jacobson … Karaoke DJ
Jonathan Weir … Sad Karaoke Singer
Jack Corrasco … Police #1
Randall S. Powell … Police #2
1 hour 36 minutes