‘Be careful who you rideshare with’
The Rideshare Killer is a 2022 American murder mystery thriller about a serial murderer who is using a new app to lure victims. Meanwhile, the female CEO of the app – Rock n Ride – must stop the psycho before he destroys the company and kills her entire technology team…
Written, produced and directed by Ashley Scott Meyers (The Pinch); co-writer of Snake Outta Compton) along with story consultants Tammy Gross, Stephen Hess, Rick McCormick and Tad Israel Wojnicki. Also produced by Tony Greenberg and Gavin Peretti.
The movie stars Tuesday Knight (The Amityville Moon; Shriekshow; Wes Craven’s New Nightmare; A Nightmare on Elm Street 4), Victoria De Mare, Croix Provence, Jeffry Druce, Oliver Robins (Celebrity Crush; Poltergeist (1982) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side), James Balsamo, Shuja Paul, Anouk Samuel, Gavin Peretti and Eric Roberts.
Writer-director Ashley Scott Meyers apparently wanted to capture the feel of 1970s Gialli thrillers infused with Scream (presumably just the cell phone intimidation from the latter) for The Rideshare Killer.
Unfortunately, he failed badly because the end product – and it does feel like product – is nowhere near as stylish and gripping as the Italian sub-genre he name-checks (the killer’s black gloves being the sole obvious influence), let alone anything directed by Wes Craven.
With a plodding plot and a bland score by Amy Balcomb it comes across more like a violent TV movie, albeit one with a plethora of garrotings. Indeed, the cavalcade of killings towards the climax makes the predictable final stalking of Tuesday Knight’s plucky CEO character more comical than suspenseful. She’s seen waddling around like a trapped duck whilst the killer saunters around behind with no sense of urgency onscreen.
Nonetheless, The Rideshare Killer is a perfectly watchable time waster if you really have nothing more exciting to choose from and at just $1.99 to rent via Amazon it won’t hurt your bank balance. The hamfisted attempts at mild humour involving Victoria De Mare’s kooky character may even raise a smile or two. Just don’t expect anything more than a by-the-numbers mystery with a few nods to the dangers women travelling alone can obviously place themselves in by using rideshare apps.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA
“Between the script and the actors, a lot of characters in The Rideshare Killer feel “fake” – an odd thing to say about a film but there’s a level of insincerity to some of the performances and the dialogue that takes you out of the film entirely. And, unfortunately, at one crucial point in the film, at the crescendo of the story, it honestly becomes laughable.” 2.5/5 Nerdly
” …you need to have enough suspects to create a mystery. Of the three that The Rideshare Killer offers up, two are obviously the wrong build to be the killer and the other ends up dead by the start of act three. This means the killer ends up being an out-of-left-field choice you have no way of figuring out.” 1/5 Voices from the Balcony
During the film’s Kickstarter campaign writer-director Ashley Scott Meyers declared that The Rideshare Killer is a “mystery thriller feature film that pays homage to the great Italian Giallo films from the ’60s and ’70s but with a modern twist” and “Scream meets The Social Network.”
Cast and characters:
Tuesday Knight … Julia Altimari
Victoria De Mare … Naomi McGinny
Croix Provence … Lorraine Barber
Jeffry Druce … Reginald Altimari
Oliver Robins … Billy Smith
James Balsamo … Chip
Shuja Paul … Rohan Patel
Anouk Samuel … Samantha Pagley
Gavin Peretti … Sergeant Dunkle
Eric Roberts … Lieutenant Moyer
Todd Senofonte … James
Nika Balina … Patricia
Roberta Bassin … Bonnie Altimari
Becktoria … Caitlin
Canelle Boughton … Michelle
Amy Covell … Reporter Erin Rogers
Robert Dunne … Detective Kennedy
Josh Eisenberg … Devon
Brynne Erskine … Bobbi
Sokrates Frantzis … Todd
Emory Jason Hofferman … Jon
Josh Madson … Glen
Erica Manni … Riley
Rio Summers … Amanda
Alex Michael Torres … Mike
Wally Wingert … Reggie Altimari Jr
1 hour 23 minutes