When two special agents cut through a condemned desolate highway known as route 666 while tracking a suspect they discover a danger far worse than deadly twists and turns. Years ago a notorious chain gang was killed in a h... more »orrific roadside murder and the highway still echoes with it brutal legacy. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 05/22/2007 Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips Steven Williams Run time: 90 minutes Rating: R« less
M. Hartmann | Milan, Michigan United States | 10/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just as entertaining as the 2nd time - still great when "pop" comes across to save his son. Enjoyed the humor - and the acted characters. Bought it because of Lou Diamond Philips as I enjoy his acting. Will watch again [in time] - must be enjoyed for what it is and not for what you expect. Some gross blood letting but in keeping with the story. Just a little harry-scarry but beautiful color scenery [if you like the desert] Definitely recommend for easy enjoyment -- not for children."
Wesley's sophomore slump is strictly midde of the road.
Chadwick H. Saxelid | Concord, CA United States | 03/13/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It's been something like 14 years since William Wesley made an impressive debut with the atmospheric and creepy horror film Scarecrows (DVD please!). In waiting so long to make a follow up did the writer/dirctor hope to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump? Well, if that was his intention, the man failed, utterly. Route 666 is pretty much a disappointment for anyone expecting a tight and fun thrill ride.Federal Agents Lou Diamond Phillips and Lori Petty capture escaped witness Steven Williams. Just before their back-up arrives a posse of hitman show up and start firing. Here Wesley shows his big artistic contribution to the film, he wiggles the camera up and down and back forth in an irritating manner so the viewer can't see how lackluster the action is. The trio escapes, a sole surviving hitman in pursuit, and, in a bad decision, the group decides to take a short cut along Route 666, a condemned/deserted highway that was closed down due to a chaingang accident that, in a contrivance that gets the eyes rolling, happens to be linked to Phillips character's family history. It is not too long before the chaingang's ghost zombies (the movie can't decided which they are so they are both) show up and begin pounding victims into the pavement. The road needs blood, you see.On the plus side the movie does feature a great b-movie cast (legendary character actors Dick Miller and L.Q. Jones get to join in on the fun) and the movie is polished and professional looking. Steven Williams shows some comic relief skills (and gets a great in-joke for his stint as Mr. X on The X-Files). On the downside the script is atrocious (the graveside exposition is a low point worth mentioning) and the characters behavior largely decided by the action instead of vice versa (why do the bad guys show up and begin shooting people needlessly when they have no reason and nothing whatsoever to gain by doing so? Because they are BAD guys and that is what BAD guys do!) and WHY is L.Q. Jones wearing sunglasses indoors while reading a book? Did he get his pupils dilated during the shoot or something?Final thought? Route 666 is a disappointment, granted an entertaining one, but, considering what this director is capable of, one not worth more than the price of a rental."
Eerie, weird little desert ghost/revenge tale
Elaine | The Deep, Dark, Gothic South, USA | 11/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, here's another "Lion's Gate Special", meaning a fairly decent low-budget horror flick that was released with no fanfare and the DVD has next to no extras. I only watched it as it was on TV one Saturday afternoon - liked it so much I had to buy it. When WILL Lion's Gate get it together?
That being said, "Route 666" stars Lou Diamond Philips, Lori Petty, Steven Williams ("Mr. X" on "The X-Files") and Dale Midkiff ("Pet Sematary"). It's a weird little chiller about a group of Federal Marshals (led by Philips) hauling a reluctant member of the Witness Protection Program (Williams) to testify in LA against his mobster bosses (who are, of course, after his ass as well). Everyone ends up on Route 66 but, due to a series of circumstances, have to take the long-closed Route 666 (there really WAS a Route 666 once) as it's a short-cut to LA and to avoid the hitmen. BUT, there's something "strange" about the lonely desert road which leads to a series of bizarre deaths, vengeance for some eerie zombie-like characters lurking on (or is it under?) the road, a traitorous sheriff and Steven Williams who has some of the BEST, most hilarious lines for a horror movie.
"Route 666" isn't the greatest horror movie in the world but, for a low-budget flick, I thought it was worth the purchase price. And it DID have some chilling moments for me and isn't that the bottom line with horror movies?"
KEEP OFF THE ROAD
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/23/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"SEE: *Lou Diamond Phillips drink peyote tea with a bald shaman *See Steven Williams do his Joe Pesci Lethal Weapon impersonation AND pee three times *See Dale Midkiff the Human Ham in a terrifically campy performace *See zombies from the chain gang swing their pick and jam their jackhammer *See Steven Williams smash a nasty scorpion *See L. Q. Jones play the crooked sheriff for the 100th time *See Lou's Dad help his son out when he needs him most Actually, I have tongue in cheek, but ROUTE 666 is a pretty enjoyable, if sometimes ludicrous, horror thriller. The actors for the most part are sincere, and the muddled pacing doesn't destroy the movie. The jerky camera movements get a little old, however. Not a turkey, but maybe a little pheasant?"
S. Dickler | LA | 08/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Route 666 is a very enjoyable captivating film. It has a good cast, decent story, and an interesting style. Agents Lou Dimond Philips and Lori Petty have to go and track down a federal witnesss who is on the run ( Steven Williams). Then they must get him to court on time to testify. To do this they and four other agents decide to take a supposedly haunted route 666, were a chain gang accident had happend. Through the movie we find out more about it through cool, but bizarre flash backs. Philips is entertaining in his lead role. As is Petty and Williams who are both enjoyable and very funny. It's a very underrated flick that is worth having in your collecton for a rainy day. A must buy."