Big Joe Rosso and his son Joey, two hard-working truckers, find themselves at odds with the local shitkicking redneck sleazeball Doyle family when they get off with a slap on the wrist for a reckless drunk driving incident that kills the Rosso family (sans Big Joe and Joey).
Now a widower with nothing to lose, Big Joe sets out to make the Doyles pay for their crime but the clan outnumber the Rosso’s and end up one step ahead of them, dropping cinder blocks off of a bridge, causing Rosso’s big rig to flip. Hospitalized and on the verge of death, the task falls upon Joe’s son Joey to dole out the bloody justice the hillbilly’s so sorely deserve.
Instead of mowing them down with guns like any good vigilante though, he gets to work retrofitting an old eight-wheeler with armor, a massive well-digging drill and huge monster truck wheels, turning a simple semi into a rolling, roaring, fire-breathing instrument of pain, death and destruction. His first “shot” rings out loud and clear when he targets the used car lot belonging to the Doyle family patriarch Tiny (Ned Beatty) and flattens it!
Even with the “wheels of justice” on Joey’s side the Doyles aren’t so easily intimidated, despite being menaced by the phantom vehicle at every turn and picked off one by one. Instead of running they savagely rearrange Joey’s girlfriend’s cooter in retaliation right there in Joey’s front yard! To compound the tragedy of his family’s murder and his girlfriend’s rape, Big Joe dies on the operating table.
Unhinged, and with law enforcement breathing down his neck, the last of the Rosso family makes his final stand with the truck of destruction and no Doyle will be left standing!
Rolling Vengeance is one hell of an obscure and entertaining entry into the revenge sub-genre! This had it all: a monster truck, rednecks, rape, revenge, nudity and Ned Beatty chewing frames like an elementary school projector! Some of the dialogue was lame, the rednecks were outrageously cliched and the score was an ass-clenching easy listening travesty but this was really quite good anyhow! How can you go wrong when you combine a monster truck and a tale of small-town revenge? I defy any geek to say that a monster truck wouldn’t have made Last House on the Left or I Spit On Your Grave crowd-pleasers!
Sadly you won’t be able to rent Rolling Vengeance as it’s not carried by pretty much anybody but it is currently available for viewing (FREE!) right now on Comcast’s Impact: Action On Demand channel! If you plan to purchase this film, an odd little company dedicated exclusively to releasing trucker films currently carries this title on DVD for about $26. Only in America right? The company is called…hold for it now…TRUCKERFLICKS! I wouldn’t pay over $5 for this on DVD myself despite the entertainment value but I do recommend checking it out. Big fun.