There is nothing low-budget about the New Jersey Turnpike...unless we are speaking of the expectations of the motorists who travel on it. Today we look at a low-budget slasher film from New Jersey, 2009's "The Turnpike Killer" (written and directed by Evan Makrogiannis and Brian Weaver). Heavily influenced by by the Son of Sam killings, this film will remind the viewer of Lucio Fulci's "The New York Ripper." Complete with a psycho who follows the guidance of the voices in his head, those who lived through David Berkowitz' carnage will be reminded of the reign of teror that engulfed The Big Apple during the Billy Martin-George Steinbrenner feud. Filmed in a grainy style, this work also has the feel of a late 1970s drive-in horror yarn.
After some more brutal killings in which Jon initially charms his female victims, he meets Jen (Lyndsey Brown). The lovely but naive Jen is clean cut, beautiful, and according to the voice..."the chosen one." Jon has to have her...but for what? Meanwhile,a wiry NYPD detective (Edgar Moye) is finding the heads oh the women in New York City. Detective Lloyd believes the Turnpike serial killer is at work....killing in New Jersey, and dumping the carnage in New York. As Jon closes in on Jen, Detective Lloyd gets closer to solving these murders. Will Lloyd discover the true killer before Jon makes his move on Jen?